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Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare beneficiaries across the nation have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part D to get help with their prescription drug costs. Medicare prescription drug coverage is available in tw

Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

Medicare Supplement (also known as Medigap or MedSupp) insurance plans help cover certain out-of-pocket costs that Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn't cover. There are 10 plan types availabl

Comparing Medicare Part D Coverage

As a Medicare beneficiary, you have a few options when it comes to your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) and how to get it. If you're enrolled in Original Medicare, you c

Medicare Advantage (Part C)

Medicare Part C is available through Medicare Advantage plans, and is an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Medicare Advantage plans are health insurance plans offered by priv

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

While Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) covers many health-care expenses, it doesn’t cover everything. Even with covered health-cares services, beneficiaries are still responsible for a number o

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance

Do you have fairly frequent doctor or hospital visits? If so, you may already know that Medicare Part A and Part B come with out-of-pocket costs you have to pay. You might be able to save money with a

Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans

There can be many benefits to Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C. Perhaps you prefer the convenience of having all of your health and drug benefits under a single plan, instead of

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F

 Medicare Supplement Plan F is generally regarded as the most comprehensive plan out of the 10 Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policies available in most states. Its extensive coverage makes this a

Does Medicare Cover Flu Shots?

Medicare Part B, one of the two parts of Original Medicare, covers 100% of the costs of seasonal flu shots once a year during the fall or winter. The Part B deductible does not apply to this ser

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan N

Medicare Supplemental Plan N is one of 10 standardized Medigap plans available in most states. Like other Medigap basic benefits, this plan helps with certain costs that Original Medicare doesn’t c

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Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Plan G

Are you looking for help with certain costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover? There are 10 standardized Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plans available in most states, and Plan G could

Medicare Coverage of Dentures

Medicare doesn't cover most routine dental care or supplies, including oral exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, and dental appliances, including dentures. In some situations, you may be

Medicare Part B

Original Medicare is made up of two parts: Medicare Part A provides hospital insurance, while Medicare Part B offers medical insurance. Together, these two parts equal Original Medicare, t

Medicare in Montana

If you are a resident of Montana and you’re eligible to receive Medicare coverage, you may want to learn more about Medicare and how it works. Original Medicare for Montana beneficiaries Original

Medicare Supplement Insurance Enrollment

If you're currently enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you'll know that there can be gaps in your coverage that you must pay out of pocket. Copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles

How Much Does a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Cost?

If you're enrolled in Medicare, or will soon be eligible for the program, you may be thinking about buying a Medicare Supplement insurance plan to work alongside your Medicare Part A and Part B covera

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Costs

Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage helps beneficiaries with the costs of their prescription medications. If you decide to enroll in Medicare Part D, some of your costs may include out-of

What to Do If You Have Medicare and Are Moving to Another State

If you're moving out of state, you may wonder if you need to make changes to your Medicare coverage. The answer depends on the type of coverage you have. In some cases, your Medicare coverag

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan C

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance Plan C is one of the most comprehensive of the 10 standardized Medigap insurance plans available in most states. Out of the 10, only Medigap Plan F offers

Medigap Plans – The Same as Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) is the basic Medicare benefit package granted to eligible individuals when they turn 65 or enter their 25th month of receiving disability benefits. Original M

Does Medicare Cover Cancer Treatment?

In 2018, over 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The good news is that cancer mortality (deaths caused

What Can I Do If Medicare Doesn’t Cover a Drug I Need?

You can get Medicare prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (MAPD) or a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, which works alongside yo

Medicare.gov

Medicare.gov is the official United States government website for all things Medicare. The site is a rich resource for all the different stages of your Medicare experience, both when you're

Medicare Advantage Plan Costs

Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are available through private insurance companies that are contracted by Medicare. Each of these companies has the option to price its pl

Can I Laminate My Medicare Card?

You'll definitely want to take good care of your Medicare card - don't lose track of it, and keep it in good condition. However, the Social Security Administration doesn't recommend laminating i

Switching to a Medicare Advantage Plan

The Medicare Advantage program, also known as Medicare Part C, provides a way you can get your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) benefits through a private, Medicare-approved insurance c

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Plan K

If you're looking for some help with certain Original Medicare costs and want a lower-cost Medigap plan with very basic coverage, then Medigap Plan K may work for your situation. Medicare Sup

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Costs

Original Medicare offers broad coverage to help with certain hospital and medical costs, but doesn't cover all costs of the services and supplies you may need. Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insur

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan D

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance Plan D is one of the 10 standardized Medigap plans available in most states (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Massachusetts have their own standardized Medigap plan

How Original Medicare Works: Eligibility and Enrollment

Original Medicare is the federally administered health-care program for adults over 65. You may also be eligible for Medicare at any age if you qualify through disability or have certain condition

When Can I Cancel My Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are offered by private insurance companies and can help you pay for out-of-pocket costs for services covered under Original Medicare. You must pay a monthly premium

Medicare Vision Coverage

It's common to have age-related vision loss as you get older, and as a Medicare beneficiary, you may be wondering what type of vision services and items you're covered for. Original Medic

Does Medicare Cover MRI Scans?

