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How to Disenroll from Medicare Part B

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You may think that disenrolling means the same as opting out. And that may be so in general. But in a specific situation where you’re already enrolled in Part [more…]

How to Opt out of Medicare Part B

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You need to think twice about saying no to Medicare Part B coverage, even though it costs a monthly premium to use it. [more…]

Medicare Coverage Start Times after Signing Up

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If you sign up for Medicare during your IEP, the onset of coverage is a bit complicated and needs explanation. The IEP — your first chance of signing up for Medicare [more…]

What Is Medicare’s Coordination of Benefits System?

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Insurance for health care can come from a variety of different places as well as from Medicare. Let me count the ways: Medicaid, Medigap, a current or former [more…]

Tips for Filling Out Your Medicare Initial Enrollment Questionnaire

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Medicare doesn’t automatically know what other health coverage (if any) you have. So about three months before you become eligible for Medicare, you receive through [more…]

Keep Medicare Informed If Your Coverage Changes

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Over time, of course, your insurance coverage may change. If any changes may affect the way Medicare fits in with other insurance — for example, if you stop work [more…]

How Does Medicare Work with an Employer’s Health Insurance Plan?

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The greatest source of tension from many people about to qualify for Medicare is how it will fit in with health insurance from current or former employers or [more…]

Employee Health Benefits at Work with Medicare

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Provided that your other insurance is primary to Medicare, by law the employer is subject to the following restrictions: [more…]

3 Ways Having an Employer Health Plan Affects Medicare

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Having primary insurance from a current employer can affect you as a Medicare beneficiary in several ways. Here’s a quick list: [more…]

Medicare Advantage Plans: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)

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You can choose among several very different types of plans within the Medicare Advantage system. Some types, such as HMOs and PPOs, have been part of Medicare [more…]

Do You Have a Choice of Medicare Plans?

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You may not be free to make a choice — either between traditional Medicare and the private Medicare Advantage system or among the private plans themselves — if [more…]

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…]

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