Taking the Mystery out of Medicare: What You or Your Parents Need to Know

July 21, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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Many people find the process of enrolling in Medicare complicated and daunting. They are pummeled by mail solicitations from insurance companies, and they receive government booklets that some folks find hard to decipher. Danielle Kunkle will explain clearly what decisions you need to make, how to gather the information you need, and what key things each beneficiary should prepare for each year. Features and costs of Medicare Gap insurance policies, Medicare Part D drug plans, and Medicare Advantage plans can change every year, and there is a period each year when you can reconfirm or change your coverage. Danielle will explain how Medicare works and help listeners understand the concepts and options. She will also offer great tips for avoiding Medicare insurance pitfalls and not spending money on coverage you don’t really need.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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