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Medicare’s Future is Looking Hazy at the Moment

Posted on 12/12/2017

President Trump swept into office on the wings of a promise not to touch Medicare and Social Security benefits. Republicans in Congress plan to make changes, though. If tax reforms are passed that increase the national debt, pundits have predicted that so-called ‘entitlement’ programs like these will go on the chopping block. This is a risky strategy for conservatives, especially

CMS Announces 2018 Costs for Original Medicare

Posted on 11/20/2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated figures for original Medicare (Parts A and B) this week, including premium costs, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for those enrolled. New Original Medicare customers and those who aren’t receiving Social Security benefits in 2018 can expect slight increases across the board, but the biggest changes will hit Part B enrollees

Medicare Hospice Compare Helps When You Need It

Posted on 10/26/2017

How do you know which type of hospice care is the best for yourself or a loved one? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a website to help you get some answers. Hospice Compare provides objective measures of each hospice agency’s services to assist with this important decision. Once you or your family member have decided

Check Your Drug Coverage for 2018 

Posted on 10/26/2017

Open enrollment for 2018 Medicare plans runs from October 15 through December 7 this year. Whether you’re signing up for the first time in a Part D drug plan or you’re switching from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make over the next eight weeks. One of those decisions is what to do about

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

Medicare Part D vs. Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted on 04/14/2017

Choosing which Medicare plan works best for you can be overwhelming. If you are one of many seniors who also takes prescription drugs, there are added considerations. Two different options exist for prescription drug coverage in Medicare: enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan or choosing a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage. Which one is better? The

Want to Lower Your Rx Drug Costs? Here are 5 Simple Ways to Do It

Posted on 04/13/2017

Medicare can help to cover many of your medical costs as you age, such as medically necessary doctor visits, blood tests and hospital stays, but it doesn’t cover everything. In fact, people on a fixed income, especially senior citizens, find themselves struggling to pay their prescription drug co-pays, even if they’re on Medicare. If you’re on Medicare and your prescription

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