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  1. 3 points
  2. https://www.medicareresources.org/blog/2015/07/21/a-medicare-enrollees-guide-to-travel-coverage/ https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-and-other-types-of-insurance/medicare-and-living-abroad/medicare-coverage-when-living-abroad https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/medicare-coverage-overview/does-medicare-cover-my-care-when-i-travel It seems like it would be pretty easy to determine how long you are out of the U.S. through customs/immigration, stamps in your passport, your foreign immigration status, etc. The "intent" is not to cover us outside the U.S. and while you "might" be able to get away with lying about your status you are pretty much committing fraud. The facts are the facts. Trying to trick the system is not something I would take a chance with regarding my health - especially in a life threatening situations. But to each their own. If you just do things right you don't have to worry. Seems pretty black and white to me. This whole discussion seems pretty silly. Just do it right!
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  3. Hi, We are moving to Mexico this coming January and need to have a reliable fast broadband solution for video conference calls in addition to TelMex and/or TeleCable. Cost is not a factor. I have seen the HUAWEI E5573s-508 recommended. Can anyone recommend a faster Mexico compatible hot spot than this one? Please advise, thanks. Sharon & Frank
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  4. It has turned cold now and many Mexican folks heat their homes with wood. I can even smell it in my neighborhood. Not counting cooking with wood. EVERYWHERE you go in Mexico, all year, you will see smoke in the air. Sometimes more or less depedning on the local economy and the season.
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  5. Utilitis and Gents, Sorry for my late reply I've been travelling. But to address a few points: - Its costs several hundred thousand dollars to build out a GPON fiber to the home network, over $600 dollars per subscriber. Assuming a couple thousand subscribers at Lakeside eventually, eventually a few million dollars. Ilox told us: "Show us 300 willing prepaid subscribers between Joco and Ajijic" and we'll make the investment (for much more than the $150K that represents). And we did. We're at 316 pledges. We're done. This is now in Ilox hands. They have begun working through the planning, the contracts and performance guarantees, etc. They'll be contacting the pledges who will obviously have priority. Beyond that, they'll work towards normalizing a regular monthly service. There is, rightfully, a lot of concern about quality of service. Ultimately its only as good as the company behind it. But there are other factors too. GPON fiber-to-the-home networks are far more reliable than copper phone lines and cable TV. Unless you have a cable cut, they don't fail much. Ilox, like all the other alternative carriers, has to use CFE poles or make other arrangements. Sometimes the CFE poles aren't the best option. I have fiber service at my house in Guad and a couple of time these big trucks barrelling down the street take out the fiber. The carrier is at the mercy of CFE. Telmex has a monopoly on their own poles and have been fighting the government who want's to open up the last mile to all the carriers. So my point is, if you're worried about quality of service, your energy is better spent trying to ensure good ducting and infrastructure in your development. At my place in Rancho del Oro, I'd like to propose some underground ducting, at least in the more vulnerable areas. On speed and quality., fiber is inherently high speed, no relationship to DSL. You're not going to have speed bottlenecks between your house and the Internet backbone. Within the greater Internet, ISP's have to pay for peering and connections can be shared. So if you're an Ex-pat from Madagascar trying to stream your long missed channels, you might have an issue... But the biggest providers like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix extend their networks and peer directly with MX carriers, so you don't have to worry about quality of service with them. Huge fiber links keep turning on all the time so I don't think it's an issue, but it is a reasonable negotiating point with Ilox. Summary: If you want high speed internet and are willing to prepay (and receive priority), please sign up. You can still sign up if not willing and show your location and this will help the planning. There is no legal obligation. All the people who have signed up will be receiving communications from Ilox shortly... thanks, Tom
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  6. It's mist from the lake due to the different land vs water temperatures
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  7. I wanted to believe that evaporation theory also. However, it extends far beyond the lake, including routes into Guad., Evaporation does not cause sinus infection.
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  8. It's mostly evaporation from the lake, not smog.
