Medicare Insurance Articles

New Medicare App

New Medicare App

Determining coverage has never been easier. CMS recently released an app that provides coverage information on Medicare. With the What’s Covered app, anyone can search for a service or item and see whether it’s covered under Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B. How Can...

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What’s New in Medicare and Social Security for 2019

What’s New in Medicare and Social Security for 2019

Many of us are still struggling to remember to write “2019” instead of “2018.” Nevertheless, the new year is well underway. In case you’re still catching up, here’s a look at what’s changing in Medicare and Social Security. Social Security Adjustments The Social...

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Can You Deduct Medicare Expenses on Taxes?

Can You Deduct Medicare Expenses on Taxes?

Everyone has to pay taxes, but no one wants to pay more than they have to. Whether you’re counting on a big refund or simply want to keep the amount owed to Uncle Sam as low as possible, you need to take every deduction that’s legal. For many people aged 65 or older,...

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10 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your Medicare Plan

10 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your Medicare Plan

Open enrollment for Medicare runs between October 15 and December 7. This is when beneficiaries can switch plans for the upcoming year. Choosing a plan is an important task, and it shouldn’t be done before you answer these 10 questions. Has your current plan changed?...

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How to Choose a Good Medicare Insurance Agent

How to Choose a Good Medicare Insurance Agent

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare starts October 15. Between then and December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can make coverage changes for 2019. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage. You can switch from Medicare Advantage to Original...

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How to Check Your New Medicare Card Status

How to Check Your New Medicare Card Status

New Medicare cards are coming – sometime between April 2018 and April 2019. It’s a pretty big timeframe, and it’s leaving a lot of people wondering exactly when they can expect their card to arrive. The good news is that there are three easy ways to check your...

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Could You Benefit from A Medicare Diabetes Assistance Program?

Could You Benefit from A Medicare Diabetes Assistance Program?

Do you have trouble paying for important diabetes treatments? If so, you’re not alone, and help is available in the form of assistance programs. Diabetes is extremely common in the United States. According to the CDC, 9.4 percent of the U.S. population has the chronic...

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How Medicare, Medicare Supplement Plans and Medicaid Differ

How Medicare, Medicare Supplement Plans and Medicaid Differ

Navigating health insurance is challenging, and this doesn’t change when you turn 65 and age into Medicare. Although Medicare will likely be your main source of health insurance from this point on, you still have many options. To help you make the best choice for your...

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Medicare Coverage for Diabetes

Medicare Coverage for Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can require ongoing treatment and monitoring. It is also a common condition that affects millions of Americans, many of whom do not realize they have the disease. Therefore, to manage diabetes while keeping costs down, it’s...

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New Medicare Cards Will Improve Personal Security

New Medicare Cards Will Improve Personal Security

Medicare beneficiaries face a conundrum. They’ve been told they need to keep their personal information secure from identity thieves. Because wallets can be lost or stolen, this means not carrying their Social Security card in their wallet. But their Medicare card...

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COLA Update May Not Help Medicare B Enrollees

COLA Update May Not Help Medicare B Enrollees

Thanks to a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018, Social Security beneficiaries will be due more money in the coming year. While this is good news for many, it may not help everyone, specifically some Medicare B enrollees. How much is the increase? The Social...

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Medicare Insurance Ratings in Texas

Medicare Insurance Ratings in Texas

Medicare Open Enrollment is taking place now through December 7. CMS has released Star Ratings and statistics, and the outlook is great for the country and for Texas in particular. Costs are down and options are up, giving Medicare enrollees ample reason to review at...

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New Medicare ID Cards

New Medicare ID Cards

Next year, Medicare beneficiaries will start receiving new Medicare ID cards in the mail. These cards will differ from previous cards in an important way: They won’t have Social Security numbers on them. Each beneficiary will be assigned a unique Medicare number, and...

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Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment

Between October 15 and December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can switch plans. This an essential time for anyone who wants to get the best coverage possible for the following year. But be careful – it can go by quickly. The Open Enrollment Period lasts less than two...

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Medicare Phone Scams: What You Need to Know

Medicare Phone Scams: What You Need to Know

Scammers love to prey on senior citizens, and they often use false claims about Medicare benefits, payments and cards as the basis for their cons. Know what to expect so you don’t become the next victim. Your Personal Information The Minnesota Attorney General issued...

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Paying for Prescription Drugs Under Medicare

Paying for Prescription Drugs Under Medicare

Prescription drugs costs are high and rising in the United States. Budgeting for prescriptions is an essential part of any retirement plan. Under Medicare, beneficiaries have several options for paying for prescriptions. Medicare Part D Medicare Part D provides...

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Medicare Enrollment Deadlines – What You Need to Know

Medicare Enrollment Deadlines – What You Need to Know

In the case of Medicare late enrollment penalties, what you don’t know can hurt you. The penalties are both long-lasting and expensive. Enrolling on time is essential in order to avoid extra costs. Initial Enrollment Period Eligibility for Medicare is based on your...

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