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Going out of town? Here’s How Medicare Coverage Works.

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December 7th, 2015

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be planning a trip out of town. However, if you’re like many older adults, you may be wondering if your health care costs will be covered while your travel, particularly in the event of an emergency. The answer: it depends. It’s important to know what your plan [...]

Need Cataract Surgery? Medicare Part B Has You Covered.

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November 30th, 2015

If you have cataracts, you’re not alone. This common eye condition affects millions of seniors. In fact 50% of adults age 80 years and older have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute. A clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, a cataract can seriously impair your [...]

Medicare Coverage for Non-Working Spouses

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November 23rd, 2015

Medicare isn’t only for people who retire after years of working. Anyone can apply, as long as he or she is a U.S. citizen or a legal resident for at least five years, and meets one or more of the following requirements: Age 65 or older Under age 65 with a qualifying disability Has end-stage [...]

Need Help Paying for Medicare? You Have Options.

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November 16th, 2015

Are you struggling to pay your Medicare premiums and other medical expenses? You’re not alone. Many seniors find it difficult to keep up with the rising costs of care. Fortunately, there is help. If you have limited income and assets, you may be eligible for assistance with medical costs for care you receive under Medicare. [...]

Your Health Savings Account and Medicare

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November 9th, 2015

Do you contribute to a tax-favored health savings account (HSA)? If so, special rules apply as you near age 65 and become eligible for Medicare. Once you enroll in Medicare, you can no longer make new contributions to an HSA. Why? Because HSAs can only be used alongside an HSA-qualified health insurance plan that meets certain [...]

Medicare Advantage Plans for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

Researchers link hypoglycemia and diabetes in seniors
November 2nd, 2015

When you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease, finding a Medicare Advantage plan that meets your health care needs can be a challenge. Fortunately, you may be eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage special-needs plan. Special-needs plans are designed to ensure their benefits, provider choices, and list of covered drugs best meet [...]

5 Costly Medicare Mistakes

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October 26th, 2015

With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period underway, you have from now until December 7 to change your coverage. But before you decide whether to keep or change your plan, here are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid—and why. 1. Letting automatic plan renewal decide for you. If you have a Medicare Part D or Medicare [...]

Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise: Will You Pay More in 2016?

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October 19th, 2015

With Medicare open enrollment underway, you have until December 7 to decide if you want to make changes to your coverage. For most, that means considering the pros and cons of Original Medicare plus a prescription drug or Medicare Advantage. But this year is different. If you’re enrolled in Original Medicare, you may be in [...]

How to Get Covered for Off-Label Drug Use

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October 12th, 2015

If Medicare Part D won’t cover your prescription, it may be because the drug is considered “off-label”. Doctors sometimes prescribe drugs to treat conditions other than those the FDA has approved it for. This is known as “off-label” drug use. While it’s legal to prescribe a drug for off-label use, Medicare plans may not always [...]

4 Reasons to Shop Around During Medicare Open Enrollment

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October 5th, 2015

Medicare Open Enrollment is almost here. From October 15 through December 7, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. But even if you’re happy with your plan, it’s worthwhile to re-evaluate your options. Here are 4 reasons why you should shop around: Re-evaluate your Medicare benefits to save money. Plan premiums vary from year [...]

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