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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…]

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…]

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