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Prepare now for the "Above-Normal" 2018 Hurricane Season
The 6-month 2018 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1st and forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this . . .

Q1Medicare.com introduces the ScriptSave WellRx Prescription Savings Card
We can now offer you the ScriptSave® WellRx Prescription Savings Card accepted at over 62,000 pharmacies nationwide. The ScriptSave WellRx Prescription Savings Card can be used by anyone an . . .

Medicare resources for people impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
For Medicare beneficiaries affected by 2017 Hurricane Harvey and Irma, please see the Medicare.gov page: “Getting care and drugs in disasters or emergencies” found at: https://www.medic . . .

Preparing for an "Above-Normal" 2017 Hurricane Season
The 6-month 2017 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1st and forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year . . .

Preparing for the 2016 Summer Storm and Hurricane Season
June 1st began the start of the 6-month 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. The good news is that, as of early May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that the 201 . . .

Preparing for the 2015 Summer Storm and Hurricane Season
Unfortunately, our annual storm warning reminder comes a little late for many parts of the southwest that are already having a Spring with higher than expected rainfall. But for those people who . . .

Preparing for Summer 2014: Protect yourself against sun, heat, and humidity
Although Summer 2014 officially starts this Saturday, June 21st, many areas across the country are already experiencing high temperatures and we wanted to remind everyone to take precautions against t . . .

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins on Sunday, June 1st
As a reminder for those people who are living in coastal areas or affected by coastal weather, June 1st begins the start of the 6-month 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.  And to build awareness, th . . .

A few tips from Q1Medicare.com to ensure a healthy and safe 2013 Summer Season
Managing your exposure to the Sumer sun and heat Since we are at the start of summer, we wanted to remind our Medicare community to take precautions against the summer sun, heat and humidity.&nbs . . .

CMS News Release: More than 16 million people with Medicare get free preventive services in 2012
Affordable Care Act made many preventive services no cost to beneficiaries The Affordable Care Act – the new health care law – helped over 16 million people with original Medicare get at . . .

Reminder: Protecting Yourself against the Summer Heat
With the start of the 2012 summer, remember to take extra care as the temperatures and humidity climbs in your area. If you are going outside during the daytime heat, be sure to drink plenty of liqui . . .

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