What is an MRI? An MRI scan can produce three-dimensional detailed images of your body without using the more harmful radiation of x-rays. And MRI might help your doctor diagnose or rule out a

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

You might be concerned about applying for Medicare Supplement insurance plan if you have a pre-existing health condition*. Will the plan accept you? Will they charge you more? Will your condition

How Do I Find the Best Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

When determining what may be the best Medicare Supplement insurance plan for you, first understand which type of Medicare health insurance you already have. This will help determine if you may be elig

Signing Up for Medicare

If you're new to Medicare, you may understandably have a lot of questions about how and when to sign up for Medicare. Most people qualify for Medicare if they are 65 or older. However, ho

Getting Reimbursed by Medicare

You generally don't have to submit claims to Medicare and get reimbursed. In most cases you don't pay up front for all your health care; you make cost-sharing payments such as coinsurance and de

Medicare Brand-Name vs. Generic Prescription Drugs: Comparing Costs and Effectiveness

Whether or not you're enrolled in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you may want to learn about the terms "generic" and "brand-name." Generic prescription medications are typically much

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan B

As you may know, Medicare Supplement insurance (also known as Medigap insurance) may cover some of your out-of-pocket costs that you normally have to pay with Original Medicare, Part A and Part

Do I Need to Renew My Medicare Plan?

In most cases you don't have to renew your Medicare coverage, but it's always a good idea to review your coverage every year to make sure it still fits your needs. This is true whether you are i

Medicare in Florida

According to 2018 statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there were more than 4.3 million total Medicare beneficiaries in Florida. Many beneficiaries in Florida, as i

Apply for Medicare

If you're new to Medicare and have questions about eligibility or enrollment, you've come to the right place. Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage for older adults and certa

How Can I Contact Medicare?

There are many reasons you may want to use the Medicare phone number to contact Medicare. For example you may want to ask general questions such as: Does Medicare cover hearing aids? What

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan L

If you’re enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you probably know it comes with out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles and copayments. Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plans, avail

Medicare in Texas

Overview of Medicare in Texas Medicare is the United States federal health insurance program enacted in 1966 to cover hospital (Part A) and medical (Part B) expenses for beneficiaries. Over the y

Medicare Premium and Deductible Costs for 2018

As a Medicare beneficiary, it's important for you to be aware of the costs and expenses associated with the government-sponsored health insurance program. Here's a look at Medicare premiums, deduc

Should I Switch Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Policies?

 Are you unhappy with your current Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance coverage and thinking of switching plans? Also known as Medigap, these plans may help with certain out-of-pocket costs that

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plans may help pay for "gaps" in your Original Medicare coverage. This includes cost-sharing expenses such as copayments and deductibles, as well as other o

Who Is Eligible for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are sold by private health insurance companies, but unlike some other health plans sold by private insurers, Medicare Supplement insurance plans may have eligib

Can I Use My Medicare Supplement to Pay My Medicare Part B Premium?

Medicare includes Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Most people don't pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, but do pay a Medicare Part B premium. If you or your spouse p

Does Medicare Cover Dental Benefits?

As a general rule, Medicare only covers supplies and services that are medically necessary. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage of most dental services is limited, but some services m

Could a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Help If You Have a Low Income?

Some people who are over 65 and qualify for a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan may be retired and on limited or low incomes. If this is true for you, you may need to carefully consider

Does Medicare Cover Dental Implants

A dental implant is a structure in the mouth anchored to the jawbone, meant to serve in place of a failed natural root, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It's generally attached

How Do I Pay for My Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are offered by private insurance companies and may help you pay for out-of-pocket costs for services covered under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Bot

How to Request a Medicare Replacement Card

Your Medicare card is proof that you have Medicare health coverage and, as a beneficiary, is one of the most important documents you own. When you receive treatment you may be asked by your prov

Does Medicare Cover Medical Alert Systems

Some people like the feeling of security that may come from wearing a pendant or bracelet equipped with a button they can press to summon help. These systems are typically connected to telephone

What Is Medicare: Medicare Explained

If you're new to the Medicare program, you may not realize that Medicare comes in different "parts." There's Medicare Part A and Part B, which together make up Original Medicare, the governm

Medigap Plan Benefits Chart

Medicare Supplement insurance, also known as Medigap insurance, may help cover your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and coinsurance. In most states, ther

Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”)

If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage, you need to be aware of the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the "donut hole." This is a period of time when you might have to pay

Medicare in New York

Overview of Medicare in New York In 2018, more than 3.5 million residents of New York received Medicare coverage in one form or another, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

What Is the Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Free Look Period?

A Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan can help pay for Original Medicare's out-of-pocket costs. Different Medicare Supplement insurance plans pay for different amounts of those costs, suc

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Hospice Care

Medicare coverage for hospice care can lighten the burden for terminally ill Medicare beneficiaries and their loved ones. A Medicare Supplement insurance plan might lighten that burden even more.

Medicare Coverage of Viagra

Viagra isn't covered under Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. There are only certain situations and limited prescription drugs Original Medicare covers. Medicare Part A may generally cover pr

Medicare Enrollment and Election Periods

Have you ever wanted to make changes to your Medicare coverage or switch plans -- only to realize you couldn't because you were outside of the Fall Open Enrollment? As you may know, Medicare com

What Are Medicare Supplement Guaranteed-Issue Rights?

What are Guaranteed-Issue Rights? Guaranteed-issue rights may protect you from medical underwriting. Health insurance companies often use your health history and data on pre-existing conditions

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medical Underwriting

You may be concerned about medical underwriting when applying for a new Medicare Supplement  insurance plan. Medical underwriting is a process in which insurance companies collect detailed inform

Medicare Fall Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment Period for both Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug coverage happens annually from October 15 to December 7. This period is also known as Medicare Fall Open Enr

What is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is a nationwide senior fitness program for Medicare beneficiaries. The term “SilverSneakers” may come from the hair color of SilverSneaker participants + the shoes they wear

Do Medicare Plans from Humana Cover Routine Dental?

Humana is a private insurance company contracted with the Medicare program to provide Medicare Advantage plans and stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. Depending on plan avai

Does My Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Cover My Spouse?

In many cases, you can buy a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan to cover out-of-pocket costs that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B don't cover, such as coinsurance and deductibles. Some M

Getting Medicare Under the Age of 65

Many people think of Medicare as a government health-care program for Americans and legal permanent residents (of at least five continuous years) who are at least 65 years old. But some people q

How Your Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Plan Works If You’re Moving Out of State

If you're enrolled in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan and moving out of state, you may be wondering if you need to take action to keep your current coverage. Medicare Supplement

I’m Retired – Do I Need a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

Are you retired, or thinking about retirement, and wondering if you need a Medicare Supplement insurance plan? The answer involves a look at your personal circumstances and a little educated guesswork

Medicare Coverage of Routine Dental Services

Some Medicare beneficiaries are surprised to learn that Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn't cover routine dental services. Medicare only covers dental services in specific, limited sit

Medicare in Pennsylvania

Overview of Medicare in Pennsylvania Did you know that in 2018, more than 2 million Pennsylvanians were enrolled in Medicare? As a Medicare beneficiary, you can choose from a variety of Medicare cove

Can I Have a Medicare Advantage and a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan at the Same Time?

What is a Medicare Supplement insurance plan? Medicare Supplement insurance plans can work alongside Medicare (Part A and Part B) and may help cover costs that Medicare doesn't pay, such as coinsur

Medicare in Alabama

Alabama beneficiaries have a variety of Medicare insurance plan options available to them, as well as various resources to help them understand their coverage options. Medicare beneficiaries in Ala

About Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans F, G, and N

Once you're enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B,  you may want additional coverage through a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance policy. Medicare Supplement insurance Plans F, G, and N are

Medicare Enrollment Periods

There are certain times when eligible beneficiaries may enroll in the different parts of Medicare. Some Medicare enrollment periods occur during a certain time period on an annual basis, while o

Is Your Medicare Plan Active?

To make sure that you're enrolled in Medicare and that your health insurance coverage begins on time, it's important for you to know when your enrollment period begins and to identify your cover

Medicare in Michigan

A Look at Medicare in Michigan According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data, the total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B a

What Medicare Advantage Plans Does Humana Offer?

The Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) program is an alternative way to get your Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, benefits. Medicare Advantage plans cover everything that Original Medic

Medicare in South Carolina

Overview of Medicare in South Carolina As a Medicare beneficiary, you may be able to choose from a variety of Medicare coverage options in South Carolina. The government program and most common Med

What Does a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Offer?

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (also referred to as the Medicare Modernization Act or MMA) is a federal law passed in 2003 that set the stage for a major

Medicare Advantage HMO vs. Original Medicare: Which Should You Choose?

