Get A Second Opinion!

Hello Medicare Shopper, I hope this note finds you well.

Just like they said in the Paul Newman movie Blaze…

“Never trust a man who says ‘trust me!'”

The same goes for healthcare.

You already know that most healthcare practitioners are decent, honest, well meaning professionals, committed to maintaining and improving your health.

But that doesn’t mean they are free of cognitive bias. We are all guilty of being trapped in our in silos of beliefs and practices.

So if you receive health advice and they recommend invasive/expensive services or procedures…

GET A SECOND OPINION!

More often than not, the second opinion will confirm the advice of the first practitioner…

But sometimes it won’t.

I had a dentist who recommended a crown. Like any normal patient, I had the crown done and thought nothing of it (Other than it was a lot of money).

Six months later, they recommended another crown for a different tooth. That gave me pause!

Instead of saying yes immediately, I had their office email the x-rays and the paperwork to me and then sent them to a different dentist.

The new dentist told me that I could have the crown done if I wanted but that it truly wasn’t necessary, not yet anyway!

My wallet said thank you!

Look, getting a second opinion is NOT an indictment of your doctor!

My brother is a Radiation Oncologist. He routinely provides second opinions and encourages his patients to seek out second opinions as well.

And like this article on WebMD says, visit a different institution if you can.

A competent Medicare Insurance Broker will do the same thing: they will work with multiple carriers and types of coverage so that you can explore all of your options, and NOT pigeon hole you into a single plan or company.

So get a second opinion, and if you need one on Medicare insurance options, book a time on my calendar here.

Sunscreen vs Screentime

Sunscreen vs Screentime – As a Medicare Insurance Broker, I speak with clients all over the country.

Some are living well and others are struggling.

Of course that’s normal.

We can’t control everything, but…

Little changes can pay huge dividends.

One of the simplest ways to improve our health and our happiness is…

Get outside!

Sunscreen vs Screentime – Even a few minutes of time in the sun, pulling weeds, walking about or jumping in the rec center pool can improve our mood and make us feel better.

It’s all about small steps and staying active.

Here’s a link to an article.

And if you have questions about Medicare Insurance, click here to schedule a time to chat.

And just like mom said, get out of the house now! 🙂

Hearing Loss Ruins Everything!

Greetings!

Hearing Loss Ruins Everything – As a Medicare As a Medicare Insurance Broker, I speak with clients every week about Medicare Insurance options, the topic of self-care, and how retirees best manage the aging process.

Want to know the biggest mistake I see?

How hard it is for some people to deal with hearing loss.

That used to be me!

Hearing Loss Ruins Everything – Hearing loss causes social isolation, cognitive decline and it can lead to depression.

The average person procrastinates more than six years AFTER hearing loss has occurred!

Wanna be happier? Wanna live longer? Want have more meaningful connections?

Swallow your damn pride and get your hearing tested!

It changed my life for the better.

Some Medicare Insurance plans include hearing benefits, so check your plan.

If they don’t, go to Costco or Sam’s Club and schedule a free hearing test.

Just remember to be patient with the hearing aid learning process…

Hearing loss occurs over time and it usually takes a while to find the right equipment and for the brain to adjust.

Of course not everyone succeeds with hearing aids.

But, if you persevere, the payoff is HUGE…

More joy, better relationships, and you might be able to hear the birds again!

Here’s great article on hearing loss.

And if you do need help or have questions about Medicare Insurance Plans, book a time on my calendar.

I’ll be happy to help.

Talk soon!

Karl

I’ve Got Some Bad News…

I’ve got some bad news…

“We’re all gonna die! ☹!”

Now before you get upset, here’s the good news…

If you are reading this, you are still alive 😊!

And for that, give thanks!

As your Medicare Insurance Broker, I see too many people lose sight of this fact.

If you clicked on the video, you learned how thinking about death can improve your life!

I spoke with a young friend whose mother had been diagnosed with and died of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer kills quickly.

Can you imagine how distraught this must have made him and his family?

Nicholas’ response to his mother’s diagnoses changed everything.

“When they told me she had this cancer, in my mind, I decided she was already dead. That made every second I had with her thereafter a gift from heaven.”

Miraculously, his mother lived another 24 months.

Did his mother die well?

Nicholas did not sugarcoat anything.

“It was hard, she died in the hospital, but she died surrounded by the people she loved most, my father, my sister and I, and those last two years gave her more love than she ever could have imagined. Those last two years were a gift.”

We are all going to die.

But using this knowledge to reframe every waking moment can bring deep joy and new energy to all pleasure and the challenges in our lives.

Life is all about perspective. The onus is upon to remember and reframe, to get our minds off ourselves and to find ways to help others.

That’s it for this week.

Remember when you and your friends have questions about Medicare, I’m here if you need me.

Click here to Schedule a Meeting with Karl

Is it time to move?

May this note find you well despite the madness of the times.

Spring has sprung and it feels great and hopeful to be out in the sun 😊.

