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Seven questions to ask before Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period: Basics, Rules and Facts

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There are various Medicare enrollment periods allotted each year. Discover all you need to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, or “AEP”, which lasts from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year. In this article, Medicare recipients and prospective members will learn the basics of AEP and the changes…

Medicare Supplement vs Advantage: Costs and Coverage Differences

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Original Medicare – Part A and B – still stands today, but alone it is not enough for most beneficiaries. Many members expand their coverage by enrolling in a Medicare plan. Currently, there are two options available: Medicare Supplement (also known as Medigap) and Medicare Advantage. These plans assist in…

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How to avoid the Medicare Part D penalty

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When you hear about Medicare penalties, there are two relevant Medicare programs that may come to mind: Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D. You may have known that enrolling late yields higher costs, but in certain cases, they can be permanent. In the case of Part D, there is…

Inpatient and outpatient care costs with Medicare

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You may find yourself facing a hospital stay, but the experience can be much worse when it comes with a case of bill shock. Make sure you understand how costs vary for inpatient and outpatient hospital stays and what you can expect to pay. Inpatient vs Outpatient: Differences The amount…

The only phone number you need during Medicare’s AEP

Telemedicine: Its impact and future in Medicare

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Telemedicine is the one of the largest trends to impact the health care industry. In fact, 76 percent of hospitals in the United States utilize technologies to connect with patients and consulting practitioners outside of traditional clinical facilities, according to the American Hospital Association. For perspective, in 2010, that number…

5 Things to know about your Medicare card

Original Medicare: Part A and Part B

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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…

Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Plans

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Medicare Part D basics Original Medicare does not cover or subsidize the cost of prescription drugs. Medicare Part D, also called Prescription Drug Plans or “PDP”, is a Medicare program designed to help seniors finance the rising costs of prescription drugs and premiums. What it covers Medicare Part D encompasses…

Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage

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Medicare Advantage basics In general, people have two options for core Medicare benefits: Original Medicare (often supplemented with a Medicare Supplement plan) or Medicare Advantage. Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Part C or “MA plans”, are considered to be all-in-one health care insurance solutions. What it covers Medicare Advantage…

Medicare Supplement

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Medicare Supplement Insurance basics Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) covers most, but not all, of the health care costs you may face. Medicare Supplement Insurance, also called “Medigap”, helps fill the “gaps” in coverage to mitigate costs and offers Medicare beneficiaries peace of mind. What Medicare Supplement Plans…

INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Tips Before Starting Medicare

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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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