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How Do I Find Hospitals Near Me That Accept Medicare?

If you are a current Medicare beneficiary, or soon to be eligible, you may have questions about how and where you can use your Medicare coverage and which hospitals near you accept Medicare. You may also want to compare hospitals based on certain quality... 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

What If My Medicare Doctor “Opts Out”?

Finding a doctor you like and trust can be a long process, so I understand that it can be frustrating when your doctor no longer accepts Medicare. If your doctor has “opted out” of Medicare, this means that he or she no longer accepts Medicare assignment... Read more

What Does Inpatient Versus Outpatient Mean for Medicare?

From your perspective as a patient, the terms "inpatient" versus "outpatient," or even "under observation," may not matter very much regarding your care. But if you're covered by Medicare, the terms matter a lot. Under Original Medicare (Part A and Part... Read more

Will My Spouse and Dependent Children Be Covered Under Medicare?

Medicare covers only the individual who qualifies, and that person's benefits don't extend to his or her dependents, such as a spouse or children. If your spouse or children are eligible for Medicare, then they each have to apply for their own benefits... Read more

COBRA Insurance and Medicare

What is COBRA insurance? COBRA refers to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, a federal law that may let you keep your employer group health plan coverage for a limited time after your employment ends or after you would otherwise lose... Read more

Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

If you have Veterans Affairs (VA) health coverage, you are not required to enroll in Medicare–but it may be a good idea to do so. Signing up for Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, will give you broader coverage when it comes to the doctors, hospitals,... Read more

How Do I Choose Between Medicare and Employer Coverage?

Nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and over are still working (whether or not they have retired from their careers), according to a 2013 study by the Associated Press. If you're one of them, you may have questions about whether to enroll in Original Medicare... Read more

Plan Your Medicare Health Costs for Retirement

It’s smart to plan ahead for your retirement. Planning health-care costs in particular is important, since those costs may be among the biggest expenses you will have to face after retirement. Learn how to plan for health costs by understanding how much you... Read more

Reporting the Death of a Medicare Beneficiary

To report the death of a Medicare beneficiary, a family member or person responsible for the care of the beneficiary may call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. You must have the beneficiary’s Social Security number available when you make this call. TTY... Read more




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