Are you thinking about Medicare Advantage HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plans, and wondering how they compare with Original Medicare? We'll take you through the basic benefits of Origina

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A is one half of Original Medicare, the federal health-care program made up of Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Generally speaking, Part A covers hos

What Does Medically Necessary Mean in Medicare?

"Medically necessary" is a standard that Medicare uses when deciding whether to cover a health-care service or item. This applies to everything from flu shots and preventive screenings, to k

Medicare Advantage vs. Medigap: How to Choose

So, you're enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Congratulations – that's a great first step, or even final step, in getting Medicare coverage. But Medicare Advantage and Medigap insuran

How Do Private Insurance Companies Price Their Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Premiums?

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are offered by private health insurance companies and can help you pay for out-of-pocket costs for services covered under Original Medicare (Plan A and Plan B).

Does Medicare Cover Assisted Living Care?

Assisted living facilities are housing options that fall in the category between independent living and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care. These facilities assist with daily living and may als

Medicare Part A and Part B – What’s the Difference?

When you qualify for Medicare, it's usually Medicare Part A and Part B that you're first enrolled in. Medicare Part A and Part B make up Original Medicare. This article explores the differences

Does Original Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Yes, Medicare Part B generally covers surgery to remove cataracts. Cataract surgery involves replacing the affected eye lens with an artificial one, and Medicare Part B's benefits usually cover

Medicare in Connecticut

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary in Connecticut, you may be wishing you could find a brief, simple summary of Medicare and its plan options. We hope this article will meet your needs. The federal

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Plan M

Medicare Supplement Plan M is more or less in the middle in terms of the portions of Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) out-of-pocket costs that Medigap plans cover. With a Medigap Plan M policy

What to Do If Your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Is Discontinued

When your insurance plan can drop you Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plans are offered by private insurance companies and can help you pay for out-of-pocket costs for services covered un

Do Medicare Plans from Humana Cover Routine Vision Care?

If you're comparing Medicare Advantage plans and you wear contact lenses or prescription eyewear, you may want to find a plan option that includes routine vision care. You may be able to enr

What Is Medicare Supplement Insurance?

If you want  to supplement your Medicare Part A (hospital care) and Medicare Part B (medical care) coverage, you may be able to buy a supplemental insurance plan from a private insurance company. Med

Will My Medications Be Covered by a Medicare Plan with Prescription Drug Benefits from Humana?

If you take prescription medications on a regular basis, or have chronic health conditions that require treatment with prescription drugs, you may want to make sure your medications are cove

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

The different parts of Medicare With Medicare, you generally have options as to how you can be covered. You may be able to get coverage from private insurance companies to go alongside coverage f

Can I Get a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan If I Have a Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plan?

Both Medicare Supplement insurance plans and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans may help you to save on health-care costs, but in different ways. In addition, these two plans are not designe

Medicare in New Jersey

Overview of Medicare in New Jersey Over 1.5 million residents of New Jersey received Medicare coverage in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a Medicare bene

Medicare in Indiana

As of 2018, the state of Indiana had 1,217,828 Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Some Indiana beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in Ori

Medicare Plans Available from Humana

Humana offers a wide range of Medicare plan options and a depth of experience with Medicare. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a Medicare plan from Humana that suits your need

Medicare in Minnesota

In 2018, more than 980,000 residents of Minnesota received Medicare coverage, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a Minnesota resident and Medicare beneficiary, you

Medicare Initial Enrollment Period

If you're new to Medicare, you may be wondering how eligibility and enrollment works. To qualify for Medicare, you must be 65 or older and either a United States citizen or a legal permanent

Can You Apply for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan After Your Open Enrollment Period?

When should I enroll in a Medicare Supplement insurance plan? Medicare Supplement insurance plans help cover out-of-pocket costs, such as coinsurance, copayments and deductibles, that Medicare (Par

Medicare in North Carolina

If you live in North Carolina and are nearing age 65, you may be wondering if you are eligible for Medicare, what health services Medicare covers, and how it works. Understanding your Medicare coverag

Basics of Medicare Supplement Insurance

If you are considering purchasing a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan to help pay Medicare out-of-pocket costs, there a few basic things you should know. The best time to buy a Medicar

Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage

Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program for American citizens and permanent legal residents (of at least five years in a row) who are 65 years old or more, or who qualify

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan A

A Medicare Supplement insurance plan can be used to help cover certain out-of-pocket costs that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B (Medicare) don't pay. The “gaps“ in Medicare that Medicare

Medicare in California

In 2018 the total number of Medicare beneficiaries in California was over 6 million according to statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This means California has m

What’s the Difference Between Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medigap Plans?

