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Alternatives to Medicare Cost Plans

A Medicare Cost Plan is a Medicare health plan available in certain areas of the country. Medicare Cost Plans are offered by private insurance companies contracted with Medicare and may provide medical, hospital and prescription drug coverage. If your... Read more

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

How will Obamacare Repeal Affect Medicare?

With talk in the news about an Obamacare repeal, you may be wondering how that would affect Medicare. We don't have a crystal ball, but let's explore what news reports are saying about whether and how Medicare may be affected by a possible Obamacare... Read more

The Different Parts of Medicare in 2018

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 2018. 2018 Medicare Part A costs Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient hospital... 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

Under 65 with Pre-existing Condition: What are your Medicare coverage options

What is pre-existing condition? According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a pre-existing condition is a health problem you had before the date that your new health coverage starts. Many conditions might be considered a pre-existing... Read more

Should I get a Medicare Plan with a Low Premium and High Deductible?

Various Medicare options, including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement are offered by private insurance companies contracted with Medicare. These companies are free to set varying rates for the plans they offer within... 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

Will My Medicare Premium Rise If I Get Sick?

Your monthly premium for Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) is set each year by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Original Medicare premiums are standardized, and the amount you pay depends on several factors including your income, but... Read more

Medicare Cost Plans in Minnesota

There’s one type of Medicare health plan that you might not have heard about. Medicare Cost Plans give you another way to get your Medicare benefits. As a Minnesota resident, you might have a choice of several Medicare plan options. We’ll focus on... Read more




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