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Pregnancy and Childbirth Coverage under Medicare

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Medicare does indeed cover pregnancy and childbirth. Are you astonished? That’s probably because you see Medicare as a program only for people way past childbearing [more…]

9 Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare

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Here is an overview of the Medicare program: addressing common concerns about how Medicare is different from other types of health insurance; describing the four [more…]

Who’s Liable for the Medicare Surcharges?

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You’re required to pay higher premiums for Medicare Part B and Part D services if your modified adjusted gross income [more…]

Medicare's Higher-Income Premiums

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For most of its history, Medicare had no means-testing; everybody paid the same premium for its services. Even today, nobody is denied Medicare coverage on the [more…]

4 Ways to Lower Medicare Part D Drug Costs

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In many cases — though not all, admittedly — you can reduce the costs of prescription drugs through Medicare Part D without assistance from Extra Help or your [more…]

How Do You Qualify for Medicare?

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Qualifying for Medicare and being eligible for Medicare essentially mean the same thing: You’ve passed a legal hurdle that allows you to receive Medicare benefits [more…]

Some Common Medicare Qualification Myths

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“Qualifying for Medicare” actually means something very specific. Many people think that if they haven’t paid into the system by paying enough payroll taxes while [more…]

What Happens If You Pass Your Deadline for Medicare Part A?

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Here’s the good news: If you or your spouse paid enough payroll taxes while working, you automatically qualify for Medicare Part A services when you turn 65 and [more…]

Requirements for Enrolling in Medicare Part A

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You qualify to receive Medicare Part A benefits (without paying premiums for them) at age 65 or older if you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident [more…]

The Requirements for Enrolling in Medicare Parts B and D

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As you may expect, the different parts of Medicare come with different rules for eligibility as well as for coverage and costs. The following are some checklists [more…]

Qualify for Medicare Part A On Your Own Work Record

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You need to earn 40 work credits — sometimes called quarters of coverage — before becoming eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A benefits at age 65 or over [more…]

Qualify for Medicare Part A on Someone Else’s Work Record

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If you haven’t worked long enough to get Medicare Part A benefits without paying premiums, you may qualify on the work record of your current or former spouse [more…]

Qualify for Medicare under Age 65 on the Basis of Disability

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People with disabilities have historically had a hard time finding affordable health insurance because of their medical problems. But Medicare helps by covering [more…]

Medicare Coverage for Sufferers from Permanent Kidney Failure (ESRD)

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Permanent kidney failure is a chronic medical condition that is known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in Medicare. It means that your kidneys have stopped working [more…]

Health Care Options if You Can’t Get Medicare Yet

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Inevitably, in a system that is as patchworked together as American health care, some people slip through the net and don't qualify for Medicare when they might [more…]

When Is the Best Time to Enroll in Medicare?

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The timing of Medicare enrollment is critical. There’s really a world of difference between enrolling in Medicare when you’re retired and enrolling when you continue [more…]

Understand Your Initial Enrollment Period

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The initial enrollment period (IEP) is the earliest time that you’re entitled to sign up for Medicare. Typically, it occurs around the time you reach 65. But [more…]

When to Delay Medicare Part B

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What are the conditions for being able to delay Medicare Part B and how you can use the special enrollment period to eventually sign up for Part B? [more…]

How Do I Delay Medicare Part B without Penalty?

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Why should you delay Medicare Part B? When you’re covered by health insurance at work (whether from your own or your spouse’s employer) as well as Medicare, that [more…]

What to Do about Medicare Part A If You Delay Part B

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Most people who delay Medicare Part B nonetheless sign up for Part A during their initial enrollment periods at age 65. In most cases, doing so has no downside [more…]

Medicare and Health Savings Accounts

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The decision to delay Medicare Part B isn’t normally affected by what kind of health coverage you have at work. But if your employer insurance combines a high-deductible [more…]

How to Use Medicare's Special Enrollment Period

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So if you’ve delayed Medicare Part B enrollment beyond age 65 because of current employment (either your own or your spouse’s), how does the special enrollment [more…]

When to Enroll in Medicare for Legal Permanent Residents

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The general rule is that at age 65 or older, you must have established legal residency (gotten a green card) and have lived continuously in the United States [more…]

When to Enroll in Medicare if You Live Outside the United States

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Foreign residency can be a tricky situation when it comes to enrolling in Medicare. You can’t use any Medicare services outside the United States, yet in most [more…]

When to Enroll in Medicare if You’re In a Nontraditional Marriage

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So this question arises: If you’re the covered partner (as opposed to the partner whose employer provides the benefits), can you delay Part B enrollment if your [more…]

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