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Affected by the Hurricanes? You Might Have Longer to Sign Up During Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on 10/18/2017

In late August and early September, three hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – swept through the southern United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands resulting in mass displacement, lost properties, loss of income and other devastation. Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that open enrollment would be extended this year for those

Simultaneous Coverage with Medicare

Posted on 05/11/2017

If you’re about to become eligible for Medicare, then you’ve probably done lots of research already on what to expect, how to enroll and what kind of plan you need. But Medicare can be tough to unravel. To complicate things, if you have coverage through another source already, you may be wondering what happens to that plan once you sign

6 Ways to Afford Medicare on a Fixed Income

Posted on 05/09/2017

While Medicare was initially designed to provide a means of healthcare that was affordable and accessible to seniors, it can still prove to be a financial burden to some, especially those who are on a low fixed income. If you or someone you love is struggling to keep up with premiums, cover out-of-pocket costs or simply afford medication each month,

Getting Covered in Your 60s: After Retirement but Before Medicare

Posted on 05/08/2017

Early retirement may sound like a dream, but when it comes to your post-employment healthcare, the reality is that you’re on your own for major medical insurance until you reach age 65 and qualify for Medicare. Retiring early isn’t on everyone’s radar. A survey in 2016 found that just 11 percent of the American workforce plans on retiring between ages

How to Make the Most of Drug Plans on Medicare 

Posted on 04/10/2017

How to Make the Most of Drug Plans on Medicare. Whether you’re new to Medicare or not, it can seem impossible to save money on your medical and prescription drug costs. You’re not alone. Enrollees are frequently frustrated by gaps in their policy coverage, particularly when these gaps affect their ability to get important medications at a low cost. Although

President Trump is Taking on Big Pharma – Maybe

Posted on 02/26/2017

With all the news surrounding healthcare reform since President Trump took office in January, there’s been plenty of speculation and few facts on how the new administration is going to handle Medicare. The president’s campaign promises and conflicting statements from members of Congress don’t help. Trump also muddied the waters this week with statements on medication costs for those on

On Medicare? How Trump’s Healthcare Policies Might Affect Your Wallet

Posted on 02/22/2017

Healthcare has been at the center of the political debate for months, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the discussion. In fact, it seems as if the debate is just now heating up, fueled by promises made by President Trump and fellow Republicans who now control Congress. And while there are a lot of promises

Five Good Reasons to Sign Up for Medicare Early

Posted on 12/01/2016

If you’re new to Medicare or you know someone who’s about to enroll, then you might not know that Medicare has enrollment periods. Aside from the initial signup window – which lasts for seven months starting three months before you turn 65 – there are periods throughout the year during which you can sign up for certain parts, like Medicare

How to Recognize Medicare Enrollment Scams

Posted on 11/09/2016

It’s only been six years since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, effectively changed the landscape of modern American health care, including the rules and regulations surrounding Medicare. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for scammers to develop new ways of deceiving Medicare enrollees. Medicare Advantage, Medigap and other supplementary plans are especially vulnerable to attack. In 2016, Medicare

Understanding Medicare Seamless Conversion

Posted on 11/09/2016

On October 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a list of insurance companies on the federal health insurance marketplace that went almost unnoticed. We know that the list went almost unnoticed because complaints regarding the purpose of the list are on the rise all over the country, and it seems as though the CMS is