Medicare Supplement and Medigap are different names for the same type of health insurance plan – you can use either name. To explain the terms themselves, you can think of “Medigap“ as a plan

Medicare in Virginia

Overview of Medicare in Virginia Whether you are already a Medicare beneficiary in Virginia or planning for the future, Medicare coverage may be a matter of interest to you. We would like to help y

Medicare Extra Help Program

The Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), also known as the Medicare Extra Help program, is available to beneficiaries who fall below certain income and personal resource limits. This is a federal program tha

Medicare in New Mexico

Overview of Medicare Coverage options More than 403,400 residents of New Mexico received Medicare coverage in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). If you are a M

Medicare in Maryland

As a Medicare beneficiary living in Maryland, you may have options in how you receive your Medicare benefits, and you may want to consider them carefully before you make a decision. Original

Understanding Your New Medicare Card in 2018

Whether you’re new to Medicare or a longtime beneficiary, a new Medicare card may be coming your way in 2018. The biggest change is that your Medicare number won’t be your Social Security

What Does Medicare Cover?

What does Medicare cover under Original Medicare? Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, is the basic government-sponsored health insurance program for Americans aged 65 and over and those at

Medicare in Hawaii

When you turn 65 or qualify by disability at any age, you become eligible for Original Medicare if you’re an American citizen or permanent legal resident of at least five continuous years. You may a

Medicare in Illinois

There were over 2 million people (2,176,409) enrolled in Medicare in Illinois as of 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and

Medicare in Missouri

The Missouri Landscape In Missouri, a total of 1,194,124 residents have Medicare coverage, according to 2018 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These Medicare beneficia

How Do Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans Work with Other Medicare Insurance?

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are designed to work with Original Medicare and help pay some of the out-of-pocket costs that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn't pay, such as coinsurance

Medicare’s Annual Costs

Since Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program, you may think it covers every dollar of your health-care costs, but it doesn't. Read on to learn about your Medicare costs

What Types of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans Does Humana Offer?

Are you concerned about getting help with prescription drug costs? Fortunately, as a Medicare beneficiary, you may be eligible to enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan from Humana to get

Medicare in Mississippi

If you will soon be turning 65 in Mississippi, you may be wondering how Medicare works, what it covers, and how much it will cost you. Here’s a brief overview of how Medicare works in Mississippi an

Medicare in Washington

Overview of Medicare in Washington Are you one of the almost 1.3  million Medicare beneficiaries residing in Washington and curious (or perhaps even a little overwhelmed) about how Medicare covera

How Do I Report a Change of Name or Address to Medicare?

When you sign up for Medicare, you generally must have a U.S. mailing address on file so that you can receive Medicare communications. When you move, you may need to update this address. You can u

Medicare in Arizona

Arizona Medicare Plans If you’re a beneficiary in Arizona, you may have many different options available when it comes to getting your Medicare coverage. In Arizona, as in the rest of the United

Medicare in New Hampshire

Overview of Medicare coverage options in New Hampshire In 2018 , 286,980 New Hampshire residents received Medicare coverage in one form or another, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicai

Medicare in Nevada

Overview of Medicare in Nevada In 2018, approximately 498,000 residents of Nevada received Medicare coverage, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a Medicare benefi

Medicare in Utah

Overview of Medicare in Utah If you’re a Utah resident who’s wondering how Medicare works, we’d like to help you get a better understanding of Medicare coverage. As a Medicare beneficiar

Medicare in Washington DC

Overview of Medicare in Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) Medicare is the federal health-care program signed into law in 1965 to cover hospital and medical expenses for individuals age 65 and

Medicare in Tennessee

Overview of Medicare in Tennessee Did you know that in 2018, more than 1.3 million Tennesseans were enrolled in Medicare? That’s according to a 2018 report from the Center for Medicaid & Me

Medicare in Nebraska

Overview of Medicare in Nebraska More than 333,600 residents of Nebraska received Medicare coverage in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). If you are eligible f

Medicare in Massachusetts

Medicare in Massachusetts If you’re a Medicare beneficiary in Massachusetts, you may be wondering about how Medicare works and the different ways you can get your Medicare benefits. In general, Med

Can My Insurance Company Cancel My Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

When can my Medicare Supplement insurance plan be canceled? Medicare Supplement insurance plans are sold by private companies to cover health care out-of-pocket costs that Medicare Part A and Part

Medicare in Ohio

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary in Ohio—or soon to be one—you are one of more than 2.2 million people living in Ohio in 2018 who may enjoy the flexibility of receiving Medicare coverage from am

How Much Will a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Save Me?

