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Medicare Copayments, Coinsurance, and Annual Deductibles Explained

While the Medicare program provides health-care coverage, it does not exempt you from all out-of-pocket costs. There are instances where you are responsible for paying for a share of your health coverage. Whether you’re talking about Original Medicare, Part... Read more

Can I Go Without Medicare and Get Private Health Insurance Instead?

There are complex rules that govern your health care coverage under Medicare and private insurance, so it's important to know your rights and responsibilities, as well as applicable laws, before you decide whether to drop Medicare and sign up for private... Read more

What are Medicare 5-Star Plans?

Did you know that the government rates Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans? Based on patient feedback, doctor feedback, and other criteria, Medicare assigns one through five stars (unless a plan gets consistently poor ratings, which may... Read more

Medicare Premium Payment Process

Although Medicare is partially funded by the government, you may still be responsible for Medicare payments. If you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you will pay a monthly Medicare premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance). In... Read more

How does Medicare work with other insurance?

Can you have both private insurance and Medicare? With more and more Americans over age 65 still working, coordination of benefits between Medicare and private insurance companies is fairly common. Over 9 million Americans over 65 were working as of January... Read more

Medicare Cost Plans: Eligibility, Coverage, and Costs

Medicare Cost plans are private Medicare health plans that are only available in certain parts of the country. Plan members who use in-network providers will have lower costs and the most coverage, but there's also an option to use out-of-network providers... Read more

Medicare Late-Enrollment Penalties

Certain parts of Medicare may have late-enrollment penalties if you don’t sign up when you’re first eligible. These Medicare late-enrollment penalties may apply if you delay enrollment for Medicare Part A, Part B, and/or Part D. Usually, you’re... Read more

What is a Medicare Cost Plan?

Medicare Cost Plans are not available in all parts of the country, but if you live in one of the areas where these plans are offered, here's what you might want to know. Medicare Cost Plans are similar to Medicare Advantage plans in some ways, but are... Read more

How does TRICARE work with Medicare?

What is TRICARE? TRICARE is a health program for active duty and retired members of the Uniformed Services and the National Guard, their families and survivors, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their families. TRICARE offers health coverage with... Read more

Obamacare vs. Medicare for People with Disabilities

You might be eligible for Medicare in some cases if you have a disability. But just because you can get Medicare coverage, does that mean you have to take it instead of a major medical health plan under Obamacare? That's what this article is all... Read more




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