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Original Medicare: Part A and Part B

December 9, 2019

Original Medicare basics Starting the Medicare process can be overwhelming. To help you understand what to expect during the Medicare decision-making process, let’s start with the basics. Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the Federal Government. Mostly offered to those 65 years of age and older, Medicare has over 63 million beneficiaries across…

INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Tips Before Starting Medicare

December 5, 2019

If you’re approaching Medicare eligibility, start here. This infographic can get you up to speed on everything you need to know before starting Medicare.

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Benefits of working with a UMA agent

December 5, 2019

With so many Medigap plans to consider and countless Medicare Supplement Insurance companies to compare, choosing the right coverage can be difficult. Fortunately, finding and purchasing a Medigap plan is easier with the help of a Medicare Supplement Insurance agent. Here are five reasons to consider working with one. 1. You’ll understand all your options…

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5 Conditions Medicare Covers

December 4, 2019

Medicare makes medical goods and services more affordable for eligible Americans. However, there are well-known gaps in the coverage. This can lead many Americans to mistakenly believe their own medical conditions won’t be covered. Here are some health conditions covered by Medicare that may surprise you. Don’t worry if you have one of these pre-existing…

Seven questions to ask before Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period

5 things to know about the Medicare Initial Enrollment Period

December 3, 2019

Medicare’s Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) is an essential part of starting your Medicare coverage. Whether you plan to retire at 65 or not, it’s important to know about IEP to set yourself up for success in the future. Here’s what you should know: IEP is your time to enroll in Medicare parts A, B, and…

The Switch: Shopping trends in Medicare’s AEP

The Switch: Shopping trends in Medicare’s 2018 Annual Enrollment Period

July 31, 2019

As your trusted Medicare advisors, we stay up to date with trends to give you reliable information and provide clear guidance through Medicare. Using recent Deft Research data on Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, Lauren Guinta, vice president of sales at UMA, found some noteworthy trends regarding the current state of senior health. She highlights some…

Medicare's Extra Help Program

What is Medicare’s Extra Help Program?

March 5, 2019

Basic health care is the right of all Americans. Those who cannot afford to pay for their health care may qualify for a low-income subsidy under the Medicare Extra Help program. Read on to understand more about this subsidy and its qualification requirements. What is the Medicare low-income subsidy? The Medicare Low-Income Subsidy helps Medicare…

Starting Medicare

Starting Medicare: 4 Common Situations To Navigate

January 29, 2019

I don’t know where to begin. Transitioning to Medicare can feel absolutely overwhelming. That’s why you need a great partner who can help you before and after you enroll. United Medicare Advisors (UMA) has a library of great Medicare resources available online, but we’re also a team of real people who can help you find…

When is the next time to change Medicare?

Medicare while working past age 65

November 16, 2018

Enrolling in Medicare is an important milestone in your life. To gain the maximum benefits from your health care, however, you have to sign up at the right time. If you’re considering getting Medicare before you stop working, make sure you understand the impact this decision could have on your health care options as well…

Medicare & VA benefits: how they work together

VA & Medicare Benefits: How They Work Together

September 17, 2018

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and Medicare are two separate medical coverage programs. If you served in the military, you might have access to VA benefits and Medicare. How do the two types of coverage work together? When You Use a VA Hospital If you get medical care at a VA hospital, your VA…