If you're researching your Medicare coverage options, you may have heard about Medicare Supplement insurance. What is it, and can it save you money? This article gives you a quick overview. What is

Medicare in Georgia

Medicare continues to be an important health benefit to the senior and disabled population of Georgia. In fact, in 2018, there were 1.6 million Georgia Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Centers

Medicare in Iowa

There were 605,872  Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa as of 2018, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) statistics. Here’s a little background about Medicare. The federal go

Medicare in North Dakota

Overview of Medicare in North Dakota Whether you’re newly eligible for Medicare or you’ve been enrolled in the program for a while, you may be wondering about your different coverage options in N

Medicare in Wyoming

Did you know that over 103,000 people in Wyoming are enrolled in Medicare as of January 2018? If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you may be able to choose from a variety of types of Medicare cover

Why Should I Buy a Medicare Supplement Plan?

Once you're 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, you may have a choice to buy additional insurance called Medicare Supplement (Medigap). Unlike Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) which is

Do I Have to Be Enrolled in Original Medicare to Apply for a Medigap Insurance Plan?

Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) are often referred to as Original Medicare. A Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan is health insurance sold by priv

The Different Kinds of Medicare Advantage Plans Explained

Did you know there are several different types of Medicare Advantage plans? You might have a choice of several kinds, such as: HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) PPO (Preferred Provid

Medicare in Arkansas

More than half a million (621,118) Arkansas residents were enrolled in Medicare as of January 2018, according to statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Whether

New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period for 2019

Have you been thinking about signing up for a Medicare Advantage plan, or changing from one plan to another? You may know that there are limited time periods when you can make these changes. Now t

Medicare in Vermont

Overview of Medicare in Vermont If you are a Medicare beneficiary now or planning for the future, you may be wondering how Medicare coverage works. We invite you to read on and learn the basics abo

Steps to Buying Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

You may have heard that a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan can help you pay for Original Medicare's out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Following the

Medicare in Alaska

Alaska Medicare Coverage Options If you’re a beneficiary in Alaska, you may be wondering how the Medicare program works in your state. In general, Alaska beneficiaries have the same Medicare covera

Medicare in Delaware

In 2018, there were 196,363 Medicare beneficiaries in Delaware, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Delaware offers numerous resources to help these Medicare beneficiari

Medicare in Rhode Island

Overview of Medicare in Rhode Island If you’re a Rhode Island resident who’s wondering how Medicare works, you’ve come to the right place. As a Medicare beneficiary, you can choose from a

Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

A lift chair is a motorized arm chair that can change positions, assisting the user into and out of the chair. How can a lift chair help me? Lift chairs for the elderly can help you stand up

How Is a Medicare Advantage HMO vs PPO Different?

You might have faced the HMO vs. PPO* (Health Maintenance Organization vs. Preferred Provider Organization) decision if your employer offered a choice of these types of group health insurance pl

Medicare in West Virginia

Whether you’re turning age 65 and looking into Medicare, or already a Medicare beneficiary, you may be interested to know that 431,331 people in West Virginia had Medicare coverage as of January

How Can I Find a Health-Care Provider Who Accepts a Medicare Plan from Humana?

Humana is a private insurance company that contracts with Medicare to provide Medicare plan options, including Medicare Advantage plans and stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.

Medicare in Idaho

Medicare plans in Idaho Medicare Advantage plans often include other benefits as well, like routine dental care and vision care, and prescription drug coverage. According to the Centers for Medica

Medicare in Kentucky

If you’re a Kentucky resident looking for more information on Medicare, you’ve come to the right place. In 2018, more than 903,650  Kentuckians were enrolled in Medicare, according to the

Medicare in Colorado

Colorado Medicare Plans Whether you’re a Colorado resident who is new to Medicare or you’ve been enrolled for a while, you may be wondering how the program works in your state and what your optio

Medicare in Oklahoma

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary in Oklahoma, you might have several options for your Medicare coverage. Understanding these options can help you figure out the Medicare coverage in Oklahoma tha

How Do I Get a Medicare Card

Why do I need a Medicare card? You Medicare card shows that you have Medicare health insurance. You may need to present your Medicare card at hospitals or doctor offices to receive Medicare-co

Medicare in Louisiana

In 2018, a sizeable portion of the total population in Louisiana was comprised of Medicare beneficiaries, with a grand total of 843,951 individuals, according to data from the Centers for Medicare

Medicare in Oregon

If you are turning 65 years old, you may be wondering how Medicare works, what it covers, and how much it will cost you. Medicare beneficiaries living in Oregon (as elsewhere in the United States)

