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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

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 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 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, the f

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

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 The Official Site of the U.S. Social Security Administration

Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) but enrollment is handled by the Social Security Administration. This is because most people who are eligible for Medi

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 conditi

Finding a Medicare Primary Care Physician Near You

What are primary care physicians? Primary care physicians (PCPs) are doctors who provide preventive care and treat common ailments. Primary care doctors who provide general care to Medicare ben

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Medicare Premium and Deductible Costs for 2019

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, ded

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

Medicare’s Annual Costs

Since Medicare is a federal 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

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 i

Medicare: What Is

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,

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.

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

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

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.

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 Medicar

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

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...

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 pe

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