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How to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Did you know Medicare imposes penalties for late enrollment in some cases? We'll look at how you can avoid Medicare penalties. Each Medicare penalty listed below is for late enrollment – that is, delaying enrollment in a particular "part" of... Read more

Medicare Eligibility

Medicare eligibility: Understanding who is eligible for Medicare Medicare coverage is not available to everyone. To receive benefits under this federal insurance program, you have to meet Medicare eligibility requirements. What does it mean to be eligible... Read more

What is Medicare?

The federal government defines Medicare as a federal health insurance program designed for those age 65 and older. Since its inception in 1965, Medicare has expanded to provide coverage for some younger people with disabilities, and for people with end-stage... Read more

How Do I Sign Up for Medicare?

You're newly eligible for Medicare. Or, you didn't sign up when you first qualified for Medicare. Or, you think you might be eligible but you're not sure how to sign up for Medicare. Does any of these statements apply to you? If so, keep reading to find... Read more

Can You Get Medicare in Puerto Rico?

Do you live in Puerto Rico? You may be a United States citizen, but are you eligible for Medicare? Here's a quick overview of Medicare in Puerto Rico and some possible coverage options. Medicare in Puerto Rico: eligibility You're generally eligible for... Read more

What Happens if You Miss Medicare Open Enrollment?

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is also known as the Annual Election Period (AEP) for Medicare health and prescription drug plans. It's also called the Fall Open Enrollment Period. This time period happens only once a year. If you miss the Medicare Open... Read more

Medicare Cost Plans versus Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

There are many different ways to get your Medicare benefits. Depending on where you live, your choices could include Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Cost Plans. This article will compare two plan... Read more

Do Medicare Cost Plans Have Networks?

If you're considering enrolling in one of the Medicare Cost Plans available in your area, you may be asking, "Do Medicare Cost Plans have networks?" It's an important question, since it may affect the amount you pay out-of-pocket for your healthcare under... Read more

How can I compare prices of different Medicare coverage options?

Prices and coverage will differ between Medicare plans, so it’s important to take into account the out-of-pocket costs you will pay in monthly premiums as well as deductibles, coinsurance and copays. Let’s compare price factors that apply to Medicare... Read more

When Can Medicare be a secondary payer?

Medicare payment usually works seamlessly. You generally pay a coinsurance amount or copayment and don't have to worry about filing a Medicare claim. But if you have other health insurance besides Medicare, then Medicare might be a secondary payer. Let's take... Read more

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