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Medicare in Wisconsin

Are you a Medicare beneficiary in Wisconsin, or planning ahead? Learn more about Medicare coverage in Wisconsin. 1.1 million Wisconsin residents received Medicare coverage as of January 2018, a

Medicare in Maine

The number of Maine residents enrolled in Medicare continues to grow. According to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 325,656 beneficiaries were enrolled in Original

Medicare in Kansas

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a total of 516,756 Kansas residents received Medicare coverage in 2018. This number includes beneficiaries enrolled in the fede

Medicare in South Dakota

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary living in South Dakota, you may want to take note of the choices you may have in how you receive your Medicare coverage and what other benefits may be availabl

How to Pick the Best Medicare Advantage Plan for You

Medicare Advantage is another way to get your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) benefits through a private insurance company that contracts with Medicare. If you’ve decided that Medicare A

If I Retire at Age 62, Will I Be Eligible for Medicare at That Time?

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I’m Turning 65 What Do I Need to Do?

At 65 you may be looking forward to different things: having grandchildren perhaps, possibly retiring from your career, or taking some trip that you’ve dreamed of your whole life. Sixty-five

When Am I Eligible for Medicare?

Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over and people with permanent disabilities. When you are eligible for Medicare depends mostly on: when your birthday

Should I Get Medicare Part D Coverage Through Medicare Advantage or a Stand-Alone Plan?

Are you thinking about Medicare Part D coverage for your prescription drugs? As you may know, there are two main ways to get this coverage: Stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Pla

How to Make Sure You Have the Right Medicare Plan for You

Maybe you're new to Medicare and facing a variety of Medicare plan options. Or perhaps you have a Medicare health plan and you're not sure if you could get better coverage. Either way – it's i

The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

It may be easy to confuse Medicare vs Medicaid because they are both health insurance programs sponsored by the government. However, the benefits and eligibility requirements are different for Med

What Are the Pros and Cons of Delaying Medicare Enrollment?

If you want to delay enrolling in Medicare, you typically will have the opportunity to enroll later. You’re generally first eligible to enroll in Medicare 3 months before you turn 65  if you qu

What if My Medicare Doctor Isn’t in My Plan Network?

If you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) you can generally visit any doctor who accepts Medicare. However, if you have certain types of Medicare Advantage plans, you may have to visit Med

Medicare: What Is CMS.gov?

Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and older and people with disabilities receiving Social Security. Medicaid, another type of government health insurance program, p

How Can I Lower the Costs of My Prescription Drugs?

If you're like many people who take medications to manage health conditions, you may be concerned about the costs of prescription drugs. As a Medicare beneficiary, you might have some ways to ge

Medicare Eligibility: Who May Enroll in Medicare?

Who is eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B? Medicare is government health care coverage. Medicare Part A covers hospital insurance and Medicare Part B covers medical insurance. Only U.S. c

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Many Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older may experience hearing loss. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults age 20-6

How Can I Compare Prices of Different Medicare Plans?

If you’re looking for additional Medicare coverage beyond Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) you may want a Medicare plan from a private insurance company approved by Medicare. Here’s how y

New to Medicare Enrollment? Get Some Quick Tips

If you’re new to Medicare, you may not know exactly what you need to enroll in to get the coverage you want. Medicare has various “parts,” some of which you may be enrolled in automatically

What Is Medicare Tax?

Why should you care about Medicare taxes? Well, for one thing, they make Medicare possible. For another, if you've paid Medicare taxes for long enough, you might qualify for premium-free Medicare

How Medicare Helps You Compare Nursing Homes

Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. How do you know which ones are good? The Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool may shed light on the quality of nursing homes in

Can My Medicare Advantage Plan Deny My Coverage?

Medicare Advantage plans must provide members the same coverage as Original Medicare, in most cases. If your Medicare Advantage plan denies coverage to you, you may be able to file an appeal. Med

How Do You Shop for Medicare Coverage Options?

You may have heard about Medicare coverage options through Medicare itself, through ads, or through your friends and relatives. Medicare Advantage… Original Medicare… Medicare Supplement...

Why You Need a Dental Plan for Seniors

As you age, you may be at increased risk for certain dental conditions, according to the American Dental Association. Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth, dental caries (cavi

What’s the Penalty if You Don’t Sign Up for Medicare?

Some people don’t realize that there may be penalties for not signing up for Medicare when they're first eligible for Medicare. Don't worry – there are usually ways to avoid these penalties. W

What Are Medicare Part D IRMAA and Part B IRMAA?

The Affordable Care Act brought a lot of changes to the Medicare program, including a new Part D premium adjustment for people who reported higher incomes on their tax returns. The income-related

What Is Medicare Part C?

