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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

What Is a Home Safety Assessment for the Elderly?

Particularly if you're an older adult who lives alone, a home safety assessment is an important way to identify potential hazards in your home. How a home safety assessment prevents injuries A home safety assessment is an evaluation of your home to identify... Read more

I Need to Change Doctors, What Do I Do?

Depending on what type of coverage you have, changing doctors under Medicare will require different steps: If you have Original Medicare, Part A and Part B: With this coverage, you can go to any doctor who accepts Medicare patients. You can use the... 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

Will My Spouse and Dependent Children Be Covered Under Medicare?

If you’re familiar with employer-sponsored health-care plans, you may expect your whole family to be covered under one health insurance plan. Medicare, however, covers beneficiaries only on an individual basis. The Medicare beneficiary’s benefits... Read more

Medicare Power of Attorney for a Friend or Family Member

If you think it's time to set up power of attorney for yourself or a loved one, here's some background information that you may find useful. If you’re a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary, you may not realize that you can’t make health-care decisions... 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 major expenses you will have to face after retirement. Learn how to plan for health costs by understanding how much you... Read more

Medicare Eligibility for Permanent Residents

If you're a green card holder, you may be wondering if you're eligible for Medicare. United States permanent residents may qualify for Medicare if they've lived here at least five continuous years.  You may be a green card holder for several reasons, such... Read more

Medicare Yearly Wellness Visits

If you're new to Medicare, you might be surprised to know just how many wellness and preventive care benefits are available, often at no cost to you. The Medicare yearly wellness visits are different from the other Medicare yearly exams, because it focuses... 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




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