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What Is Medicare Part A?

Medicare Part A is the hospital insurance portion of Medicare. Part A requires no premium for eligible beneficiaries. Part A should not be considered as maintenance or ongoing care, but more emergency, [more…]

What Is Medigap Insurance?

A Medigap policy is a health insurance policy sold through a private insurance company to help fill in the “gap” in Medicare’s costs. Medigap policies help pay some of the costs that original Medicare [more…]

What Is Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program?

Medicare Part D is a relatively new prescription drug program. Part D allows seniors to have some form of insurance coverage that will enable them to get their prescription drugs at an affordable rate. [more…]

How Medicare Works as Government Health Insurance

Medicare is the government health insurance program for those who are either 65 or older, have certain disabilities, or have end-stage renal disease. All those who are eligible for Medicare or will become [more…]

Exploring Renters Insurance and Condo Insurance

Once, most apartment renters and condo owners never considered buying homeowners-type insurance to protect their valuables. Now, however, renters insurance or condo insurance on the contents of your apartment [more…]

10 Reasons to Start a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Opening a Health Savings Account (HSA) is one of the most important things you can do for yourself in the here and now. The benefits to you are both immediate and long term. Here are a few reasons for [more…]

How Disease Can Bankrupt a Family

Money isn’t always easy to talk about. The author shares details about herpersonal finances and her life.

Four years ago — seven days after my 30th birthday, and three months before my only daughter turned [more…]

Claim Natural Disaster Home Damage on Your Taxes

2012 wasn’t a great year for homeowners—and that's not even considering foreclosures. There were wildfires, tornadoes, flooding, mudslides, more wildfires, more tornadoes and, oh, yeah, Hurricane Sandy [more…]

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Medicare helps tens of millions of seniors and people with disabilities nationwide pay for healthcare. Medicare doesn't pay all of your medical bills, by any means. Nonetheless, it still gives a lot of [more…]

4 Consumer Information and Advocacy Organizations for Medicare

The nonprofit organizations listed below are leading sources of information on Medicare and act as advocates on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries within Congress and state legislatures. They want to hear [more…]

4 Resources for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Whether you're on Medicare or not, prescription drugs can get expensive. The following resources can help people with limited incomes save money on prescription drugs through various public and private [more…]

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Medicare Part D is the prescription drug coverage portion of Medicare. And Part D can be confusing — a pity, because those who need to understand it most are often elderly. You can start to unravel the [more…]

What You Need to Know about Medicare Wellness Checkups

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When is a physical not a physical? Many people think that the Medicare annual wellness visit — a new free benefit created under the Affordable Care Act — is the [more…]

10 Options for Medical Coverage in Retirement

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Unless you'll receive retiree health benefits from an employer or union, you need to consider what medical coverage you can get if you retire before or after [more…]

A Few Key Medicare Do's and Don'ts

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Medicare is a key program for millions of older Americans, but many don't really understand how Medicare works because they lack accurate information. Medicare [more…]

Enrolling in Medicare at the Right Time for You

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The right time for Medicare enrollment depends on your circumstances. But if you don't enroll in Medicare at the right time for you and then you try to enroll [more…]

Key Sources of Help for Medicare

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Understanding the key ins and outs of Medicare can be tough, but don't worry; sources of Medicare help are only a call or click away. For helpful information [more…]

Breaking a Language Barrier to Enroll in Medicare

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Most people whose first language isn't English don't realize that they have the right to ask for an interpreter when calling the Social Security Administration [more…]

Knowing Which Federal Agency Will Answer Your Medicare Question

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The bureaucratic division between Social Security and Medicare, which consumers often find confusing, has its roots in history. When Medicare began in 1966, the [more…]

Medicare For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to Medicare (or soon will be), here's some information at a glance on three crucial Medicare topics: a useful list of do’s and don’ts to keep in mind before you embark on the program; a quick [more…]

Overview of Medicare: Part A

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Medicare Part A is usually described as hospital insurance — a term originally coined to distinguish it from medical insurance [more…]

Overview of Medicare: Part B

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Many people in Medicare never need to go into the hospital, but almost everybody sees a doctor or needs diagnostic screenings and lab tests sooner or later. That’s [more…]

Overview of Medicare: Part C

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Medicare Part A and Part B together form what is known as traditional or original Medicare — so named because that was the extent of the program’s coverage when [more…]

Overview of Medicare: Part D

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Medicare: Part D is insurance for outpatient prescription drugs — meaning medications you take yourself instead of having them administered in a hospital or doctor’s [more…]

6 Tips for Making Timely Decisions Regarding Medicare

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Medicare is a federal government insurance system that helps tens of millions of seniors and people with disabilities pay for their health care. It’s the only [more…]

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