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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


Does Medicare Cover the Ensure Drink?

The Ensure drink is a brand-name for a nutrition shake which can be used as meal replacement or a meal supplement. According to ensure.com, some Ensure drinks “are designed to provide complete, balanced nutrition to help people maintain or gain a healthy... Read more


Medicare in Illinois

Looking for Medicare insurance in Illinois can be easy with Medicare.com. Let us be your resource for all things Medicare. First, take a look at this overview of Medicare options for people living in Illinois. About Medicare in Illinois Medicare... Read more


Switching Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Policies

If you have Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance, you may be wondering if you should consider changing plans. if you're satisfied with your current Medigap plan, a good option is usually to stay with your plan for as long as the coverage and... Read more


Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Part A and/or Part B

A Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) can let you sign up for Original Medicare Part A and/or Part B outside of regular enrollment periods. If you’re not eligible for an SEP, you’ll have usually to wait until the next General Enrollment Period to... Read more


About the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”)

The Medicare coverage gap is the phase of your Medicare Part D benefit when there is a gap in prescription drug coverage. You might not reach this stage at all; it starts if you and your plan spend a certain amount of money within a year, as described below.... Read more


Does Medicare Cover Hospital Beds?

Has your doctor recommended that you have a hospital bed in your home to assist with your medical condition? If you are a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), your Part B benefits may cover 80% of the allowable charges... Read more


Medigap Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

People often ask me when the best time is to enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy. My answer is always the same: If you want the most plans available to you and especially if you have health issues, you should join a plan when you're first... Read more


Do I Need to Renew My Medicare Plan?

If you have Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you don't need to reapply every year. However, each year during the Annual Election Period (October 15 through December 7) you might want to consider whether you would benefit from enrolling in or changing a... Read more


Does Medicare Cover Orthotics?

Your doctor may prescribe orthotic devices, or braces, to support weak joints or muscles. If you have foot pain or other health conditions involving your feet, your podiatrist or other provider might prescribe custom orthotics for your feet. Medicare Part B... Read more



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