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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

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 first... 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

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

Can I Get Medicare if I’m Still Working?

If you haven’t yet retired, can you still sign up for Medicare? You might be eligible for Medicare even if you’re still working. You might be interested in Medicare coverage if you have no health insurance, or feel your current insurance is inadequate –... Read more

Medicare and Employer Health Insurance

Do I need to enroll in Medicare when I turn 65 if I’m still working? If you have health care coverage through your employer, you may choose to delay enrollment in Medicare Part B when you turn 65, since Part B includes a monthly premium. You may be able... Read more

What’s the Difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

It might be easy to confuse Medicare and Medicaid. Both are government-administered health-care programs. Both program names begin with the same six letters. It’s worthwhile to know the difference so you can know which program (or both) you may be eligible... Read more

How Medicare Works: A Quick Guide

How Does Original Medicare Work? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for United States citizens or legal residents of at least five years in a row who qualify for the program. That includes people who are 65 or older and those younger than 65... Read more

What’s New about the Medicare Card in 2018?

If you have Medicare, you can expect to receive a new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) will mail new Medicare cards to more than 60 million Medicare beneficiaries. Because this mailing is... 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




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