How to Avoid Medicare Late Penalties
While there are many benefits to having Traditional Medicare, the few disadvantages come in the form of late penalties. Traditional Medicare consists of two parts, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Part A benefits are your hospital benefits and covers any treatment given during hospitalization. Part B consists of coverage for doctor's office visits, diagnostic testing, lab work, outpatient surgeries, and ER visits. Prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B. There is Medicare Part D, which is stand-alone insurance that provides prescription medication coverage. And while Medicare covers most everything, there’s stillContinue reading
Are You Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?
It's Medicare open enrollment period starting October 15 and through December 7, 2019. Your chance to change coverage (Medicare plans) if you want. Medicare Part C plans, known as Medicare Advantage plans are private health insurance plans, mainly HMOs and PPOs, for people enrolled in Medicare. If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you still have Medicare, but you get all of your Medicare-covered benefits through a private plan. Most Medicare Advantage plans also cover prescription drugs and may cover other services, like vision, dental, and hearing. If you have Part A and Part B and are covered underContinue reading
When Does Medicare Annual Enrollment Period End? Soon!
If you need to make changes to your Medicare coverage for the upcoming year, mark your calendar for December 6th! It’s when the 2020 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) will end. After that date, you will not be able to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage until next October. In case you’ve been thinking about making changes to your existing Medicare plan, now is the time to take action! Book your appointment as soon as possible While December 6th may seem a ways off, November is a busy month for everyone, including your plan providers. Additionally, Thanksgiving falls onContinue reading
Medicare Open Enrollment 2019: What You Should Know
What: Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) Also known as the Annual Election Period or Medicare Open Enrollment When: October 15 through December 7, 2019 Medicare beneficiaries have one guaranteed chance to make changes to their Medicare enrollment each year — the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period from October 15th through December 7th. During this period, you can: Enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan Enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug Plan Drop a Part C or D Plan Understanding the Medicare Parts Original Medicare — Parts A & B Original Medicare, the coverage offered by the federal government, includes coverage forContinue reading
Alternatives to 1st Dollar Coverage Plans
We’ve lived our lives planning for our future and the future is now. Unfortunately, gone are 1stdollar coverage plans. Instead of paying a monthly premium that allowed us to close our wallet after writing that check we can expect to do a little more searching to find just the right plan. It’s back to the licensed insurance agent to review your needs and benefits against costs and risk. If you aren’t familiar with 1stdollar coverage, we are referring to Medicare Supplement Plans F and C. Medicare Supplement Plans are sometimes referred to as Medigap Plans. Plan F covered everything notContinue reading
Do Not Pay Your Part B Deductible at Doctor Appointments
How do the Medicare Deductibles work? One of the most common misconceptions that Medicare Beneficiaries have relates to their deductible. Most people that are going into Medicare for the first time are accustomed to having group coverage, and they may incorrectly be under the impression that once they take Medicare they don’t have to pay anything. Do Not Pay Your Part B Deductible at Doctor Appointments All of us wish this was the way things work, unfortunately it is not. When starting Medicare it is important to know what costs you are responsible for are and how you pay those expenses.Continue reading
If you get cancer, what does medicare cover?
A cancer diagnosis after the age of 65 can be overwhelming, but with Medicare and the right supplemental coverage, paying for medical care doesn’t have to be. Understanding the facts and benefits of Medicare regarding cancer coverage will make going through the process of treatment, from oral medication to surgery, a little bit easier for patients and their loved ones. If you get Cancer what does Medicare Cover? Medicare does a very good job of covering cancer treatment for those 65 and over. The American Cancer Society reports that Medicare pays for nearly half of the $74 billion spent on cancerContinue reading