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  9. My apologies for not understanding that the HUAWEI unit in question is a cellular unit and not the HUAWEI unit used Lakeside by TelMex as a DSL modem/router. Location is still important but it looks like west Ajijic with AT&T is a go.
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  10. Yes, of course. Medicare could announce that coverage would be provided worldwide. Yea! OK, any provider worldwide has to initiate the procedures necessary to become Medicare accredited, we're not talking about dropping a postcard in the mail here. All claims submitted to Medicare must be done in the one and only format they accept, correct ICDA codes, correct diagnosis that confirms the necessity of that treatment, cost must be reasonable and customary FOR THAT PARTICULAR AREA, etc., etc. Now how many providers are going to go to that kind of trouble and expense? And if they do won't their fees probably will be close to those in lower cost areas of the US? And saying you won't go into fraud issues would be like saying you leave your house and car unlocked because the rumors of dishonest people roaming around is grossly exaggerated And finally Gringal is correct that only providing coverage in the US is cheaper for the whole system. If we don't go back their cost is zero. Why not require every private insurance policy to be good everywhere in the world? Most of us can figure out why not without a detailed explanation..
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  11. Just because one an GET a TIP ‘early’ doesn’t mean that one can actually enter Mexico without having a Tourist or RT visa standing. If you recall, when you got your TIP online you first were redirected to an immigration site where you made some ‘guarantees’ about your visa status. Also although you can GET an online TIP up to 60 days in advance, you were asked with your online TIP application for the ‘date’ you intended to cross. This question, IMO, is to align the 180 day stay of your TIP and your FMM. Also, no one ever said that the two documents were ‘joined at the hip’ as there are other things that can ‘tie’ the two together such as your US Passport #. So, IMO, your revelation may just be.....irrelevant.
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  12. As I see it, the major point is that Medicare saves ALL the cost of medical care for us by not providing for any care outside the U.S. except for travel. Why would they want to change that? If they are looking to save money these days, there is zero motivation to change their current policy.
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  13. Have you tried Hosteria Del Arte in West Ajijic. Their owner /chef is from Northern Italy.
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  14. There's this: We expats have to fund our own health care needs, whereas if we had remained in the states, Medicare would have to spend money to take care of us under Part A. Medicare saves money by having the current prohibition. Some expats continue to pay for Part B "just in case", so Medicare gets to keep that money, too. But...that's something we had to factor in when we decided to move to Mexico, so I guess we have no good cause to complain.
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  15. As far as I know, every name in Mexico has a standard nickname. More for the list: Guillermo=Memo Francisco=Pancho or Paco Ignacio=Nacho Cuauhtémoc=Temo Alondra=Alo (Alondra means lark--beautiful name from a telenovela) Rosario=Chayo Graciela=Chela Soledad=Chole Antonia=Toña Cristina=Cristy Antonio=Toño Gabriel=Gabo Manuel=Meño Alberto, Norberto, Roberto=all usually Beto etc etc Consider nicknames in your home country--not nicknames like "Shorty" or "Curly", but the standard nicknames that you immediately would call someone if you know his/her actual name. For example, most men in the USA named Robert are Bob or Bobby. Most men named Thomas are Tom or Tommy. Most men named William are Bill. You can think of many more examples without thinking too hard. It's the same in Mexico; standardized nicknames for most first names. IMHO, Mexico's nicknames like these are based on baby talk. Before a toddler can say Tío Guillermo, he can say Tío Memo. Before that toddler can say Tía Rosario, she can say Tía Chayo. Again IMHO, the pronunciation of these sorts of nicknames approximates what the child hears and what he or she can pronounce. Nicknames based on a Mexican person's physical attributes are different: you all know "El Chapo"--the short guy. Short people are also affectionately called "Chaparrito"--little short guy or woman. Pecosito or Pecosita is Freckles. Mercedes Sosa, one of the most famous and dearly loved singers in Argentina (QEPD), was always known as La Negra, as was a Mexican singer, Toña La Negra. The list goes on, depending on the person's physical attributes. Same in the USA: Shorty (for a short person), Stretch (for a tall person), etc. Then there are special nicknames given by the family, with no standard explanation.
