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What Do Medicare Parts A and B Cover?

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Part A and Part B form the core of Medicare. They provide the coverage that you have if you enroll in the traditional [more…]

Home Health Care Services Covered under Medicare A

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Medicare Part A is usually associated with care within the hospital, of course. But it also covers certain specialized services outside the hospital, most of [more…]

Medical Supplies and Equipment Covered under Medicare A

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What if you are on Medicare and need a wheelchair, an artificial limb, an oxygen tank, or other items that help you function but really qualify as things rather [more…]

What Does Medicare Part D Cover?

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Part D, Medicare’s program for covering prescription drugs, is a complicated benefit that resembles no other type of drug coverage ever devised. That’s why understanding [more…]

What Are Formularies in Medicare?

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Formulary is jargon that becomes familiar when you’re in Part D because it directly affects what you pay. A [more…]

How Are Drugs Covered by Medicare?

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As confusing as it sounds, some medications may be covered not only under Medicare Part D but also under Part A or Part B. Sometimes an identical drug may be [more…]

Routine Care Not Covered by Medicare

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The older you get, the more you’re likely to need professional attention for your ears, eyes, teeth, and feet. But Medicare doesn’t cover routine services to [more…]

Home Safety Items Not Covered by Medicare

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Medicare spends billions of dollars a year on treating the results of falls, and older Americans are five times more likely to end up in the hospital for falls [more…]

Nursing Home Care Not Covered by Medicare

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Many people are surprised, and often alarmed, to learn that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care in nursing homes. This does not mean short-term stays in a skilled [more…]

Does Medicare Cover Medical Services Abroad?

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If you're travelling, you should know that Medicare doesn’t pay for medical services outside of the United States and its territories except in these extremely [more…]

Services Not Covered by Medicare

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You probably aren’t surprised to know that you can’t get a face-lift or a tummy tuck from Medicare at taxpayer expense. Surgery solely for cosmetic purposes is [more…]

Limits on Hospital Stays under Medicare

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The chances that you’ll exhaust Medicare coverage during a hospital stay are remote. Still, in case you get sick enough to need a long spell in the hospital, [more…]

Medicare Limits on Mental Health Benefits

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Like many other insurance plans, Medicare treats care for mental health disorders differently from other health problems. This kind of discrimination is less [more…]

When Does Medicare Coverage Come with Limits?

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For all the loose and cruelly inaccurate talk about “death panels” and “rationing” that still circulates in mass e-mails meant to exploit older people’s fears [more…]

Medicare Part A Costs

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Medicare Part A covers nursing care, room, and meals in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (such as a rehab center or a nursing home); home health services [more…]

Medicare Part B Costs

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Medicare Part B covers doctors’ services (in their offices, in hospitals or other facilities, or at your home), outpatient care such as lab tests and screenings [more…]

Medicare Part D Costs

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Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs — the kind that are prescribed by a doctor and used by you at home. You can receive this coverage by enrolling [more…]

Medicare Advantage Costs

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Under the Medicare Advantage program, you can choose to receive your Medicare benefits through a private health plan, such as a HMO and a PPO, as an alternative [more…]

How to Get Medicare Surcharges Waived

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A lot can happen in the two years that pass between the year on which your income is assessed and the year in which surcharges are applied. For example, in the [more…]

Do You Pay Medicare Taxes While Receiving Medicare Benefits?

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This question is asked quite frequently: “I’m over 65 and still working, but I’m enrolled in Medicare. Should my employer still be deducting Medicare payroll [more…]

3 Ways to Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Expenses in Medicare

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Yes, Medicare comes with a lot of out-of-pocket costs: premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, not to mention those services you pay for because Medicare just doesn’t [more…]

About Purchasing Medigap Insurance

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Medicare supplemental insurance — always known as Medigap — isn’t a government program. It’s private supplemental insurance you can choose to buy separately to [more…]

How to Examine Medigap Policies

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The ten Medigap policies currently available are each labeled with a letter of the alphabet: A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. [more…]

Medicare Coverage of Care in a Nursing Facility

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Medicare Part A covers certain specialized services outside the hospital, most of which focus on nursing. Care in a skilled nursing facility is one type of care [more…]

Hospice Care Covered under Medicare

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Medicare began covering hospice care in 1983, and it’s one of the most generous benefits that the program provides — at little cost to terminally ill patients [more…]

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