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Medicare vs. Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid are both government programs that help pay for health care. However, the benefits, costs, and eligibility requirements are different. Medicare basics Medicare is a federall

Medicare Savings Programs: Getting Help with Medicare Costs

Medicare Savings Programs help low-income individuals with some of the out-of-pocket costs for Medicare, including Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. E

Finding a Medicare Primary Care Physician Near You

A primary care physician typically practices general medicine and may be the first person you see for non-emergency medical care. In a Medicare Advantage HMO plan your primary care physician may

Nursing Homes and Medicare

If you or a loved one cannot live at home independently, a nursing home may be the best possible option. Medicare generally does not pay for long-term nursing home care, but covers short-term ca

Plan Ahead and Enjoy a Stress-Free Doctor Visit

Doctor visits can be stressful for seniors on Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Read on for tips about planning doctor visits so you'll know what to expect and have the information you need to

Can You Have Private Insurance and Medicare?

People sometimes ask "Can you have private insurance and Medicare? How does that work?" In some cases, you may be able to have both Medicare and private insurance, as we'll explain. Private insur

What’s the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period in 2020?

Summary: The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) in 2020 may let you switch plans. This enrollment period runs from January 1 – March 31 every year. Here's how it works in a nutshel

Top 10 Reasons Seniors Go to the Emergency Room

Senior citizens often end up in the emergency room (ER) for serious health issues -- heart attacks or strokes, for example – but many are also rushed to the ER because of injuries and accidents.

Understand Medicare and Plan Your Retirement

Since health care is one of the biggest expenses seniors have to face, your Medicare costs and benefits should be a key part of your budget when planning for retirement. It’s important to have a s

Questions to Consider When Applying for Medicare Coverage

Before you apply for Medicare, it's critical for you to be aware of how Medicare coverage fits in with your health and drug needs, now and in the future. There are several types of Medicare plan o

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Avoid Unnecessary Medicare Expenses

Keeping health-care costs down while still getting good health coverage is very important, especially for seniors on a fixed income. As a Medicare beneficiary, you can take charge of your health-c

Power of Attorney for Caregivers

A durable power of attorney (or other advance directive) gives an individual the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of a person who is unable to do so (called a "principal"). Depending on

How Technology Is Improving Senior Living

The infusion of technology into senior living homes can present an easier life for everyone involved. Whether it's electronic monitoring devices, digital medical records, or even robotic caregiver

How Do I Change my Primary Care Doctor on Medicare?

Summary: Some Medicare Advantage plans asks that you select a primary care doctor. Changing to a new primary doctor is typically an easy process of filling out a change form online with your insurer

Recognizing Warnings Signs of Health Threats for Seniors with Medicare

Preserving your good health is an ongoing effort, and one of the keys to a long, active life is preventive care. By taking care of yourself and recognizing warning signs of disease, you may be abl

Can My Immigrant Parents Get Medicare?

Summary: Medicare is available for everyone who qualifies, no matter whether the person is an immigrant. You have to meet certain residency requirements as well as age or disability criteria. Lad

Health Care and the Real Cost of Aging

To better plan for your retirement and future health care needs, you need to understand the real cost of aging for seniors. This will require you to take a look at current and future health care exp

Medicare vs. TRICARE: Which Government Health Plan is Better?

Summary: For many military retirees, Medicare and TRICARE will work together to give you your health benefits. Is Medicare or TRICARE better for retired or active-duty military members? For many

Medicare and You 2020 Handbook: Changes You Should Know

Summary: The new Medicare & You 2020 handbook is now available. This summary of changes highlighted in the book will help you prepare for the upcoming year. Your Medicare coverage is a vital

Inpatient vs Outpatient -What’s the Difference?

  If you’re receiving medical care, your primary concern may be to get the treatment you need. Your secondary concern may be to figure out how your care is being paid for. If you want to k

Don’t Forget to Use Your New Medicare Card in 2020

Summary: A new Medicare card with a unique number replaces the old card, which used your Social Security number. Use your new Medicare card to receive benefits. Don’t Forget to Use Your New Medic

Can I Lose My Medicare Eligibility?

Yes, if you qualify for Medicare by disability or health problem, you could lose your Medicare eligibility. If you qualify for Medicare by age, you cannot lose your Medicare eligibility. How do

How Much Money Should I Budget for Health Insurance in My Retirement?

If you’re about to retire, making sure you have adequate health insurance for retirees may be one of your top priorities. According to the National Library of Medicine, health care costs increase

What You Should Know about Medicare Costs in 2020

Summary: Medicare Part A and Part B monthly premium, deductibles and coinsurance will increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Medicare Part D deductible increases in 2020 but coverage gap is reduced in

Does Medicare Cost Less than Private Insurance?

Summary: Medicare costs include premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. Private insurance plans typically have the same types of costs but the amount may be more or less than Medicare.

Moving to Another State? Here’s What to Do

  How does Medicare work if you move to another state? Some people have vacation homes, and others love to roam the country in mobile homes when they're retired. It's wise to learn about you

How to Find a Primary Care Doctor Who Accepts Medicare

  Almost everyone has to find a primary care doctor at some point. But when you add Medicare into the equation, does that make it more difficult? Learn how to find a primary care physician n

How Do I find Medicare Primary Care Doctors Near Me That I Like?

Summary: How you choose a primary care doctor could be different if you have only basic Medicare, Medicare Supplement together with basic Medicare, or a Medicare Advantage plan. Like most people,

Do Most Primary Care Doctors Accept Medicare?

Summary: Research showed that 93% of primary care doctors accept Medicare, but only 70% are accepting new patients. A primary care doctor is the health care provider who handles most of your he

Can Medical Costs under Medicare Make Me Bankrupt?

Summary: It’s dangerous to settle with basic Medicare only, as there is no out-of-pocket maximum. However, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans from private insurance companies can pro

How do I qualify for Medicare Benefits?

Summary: Medicare was designed for people age 65 and over. You may also qualify for Medicare if you have a disability or certain disease. Despite what some politicians are proposing in 2019, Medi

Will Medicare Pay for Me to Go to ER vs Urgent Care?

Summary:  Urgent care is for non-life threatening conditions that you can’t wait to see your primary care provider for. The emergency room (ER) is for possible life-threatening conditions that ne

How Should My Parents Budget for Medical Costs?

Summary: Medicare costs include premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance or copayments. A Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage plan can help you limit what you have to budget. As your parents

How Can My Parents Get a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

Summary: Are you helping your parents with Medicare? Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn't cover prescription drugs except in limited cases. But you can help Mom or Dad sign up for a Medicar

How Do I Help My Divorced Parents Sign up for Medicare?

Summary: Your divorced parents don’t have to have the same type of Medicare coverage; they can get whatever they want for their own needs. It's not just family holidays that get tricky when you

Budgeting for Medicare: Look at Your Long-Term Needs

Summary: Original Medicare usually covers a broad range of services. But depending on your health status and coverage choices, it's possible that health-care costs could run very high. For some peop

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