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Facts About Medicare

Do you know the difference between the "parts" of Medicare -- Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D? There are many important facts you need to understand about Medicare prior to enrolling to make su

Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2020

Summary: Premiums and deductibles may be some of your Medicare costs, and may change every year. If you’re on Medicare, or soon will be eligible for Medicare, you will be happy to know that Med

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Medicare Beneficiaries

Summary: The Affordable Care Act helps lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries & helps expand Medicare preventive benefits. The Affordable Care Act (commonly called “Obam

Medicare Cost Plans

Medicare cost plans are somewhat similar to Medicare Advantage plans. Here's a quick summary of Medicare cost plans. What is a Medicare cost plan? Medicare cost plans are a type of Medicare heal

Medicare Prices in 2020

It’s good to know what Medicare prices to expect so you can plan your budget. Let’s take a quick look at Medicare prices in 2020. Medicare prices in 2020: Original Medicare Original Medicare (

What Are Medicare Part D IRMAA and Part B IRMAA?

IRMAA is an amount of money you might have to pay for certain parts of Medicare coverage. It stands for Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount. Typically IRMAA only affects people with higher in

Understanding Medicare Part C and Part D

Medicare Part C, Medicare Part D… What do they mean? We'll go over these parts of Medicare. What's Medicare Part D? Medicare Part D is the Medicare prescription drug coverage program. Medicare

Medicare Preventive Services and Screenings

Preventive screenings are important so you can review your current health status and catch potential health problems before they become serious. Also, if you have risk factors for certain diseases

Medicare Open Enrollment Simplified

What does Medicare Open Enrollment mean? Are we talking about Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, or Medicare Supplement? We'll walk you through the various

Is Medicare Optional, or Can You Refuse Medicare?

Are you eligible for Medicare? What if you don't need it – or don't want it? Do you have to get Medicare as soon as you're eligible? If you're still working when you turn 65, or you become eli

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How Do I Compare Medicare Plans?

  Summary: There are many Medicare plans with different coverage options. You may want to compare the costs and coverage of each plan to find one that works for your health needs. The t

Can I Be Eligible for Medicare if I Am Under 65?

Medicare eligibility was originally determined by age; the Medicare age was 65 and over when Medicare was established in 1965. The Medicare age is still 65 and over; however, since 1973, Medicare

Will My Medicare Costs Go Up in 2020 and Beyond?

Summary: Some people in an eHealth survey are worried about rising Medicare costs or diminishing benefits in their lifetimes. But according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare government spend

What Types of Medicare Health Plans Are There?

If you are eligible for Medicare, you can usually get Medicare coverage the traditional way. But you might have some more choices. Let's take a look at Medicare health plans. What are Medicare he

How Does Medicare Work with Other Insurance?

Some people have Medicare as well as secondary health insurance. But how does insurance work when you have Medicare and other insurance? That's what we'll explore in this article. When you have M

Prescription Drug Coverage Under Medicare Part B vs Medicare Part D

Summary: Medicare Part B provides little prescription drug coverage while Medicare Part D offers broader coverage for most medications. If you need prescription drug coverage, you should enroll in M

Budgeting for a Lifetime of Medicare Costs

Summary: Medicare costs are a top concern for individuals with Medicare coverage. As a Medicare beneficiary, you can budget your Medicare costs by choosing the right coverage based on your health ne

Do Medicare Benefits Change Every Year?

Summary: Medicare benefit changes are more likely if you have a Medicare Advantage plan or a stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Learn when these changes happen and how you can stay

Is Medicare Better Than Employer Insurance?

One thing you don't have to worry about is whether you'll be happy with your Medicare coverage after your employer insurance ends. You might be surprised to know that when it comes to health cov

Is Medicare Good Health Insurance?

If you are nearing the age where you can sign up for Medicare, you might be wondering if this is the right choice for you. Will Medicare give you the coverage you need? Recent polls have found most

Is there a “Best Health Insurance in the US?”

Summary: Anyone can claim to have the best health insurance in the United States. But it depends on your stage of life and what you're looking for. A Gallup poll showed that Americans are pretty hap

Will Medicare Cover My Parent for the Rest of Their Life?

Medicare lasts a lifetime, but there may be some limits to the coverage. When you understand the limits, you can help your parents get supplemental coverage, such as a Medicare Advantage plan or Med

Can My Parents Get Medicare and Other Insurance at the Same Time?

Older people sometimes hesitate to ask questions, especially when it comes to their finances. That's why it's a good idea for you to get smart about your parents' health insurance options, especiall

What do Medicare Beneficiaries Worry About?

Summary: Women Medicare beneficiaries are more concerned about being able to afford their coverage in the future than men. 77% of Medicare beneficiaries surveyed making more than $50,000 an

Will You Be Able to Afford your Medicare Costs?

Summary: Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement plans can help you keep your Medicare costs low. Having Original Medicare alone leaves you vulnerable to unlimited costs. What keeps you

Consider These Healthcare Costs When Choosing Medicare Plans

Summary: The most important healthcare costs Medicare beneficiaries may consider when choosing Medicare plans are an affordable monthly premium and low out-of-pocket costs. What healthcare costs sh

How have Medicare costs changed from 2018 to 2019?

Summary: A recent study by eHealth has tracked trends in Medicare costs 2018 and 2019 for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. The data can help members of Medicare Advantage and Medicare

Are rising Medicare costs making you go without health care?

Summary: Some people are anxious about Medicare costs. They report that they'd seek health care from someone besides a doctor to save money, according to an eHealth study. But Medicare out-of-pocket

Would You Get Your Care at a Drugstore to Save on Medicare Costs?

Summary: About 40% of over 2,000 Medicare beneficiaries in an eHealth survey would get care in a non-traditional setting to save money. Another 33% weren't sure. But if you understand the types of M

Are Premiums the Most Important Medicare Costs?

Summary:  Two recent eHealth studies discovered that for many people on Medicare, the monthly premium is the main thing they look at when comparing Medicare health plans. But the premium is just on

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