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Medicare & Durable Medical Equipment

What is Durable Medical Equipment? Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is equipment that assist users in activities of daily living, such as walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc. DME is necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury to better the functioning, health, and safety of the user. Medicare-covered DME meets these criteria: Be "durable" and able ...

Spotlight on our Volunteer SHIPMates!

Jim and Mary at the SHIP monthly volunteer meeting on December 17, 2018.     Hawaii SHIP spotlights on our stars, Mary & Jim, who have steered the program with their loyalty, longevity, and life experiences.  Our invaluable SHIPMates have contributed countless hours from the days of SAGE PLUS which evolved into SHIP.     Mary has been ...

Daifuku Mochi Recipe

Recipe from: Japanese Cooking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe54d7SK4rA101 Ingredients yield 8 pieces: 1 cup Mochiko3/4 cup water3/4 cup sugarPotato Starch or cornstarchRed bean paste Add Mochiko and water in a glass bowl and mix well. Continue adding more water if it’s too dry; about 1 Tbsp at a time.Steam Mochiko dough (leaving dough in bowl) in a steamer ...

Do you have your new Medicare card?

The new Medicare card was released in April 2018 and mailed to all Medicare beneficiaries, as well as to individuals approaching 65 years of age or who are in their 25th month of receiving disability benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services completed the mail out of new Medicare cards to all U.S. states ...

There’s a Second Chance to get your Medicare choices RIGHT!

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Another enrollment period!?! Who does this affect!?! What do I need to do?? In 2019, Medicare announced a NEW Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period. From January 1st – March 31st, all beneficiaries with a Medicare Advantage plan can change their plan OR switch back to Original Medicare Parts A, B, & ...