So as we were cleaning flower beds, putting down some mulch and deciding if we need to repaint, my wife Q blindsided me with a question.

Is it time move?

It so felt strange to even think of leaving this home, this place we love and where we raised our kids but…

She was right.

In my practice is a Medicare Insurance Broker, I often speak with long time clients who have ignored this question for far too long and then SUDDENLY find themselves overwhelmed and forced to move when their health goes south.

Check out the video and find out what you need to think about.

The good news is that, with planning, many homes can be modified in advance so we can age in place and  live where and how we wish.

Setting up a support system using trusted relatives, a geriatric care manager, legal planning and the right insurance and financial counselors may mean that you can stay in control of your life and your home but…

You need to do the planning BEFORE you need it, otherwise it’ll be ugly for you and your family. This article is a great start.

If you have questions about Medicare Insurance,

Click here to Schedule a Meeting with Karl

Would you retire overseas?

I hope this note finds you well and staying safe despite the madness.

As a Medicare Insurance broker, I speak with retirees every day doing their best to make their retirement go farther.

Find out how Chase to took his retirement overseas to reduce his costs and improve the quality of his life.

Living abroad is definitely not for everyone, but many Americans are doing so and loving it.

Here’s a great article with the pros and the cons of retiring abroad.

Meantime, if you have questions about how Medicare works, in the US or overseas, click here to schedule a meeting.

Have a great week and call me if you need me.

Do you know the difference between a Medicare Insurance Broker and a Captive Agent?

I hope your week is going well despite these crazy times.

It’s beginning to feel like fall here. Can  you believe we’re already having snow in the mountains? Hopefully it’ll put out some of the fires.

Not knowing the difference between a Broker and an Captive Agent during this Annual Election Period can cause consumers to seriously limit their Medicare options.  Click on the picture below to learn more and to see my family 😊.

When I first began working in insurance many years ago, I was a Captive Agent.  But after two months, it became clear that I couldn’t truly help people shop for coverage unless I became independent and I’ve been a Broker ever since.

What I love about being a Medicare Insurance Broker is the freedom to provide clients with the unvarnished truth, the good, the bad and the ugly about all the plans. I’m not always able to help everyone, but I do try to do my best and to learn from every interaction and continue to grow. That’s all we can do, right?

The Annual Election Period is now in full swing and all of the plans for 2021 are out. Medicare Supplement Plans really don’t change much from year to year. Many of the Medicare Advantage Plans have raised their Maximum out of Pocket levels but they’ve also increased some of their offerings, $0 copay telehealth visits and over the counter spending benefits. Every person’s needs are different.

The important thing? Book a time on my calendar if you are not sure if your current coverage fits the bill. Also remember to look at your drug costs and make certain your drug coverage is still working, especially if your taking expensive brand name drugs.

Have a great week and let your friends know I’m here if they have questions about Medicare.

Take Care of Yourself During COVID!

My wife Q and I are into our third week of exploring the great Northwest, taking hikes, wearing masks, staying at Airbnb’s and doing as we/she pleases. After a career of 70 hour work weeks, it was definitely time for Quantz to take a break and we are loving it.

Here’s the funny thing, as a Medicare Insurance Broker, I’m actually more productive on the road than when I am working from home, crazy right? Here’s the thing, on the road, there are so many less Honey do’s, no lawn, no garage, no big fridge filled with snacks😊. Now it’s work hard and play hard, so don’t worry, I plan to keep this schedule for a long, long time.

Today, let’s remember the importance of self-care. It’s too easy to ignore our own needs when life is screaming out for our attention. But if we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t be able to take of others. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW and watch the video.

So many of us are caregivers for parents and family and it is so easy to dismiss our own needs, until something unexpected happens that turns our life upside down. Two years ago, when a family member had a significant change in health, I spent the summer as a caregiver and it changed my life, for the better. It forced me to reevaluate how and with whom I spend my time.

We only have one life so it’s all on us to front load happiness:

Drink good coffee.
Give thanks for what you have.
Help others.
Kiss babies, snuggle with pets.
Forgive, apologize and share.
Laugh as much as you can, at yourself and at life!

That’s it for this week, article below. We are about 8 weeks away from the annual election period. Remember to send your friends and family this way if they have Medicare questions.

Stay safe, stay cool and let’s talk soon!

How to Avoid Medicare Identity Theft

Do you know how to avoid Medicare Identity Theft?

This week I heard from a couple of different Medicare clients who tell me their identities were ALMOST stolen.

As Clint Eastwood used to say, “Do ya feel lucky? Well do ya??”

If you check out this video, you will be lucky.

Simple steps to protect yourself can go a long way:

Check your credit report, annualcreditreport.com is offering free weekly credit checks.

Don’t click on links unless you certain of the source.

If someone calls you from the IRS, Medicare, or any governmental organization, be careful.

This usa.gov website link has a ton helpful ideas ( and it’s real, I swear 😊)

As a Medicare Insurance broker, my job is to keep you informed and help you take the mystery out of Medicare.

Let me know if you have questions.