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Medicare Enrollment Period 2021

Medicare Enrollment Period 2021

Each year, Medicare beneficiaries are allowed to re-shop their Medicare benefits to find a plan that works well for them. While many plans automatically renew, many beneficiaries still prefer to take the time to compare their options when they can. Depending on what kind of Medicare plan you have, there are only certain times of…

Understanding Medicare: 20 Medicare Terms to Know

Understanding Medicare: 22 Medicare Terms to Know

There is a big learning curve when it comes to Medicare. Even seasoned Medicare beneficiaries need refreshers on the details from time-to-time. This Medicare glossary includes 20 common Medicare terms that you may come across in your Medicare journey. 1. Annual Enrollment Period The time of year where all Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in or…

Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams

Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams?

Does Medicare Cover Vision? Did you know that Medicare doesn’t include vision care? A common misconception is that Original Medicare covers all areas of health care, leading many people to overlook important coverage for their dental, vision, and hearing needs. To address this gap in Medicare coverage, private insurance carriers offer add-on plans that complement…

Which is Better: Plan F vs Plan G?

Which is Better: Plan F vs Plan G?

If you need more coverage than what you get from Original Medicare alone, you can get extra protection from Medicare Supplement Insurance. Two of the most popular Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) plans are Plan G and Plan F. They both provide broad coverage, but they are not identical. To figure out if one of these…

Best Medicare Supplement Plans 2023

Best Medigap Plan

What is the best Medicare Supplement Insurance? When determining the best Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) plan for you, you’ll want to consider several factors like costs and coverage. Rather than looking solely at monthly costs, you should also look to protect yourself from unexpected, out-of-pocket costs that can eat into your monthly income. We cannot…

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Do All Hospitals Accept Medicare?

Not all hospitals accept Medicare, but luckily, the vast majority of hospitals do. Generally, the hospitals that do not accept Medicare are Veterans Affairs and active military hospitals (they operate with VA and military benefits instead), though there are a few other exceptions nationwide. Hospitals near me that accept Medicare Hospitals need to follow specific…

Medicare and COVID-19 resource guide

Medicare and COVID-19 resource guide

After a national emergency was declared on March 13, 2020 in response to the novel Coronavirus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the coverage and services available to all Medicare beneficiaries. The FAQs below highlight these new services including virtual access to care, offer tips to stay healthy, and reduce stress. This…

Understanding your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)

Understanding your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)

Each year in September, anyone enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug (Part D) plan receives an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC). While you may be tempted to toss it with your other junk mail, this is an important piece of information you should review. The ANOC is sent by your insurance company to…

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Boomer health care: A mix of digital & personal

As more and more boomers age into Medicare, the landscape is adapting to a newer generation of high-tech and exceedingly knowledgeable seniors. Now more than ever, people are using the internet to scout health care options—ultimately changing the industry along the way. According to Statista, out of Americans 50 years or older: 70 percent own…

The only phone number you need during Medicare’s AEP

Telemedicine: Its impact and future

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 was just 35 percent. Telemedicine,…