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Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has had an impact on the Medicare program. Early-detection cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, are now covered under Medicare Part B with no out-of-pocket charges if your doctor... Read more

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

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

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 penalties may apply if you delay enrollment for Medicare Part A, Part B, and/or Part D. Usually, you’re first eligible for Original... Read more

The Different Parts of Medicare in 2017

There are several "parts" to Medicare, as you may know. Costs and benefit details may change from one year to the next. Here's a quick summary of out-of-pocket Medicare costs in 2017. 2017 Medicare Part A costs Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient hospital... Read more

Medicare Made Easy

Most people who are applying for Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) are learning about their Medicare coverage options for the first time. This includes individuals who are age 65 and older, as well as those under 65 who qualify due certain disabilities or... 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 Coverage and Basics Overview

If you’re just about to become eligible for Medicare, you may be wondering how your Medicare coverage works and what benefits are included. Medicare is a federal program, managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, that provides health... Read more

New to Medicare: How to plan for Medicare  

If you or a loved one are new to Medicare or approaching Medicare eligibility, you may have questions about how the program works, what's covered, the costs involved, and your benefit options. Here's a look at how to plan for Medicare and your health-care... Read more

How Do I Find a Medicare Health Plan?

Most people are automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) when they retire and begin accessing their Social Security benefits. If this is true for you, you may not need to find a Medicare health plan as you are automatically enrolled in... Read more




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