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Traditional Medicare versus Medicare Advantage

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You do need to do some homework to make an informed decision about getting your health care from traditional Medicare or a private Medicare Advantage plan — and [more…]

What is the Difference between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage?

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Your choice between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage has consequences. Here’s a quick summary of how each of the two systems works, very differently [more…]

Medicare Advantage Plans: Special Needs Plans (SNPs)

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Medicare Special Needs Plans (SNPs) are relatively new additions to the Medicare Advantage program and aren’t available in all areas. They’re similar in structure [more…]

Medicare Advantage Plans: Medical Savings Accounts (MSA) Plans

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Medicare Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) work very differently from other Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare gives a MSA plan a certain amount of money for each [more…]

Medicare Advantage Plans: Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) Plans

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Medicare Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans don’t offer managed care. They directly pay providers for each covered service, similar to the way traditional Medicare [more…]

Medicare Advantage Plans: Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)

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PPOs are plans that offer managed care with fewer restrictions than HMOs. Regional PPOs cover large areas — maybe several states. [more…]

3 Alternative Types of Medicare Health Plans

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The following types of plans don’t fall within traditional Medicare or the Medicare Advantage program and aren’t available in all parts of the country: [more…]

9 Things to Know When Comparing Medicare Part D Plans

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Will you avoid Medicare Part D buyer’s remorse? Comparing Medicare Part D plans carefully is definitely worthwhile! Doing so tells you the following: [more…]

How Medigap Policies Differ from Medicare Advantage Plans

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All those Ms — Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Medigap! No wonder so many people are confused about what each means. And a big chunk of that perplexity [more…]

Compare Medicare Part D Plans and Save Big Bucks

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Most folks don’t compare Part D plans before choosing one, so most of them are paying far more than they need to for their drugs. That’s because the variation [more…]

Organize 2 Crucial Lists for Comparing Medicare Drug Plans

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The information you must have at hand before comparing Medicare Part D plans properly — whether you hop online and use the Medicare plan finder yourself or get [more…]

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Picking a Medicare Part D Plan

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Medicare advises people who are choosing a Medicare prescription drug plan to consider the three Cs: cost, coverage, and convenience. [more…]

What is the Medicare Plan Finder?

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Everybody who wants impartial information about Part D plans, free of sales pressure, uses the online plan finder. Not only people enrolled in Medicare but also [more…]

How to Choose a Medigap Policy

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Your choice of a Medigap policy depends on two things: which one provides the set of benefits that comes closest to your needs and preferences and how much you’d [more…]

Where Did All the Medicare Part D Plans Come From?

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Strangely enough, nobody expected so many Medicare Part D plans to pop up. In fact, members of Congress were uncertain whether enough private insurers would offer [more…]

3 Important Ways to Compare Medicare Part D Plans

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You can use the Medicare Plan Finder to help you in your search. When you click on the name of any plan on the main list of results, the next page you see on-screen [more…]

Use the Medicare Plan Finder to See Your Options

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The Medicare online plan finder is loaded with information and offers several different kinds of searches. Here's how to navigate the program as quickly as possible [more…]

Examining Auto Insurance Coverage

If you drive, you need auto insurance coverage. But just exactly which type of coverage should you have, and which ones are you required to have? Following are the key features of auto insurance [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…]

Changing to Another Medigap Policy

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Medigap is the private supplemental insurance you can buy to cover many of your out-of-pocket costs in traditional Medicare. If you already have a Medigap policy, you might be wondering [more…]

Government Medicare Help Lines and Websites

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The go-to sources for Medicare help provided by federal and state governments are the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration [more…]

Independent Sources of Direct Help for Medicare

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The following nonprofit organizations are very similar to the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) in offering free direct help to consumers on Medicare issues, but the [more…]

Resources for Saving Money When Your Income Is Limited

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The following resources can help you save money through various public and private programs for people with limited incomes, such as those who qualify for Medicare. [more…]

Consumer Information and Advocacy Organizations for Medicare Beneficiaries

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The following nonprofit organizations are leading sources of information on Medicare and act as advocates on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries within Congress and state legislatures [more…]

Sources for Updates on Medicare

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New regulations and some new Medicare services are brought out from time to time. Also, payment requirements (for example, Part B premiums), Part D coverage levels, and Extra Help [more…]

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