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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…]

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…]

10 Ways to Stay Healthier Beyond Age 65

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Nobody really feels "old" at 65 anymore, and many can expect to live for another 20 years or so after that, with an ever-growing number of Americans [more…]

10 Proposed Changes to Medicare You Should Know About

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The future of Medicare is increasingly a contentious topic of debate in Congress and among health policy experts. One question is whether Medicare can stay financially viable under [more…]

Your Right to Accurate Information About Medicare

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People often receive information about Medicare that's just plain wrong. If it comes from family, friends, doctors, insurance agents, employers' benefits administrators, and so on [more…]

How to Request Medicare Equitable Relief

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Equitable relief is an obscure concept that few people have ever heard of. It allows Social Security to investigate cases and reverse decisions if it finds they were caused by a federal [more…]

How to Contact an Ombudsman for a Medicare Appeal

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An ombudsman is a person appointed to investigate and resolve complaints in a particular situation. Two types are especially useful for people involved in Medicare disputes: [more…]

How to File a Medicare Grievance

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A grievance covers many types of complaints that you can bring against your Medicare Advantage or Part D drug plan — but not those that have anything to do with coverage or payment [more…]

What to Do If You Obtain a Formal Medicare Denial

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If you're in the traditional Medicare program, you may obtain a denial of coverage for a medical service or piece of equipment in one of two ways: [more…]

When to Request a Medicare Coverage Determination

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A coverage determination always relates to coverage or payment issues in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. And you have the right to appeal if the decision goes against [more…]

Have a Game Plan before You File a Medicare Appeal

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If you've gotten a coverage or payment denial from Medicare or your plan, have decided to challenge it, and are now on the brink of working through the appeals process, here's a general [more…]

The 5 Levels of a Medicare Appeal

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You have up to five opportunities to argue your case through the Medicare appeals process. Just because all these levels exist doesn't mean you necessarily have to go the full distance [more…]

Where to Get Help in Making a Medicare Appeal

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Anyone can help you file a Medicare appeal — a relative, friend, doctor, consumer advocate, lawyer, or whoever. If you want any of these people to [more…]

Switching Medicare Coverage during Open Enrollment or Disenrollment

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Most people who want to change their Medicare coverage for the following year do so within two standard time frames: the open enrollment period and the disenrollment period. The following [more…]

Dropping a Medicare Plan (Or Being Dropped)

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Most people can voluntarily leave a Medicare Advantage or Part D drug plan only during the open enrollment period, the disenrollment period, or a special enrollment period. Usually [more…]

How to Read Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change

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The Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) is arguably the most important mailing you'll receive from your Medicare plan each year, and you should definitely read it. [more…]

Buying Medigap If You're Under 65

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One of the most glaring examples of discrimination in Medicare is the fact that if you're under 65 and have Medicare because of disability, you don't get the [more…]

What Is the Medicare Doughnut Hole?

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The doughnut hole — properly called the coverage gap — has undoubtedly been the best-known facet of the Medicare Part D program, and also the most hated. Before [more…]

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