Medicare Part C is an alternative name for Medicare Advantage. Medicare Part C is another way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits from a private insurance company. According to the Nat

Who Qualifies for a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan?

If you're eligible for Medicare, you generally also qualify for prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Part D program. Who qualifies for Medicare Part D: how can you get Part D coverage Y

Who Qualifies for Medicare Advantage Plans?

Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative way for people to receive their Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical) benefits from private insurance companies approved by Medicare. A person

Medicare Advantage vs Original Medicare

Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) are two ways to get your Medicare benefits. Learn the differences between these two ways to get Medicare coverage. Original Medicare vs

Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Overseas Travel?

When it comes to Medicare coverage, everyone has different needs. Some people are more interested in wellness benefits, for example, while others look for the best coverage for prescription drugs.

What You Pay in a Medicare Advantage Plan

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) is a way to get your Medicare benefits from a private insurance company. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), your out-of-pocket

Medicare Advantage Plans vs Original Medicare

With the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 Medicare Advantage plans were officially authorized. Since then, the plans have grown in popularity, with approximately a third of all Medicare enrolle

How to Enroll in Medicare Part D to Get Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare Part D is voluntary prescription drug coverage. Put simply, how you enroll in Medicare Part D depends on how you wish to receive your Medicare health benefits. How to enroll in Medicare

Medicare Advantage Plans Coverage for the Disabled

Disability is one way to qualify for Medicare at an age younger than 65. Medicare provides a wide range of health care services for the disabled. This article will help you understand how Medicar

What Prescription Drugs Does My Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Cover?

If you’re thinking about enrolling in Medicare Part D, you probably understand that Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) generally cover only medications administe

How Does Medicare Part D Work?

Medicare Part D is how Medicare beneficiaries can get prescription drug coverage, which may not be covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). All Medicare Part D coverage is offered through

What Does Medicare Advantage Cover

If you’re new to Medicare, you may be aware that you have coverage options. You can get your Medicare benefits from Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) administered by the federal government,

Can a Medicare Advantage Plan Really Have a Zero Dollar ($0) Premium?

Yes, it's true – some Medicare Advantage plans can have premiums as low as $0. You might wonder how they can offer plans so cheaply. Here's some information that might help explain. A quick run

What You Need to Know About Zero-Premium Medicare Advantage Plans

You may have heard about zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans. A type of Medicare health plan - Medicare Advantage plans - can indeed have premiums as low as $0. There are usually other costs to

How Can I Find Doctors Who Accept My Medicare Advantage Plan?

Have you decided to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan? If there's a provider network that you're supposed to use, you might be wondering how to find a doctor who accepts your Medicare Advantag

Does My Medicare Advantage Cover Dental Services?

Dental problems are very common. If you’re like most adults in the United States, you’ve probably had a dental cavity (caries) or a more serious dental condition, such as a root canal. Accordi

Does Medicare Cover Knee Replacement Surgery Costs?

If your doctor recommends knee replacement surgery, your first question is probably, "how much does a knee replacement cost?" Knee surgery cost depends on a number of factors, including where y

What Are the Medicare Advantage Enrollment and Disenrollment Periods?

Did you know that you can't sign up just anytime for a Medicare Advantage plan? Whether you want to sign up, switch plans, or disenroll from your plan, you usually have to stick to certain Medicar

Does Medicare Cover Dermatology?

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin and skin diseases. According to the American Board of Dermatology (ABDERM), dermatologists are doctors that can treat disorders of the ski

Can I Change Medicare Supplement Plans Anytime?

So you've got a Medicare Supplement plan, and you've heard about a different one. "Can I change Medicare Supplement plans anytime?" you might be asking. The answer is "Maybe" – it depends on your si

Does Medicare Cover High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is often called "the silent killer" according to the American Heart Association (AHA) because there are usually no obvious symptoms. Many people with high blood pressure don

How Much Does Medicare Cover Health-Care Costs?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) only covers about half the total health-care costs of Medicare beneficiaries. That's according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Is Medicare covering peop

When Should You Keep the Same Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan might cover your prescription drugs with out-of-pocket costs that you can live with. But it's possible that you can find a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that

What Does Inpatient Versus Outpatient Mean for Medicare?

If you're covered under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), the inpatient definition versus outpatient definition actually determines how much you may pay out of pocket for your health care.

Does Medicare Cover High Cholesterol?

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol levels in your blood? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2011-2012, about 37% of all adults in the United States had blood choles

Does Medicare cover Cholesterol testing?

A cholesterol test can be one of the screenings your doctor arranges at a regular checkup, according to the American Heart Association. A cholesterol test can help identify problems. In some cases

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