Baygroup Insurance

Maryland's premier Long-Term Care insurance agency

Medicare Supplement (Medigap)

Clarity of plans and options

Melissa does an excellent job at walking you through the various plans and options and brings much needed clarity to a somewhat confusing subject, Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap).  

David M.S., Haddon Heights, Camden County, N.J.

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How to Deal with Tax Changes to Itemized Medical Expenses

The new year is set to bring in an unwelcome surprise for many seniors in America when it comes to their taxes. Those 65 and older who itemize their medical expenses will now only be able to claim a deduction once their cost reaches 10% of their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)- up from 7.5% in previous years. This change technically went into effect on December 31, 2012, but if a senior or their spouse reached the age of 65 between then and December 31, 2016, the 7.5% rate was then locked-in for that time period due to a large opposition from seniors carrying the highest burden of medical bills. However, this all changes on January 1, 2017 when the 10% cut-off for medical expenses becomes the rule, not the exception, for everyone.

Uncommon mastery of details and commitment

The Social Security maze requires a skilled and patient guide. Melissa has an uncommon mastery of the details, a delightful sense of humor, and a commitment to her clients that puts her in a league of her own. She is a remarkable talent!

C. L. , Baltimore City, Maryland

Home Care for Seniors

According to a 2014 study completed by the American Association of Retired People (AARP), 80% of respondents wanted to age in their homes instead of moving to an assisted living or continued care facility. Considering there will be an estimated 73 million seniors ages 65 and older in America by 2030, this represents a very large number of the national population. Luckily, now more than ever, senior care trends are moving towards supporting the elderly in this endeavor. 

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Daunting task made very easy

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you, Melissa, so much for all your help with my Medicare Supplement Insurance enrollment.

Melissa Barnickel - Women of Influence - I95 Business Magazine - Baltimore

Melissa Barnickel was interviewed by I95 Business for Women of Influence.

Read more to learn about Melissa's personal and professional background and how she helps clients and their trusted advisors to preserve their hard-earned assets by incorporating insurance with their financial plan.  

Excerpts from "Baygroup Insurance" on i95business.com

By: Linda Esterson

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Respite Care for Caregivers

According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), approximately 7.5 million Americans care for loved ones age 49 or over for an average of 41 hours a week. What many of these caregivers are unaware of is that respite care exists that would allow them time off from the often around-the-clock services they are providing for their care recipients.

Professional, knowledgeable and so helpful....

Professional, knowledgeable and so helpful...these are just a few of the outstanding qualities of Melissa Barnickel! A Long Term Care policy and our Medicare Supplemental Health Plan was chosen with Melissa's guidance. Melissa even helps us yearly with checking that our Medicare Drug Plan is most economical for our needs. Make it easy and less stressful...contact Melissa!!!

T. and J. B., Sparks, Maryland in Baltimore County, MD

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