Brown Bag Lunch: From Deductables to Donut Holes

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Mass School of Law, Andover, MA
Speaker: Dianne Savastano

Location: Mass School of Law, Andover, MA

Topic: As individuals approach the age of 65 and sign up for Medicare, they are often surprised and overwhelmed by the choices available to them.  Options are plentiful but comparing one to another is a challenge.  How do you super-impose your own preferences and the way you prefer to access care on the options available and make the best choice for you?  How do you plan for expected and unexpected healthcare related costs?

In this session you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how the options in Medicare evolved
  • Understand what traditional Medicare covers and does not cover
  • Learn the differences between Medicare Part A, B, C, D and Medicare supplemental/medigap insurance plans
  • Identify preferences
  • Make decisions if you remain employed after age 65
  • Review your choices on an annual basis
  • Receive a list of helpful resources
  • Become a more savvy healthcare consumers


Dianne Savastano is Founder and Principal of Healthassist, a Massachusetts-based company founded in 2004 that specializes in helping clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.

Beginning as a registered nurse providing direct patient care, Dianne’s 25-year career includes roles as a hospital, insurance and employee benefits executive and as a management consultant. Her experience has taught her to ensure that the healthcare consumer is at the center of the healthcare equation.

A frequent, sought-after speaker, Dianne has delivered programs covering a wide range of critical healthcare-related topics covering patient advocacy, Medicare choices, healthcare reform and more. In addition, she has been interviewed in both national and local media, including Boston Women’s Business, The Detroit Free Press, Financial Advisor Magazine, Yahoo Health, and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Further, she has appeared as an expert guest on the PBS Second Opinion Series and presented at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

Dianne received her BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Simmons College in Boston.  An avid outdoorswoman, Dianne sails frequently out of Newport, Rhode Island, bikes regularly (she’s completed several Pan Mass Challenges) and enjoys skiing with friends and family.

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