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  16. This is great and the price is right but I'm not sure where this is.
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  17. NOB, nobody cares if you have a driver's license in a car purchase.
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  18. I took somebody to airport this past Wednesday. There were several ladies sitting at entry gate to parkjng, which was open. They told me to go ahead, no charge. Garage was full on 1st and 2nd floors with cars parked even in no parking areas. I headed to 3rd floor/roof. Plenty of parking there. All gates open to exit without having paid.
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  19. REC, you quote Medicare, but I keep talking about the Advantage plan. Apples and kumquats. Medicare Part C May Cover Your Trip Abroad One of the biggest benefits for anyone with Medicare Advantage is that they can travel and still be seen by a doctor or receive emergency care if something were to happen on their trip. Since retirees often travel, it’s difficult to do so if you only have Original Medicare, which is just Part A and Part B. Some Medicare Advantage plans provide coverage benefits for all health care needs when enrollees go outside of the United States, but it’s best to check with your health insurance company first. https://medicarepartc.com/medicare-advantage-traveling/
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  20. .....As long as they don't dig too deep into your actual living arrangements. Kind of like using Canadian satellite outside of Canada. Be careful what you say and sign your name to. And NEVER submit your claim through the USPS. That becomes mail fraud if they want to make an example of you. When I worked as a medical claims manager for a major insurance company a walk-in claimant who "just wanted to make sure we received his paperwork" set off all fraud alarms. The good ones know how to avoid Federal crimes. Without pulling up actual contract language I would be willing to bet what is required is "residence" and domicile is probably nowhere to be seen. These people know all about gaming the system. But, I have been wrong before.
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  21. Call S & S and ask them
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  22. Medicare Part B is not the same as a Medicare Advantage plan. The latter in my experience covers out of country emergency medical costs.
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  23. ....And that gives you Medicare coverage SOB? I don't think so. As long as you pay Part B you can always return NOB and use your Medicare. As has been said before, gaming the system is not out of the realm of possibility but anyone COUNTING on doing so might be in for a big (monetary) surprise and possibly more if you are actually engaged in Medicare fraud. Perhaps you might get to meet Michael Flynn.
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  24. Too bad some have poor English skills. The story is the difference between one's residence and their domicile. If I had a house here and one in France, I could still claim a US domicile and get an Advantage plan. I quit my US domicile and the named plan because I have no intention of returning to the US, but prior to that I would go back every six months for my tests and drugs. You can too.
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  25. Wow. Violating two board rules in one sentence. Way to go ficklepie.
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  26. ficklepie the insult you wrote was way out of line. Do it again and you will be banned Mod5
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  27. A big vote for Dr Gonzalez also. He is kind, efficient and does an awesome job. Replaced my hip in 2010, and I am well recovered. I highly recommend.
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  28. A good friend of mine had both hips replaced three years apart. Work was done by Dr. Jorge Gonzalez a top notch Orthopedic Surgeon. Maskaras Clinica Fri. and Sat. 376-765-4838 My friend is an avid tennis player and has been playing at a much higher level game than before the surgery. Dr. Gonzalez has helped many others lakeside and he will be the Dr. who will replace my wife's need when needed.
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  29. Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Tarascos # 3432 Guadalajara 3813-2161 cell: 333 808 7440
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  30. We are extending the days of our markets for the holiday season to Thursdays from 10-1pm and Sundays 12-3pm for the month of December. We encourage vendors to come sell in our venue and everybody to check out the quality and variety of our artisans and food vendors. We are constantly being amazed at the level of creativity and skill of our fellow lakesiders...last week we had a new vendor that sells products made from macadamia nuts, from oils to a delicious ponche. can't wait to see who shows up today.
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  31. People with curly hair.
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  32. If they are the scumbag they seem to be then sure.
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  33. I would not recommend Dr. Gonzalez.
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