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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

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

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

Am I eligible for Medicare if I am 60 and unemployed?

Some companies or unions might offer early retirement packages. This can be tempting, but you may want to make sure you can still get health insurance through the company or union after you retire. You are probably not eligible for Medicare if you retire at... Read more

Understanding the differences between Medicare Advantage HMOs and PPOs

Medicare Advantage: an alternative way to receive your Medicare benefits The Medicare Advantage (Part C) program offers you a different way to receive your Original Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) benefits. (However, Part... Read more

Under 65 with ESRD: What are your Medicare coverage options?

Do you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD)? That’s kidney failure where you need regular dialysis or a kidney transplant. Did you know you might qualify for Medicare, even if you’re younger than 65? You might have a few different Medicare plan options if... Read more

Under 65 with ALS: What Are Your Medicare Coverage Options

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the baseball player who died of the condition in 1941. This 100% fatal disease can cause a person to lose the ability to eat, speak, move and breathe, according to the ALS... 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

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

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




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