Researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center presented findings at the American Urological Association’s Annual Meeting that may alarm Medicare beneficiaries. The findings showed that kidney cancer patients with Medicare as their primary payer were more likely to have a kidney removed entirely than those with private insurance.
Kidney cancer is often treated by removing an entire kidney, but this may be unnecessary. The long-term benefits of only removing the cancerous portion of a kidney include longer life expectancy, maintaining maximum kidney function, and lower risk of dialysis.
If you’re eligible for Medicare, you may benefit from Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare Supplement Insurance. Medicare Part A deals with home health care, hospice, hospital, and skilled nursing care, while Part B handles doctors’ services, other medical services, and supplies not covered by Part A. You can receive these Part A and Part B Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans that are called Medicare Advantage Insurance. These plans can offer more benefits, and lower co-payments than Medicare Part A and B.
Our friendly experts at MediGap Advisors can answer your questions, and make enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan easy for you. Just call us at 866 323-1441. We can handle your enrollment over the phone, or email, fax, mail, or sometimes personally deliver an application to you. Right now is the best time to ensure that you have the right coverage to protect your health before you need it.

Wiley Long is founder and president of Medigap Advisors, and is passionate about helping people navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. He is the author of The Medicare Playbook: Designing Your Successful Health Coverage Strategy, a clear and simple explanation so you can make the most of your Medicare coverage.