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

Summary: 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. Medicare Part A generally hel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SocialSecurity.gov/SSA.gov: 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

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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

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 wheth

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

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

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

What Is Medicare: Medicare Explained

Summary: 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, t

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 Premium and Deductible Costs for 2020

Summary: You can find the latest Medicare premiums, deductibles and other costs for 2020 for all parts of Medicare here in this article. As a Medicare beneficiary, it’s important for you to be

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

When Will My Medicare Coverage Start?

If you're planning your retirement, you may be wondering just when your Medicare coverage begins. In some cases, your Medicare coverage starts automatically. In others, you may have to sign up, or

Medicare vs. Private Health Insurance

Are you newly eligible for Medicare? You may have been covered by private insurance your whole life, so you might be wondering what to do. If you’re skeptical about the quality of Medicare vs.

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.

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 Medicare Doctors Are in My Provider Network?

"How do I find doctors near me who accept Medicare?" That's what you might be asking, especially if you're new to Medicare or changing your coverage. There's no single Medicare provider network, b

Medicare Costs That You Need to Know

Summary: Your Medicare costs depend partly on what coverage choices you've made. For Medicare Part A, many people pay no monthly premium. If you worked less than 10 years, you may pay a premium

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,

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

Getting the Most from your Medicare Insurance Coverage

Ever wonder if there’s more value or benefit you could be getting from your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement insurance plan? Medicare advisers Whitney Stidom, Director of Sales Operati

Medicare vs TRICARE: Which is Better?

TRICARE is a government-sponsored health insurance program for uniformed service members and their families, as well as members and family members of the National Guard and Reserves. Medicare

Does Smoking Increase My Medicare Premiums?

If you are a smoker, you might worry that your Medicare premiums will be higher because of your tobacco use. While that may be true with some health insurance, in general your Medicare premiums wo

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

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 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 yo

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

Summary: Some people don’t realize that there may be penalties for not signing up for Medicare when they’re first eligible for Medicare. Most people don't pay a late-enrollment penalty for Medic

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 imp

Will Medicare for All Reduce the Quality of My Medical Care?

Whether you call it “Medicare for All”, “single-payer health care”, or a strengthened Affordable Care Act, there's a lot of discussion and disagreement about health-care reform. What do

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

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...

Medicare vs Employer-Sponsored Coverage

Summary: If you're eligible for Medicare, and you also have employer-sponsored health coverage, you might be able to keep both. But since Medicare Part B comes with a monthly premium, you might wan

What is a Medicare Provider Network?

A Medicare provider network generally applies to certain Medicare Advantage plans. If you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), you typically can receive care from any Medicare provider th

Is My Provider Approved by Medicare?

Medicare spending was $705.9 billion in 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare providers are motivated to receive and maintain their Medicare certifica

Does Medicare offer Fewer Benefits than Private Insurance Companies?

When it comes to your Medicare benefits, you have two choices about how you get them: through Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Your Medicare benefits under Original Medicare and Medica

Does Medicare Pay for a Walker for Seniors?

Summary: Medicare generally covers walkers as part of “durable medical equipment.” To get full coverage, you may need a Medicare Supplement plan. A walker may be essential for you if you stru

Do Most Medical Providers Accept Medicare?

It can be stressful if you need to find a Medicare provider – that is, a provider who accepts Medicare payment. But we might have some good news for you. Here are some facts about Medicare pro

Do Medicare providers prefer Medicare Advantage or Original Medicare?

Maybe someone told you that you’ll get better care with Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage or vice versa. Have you ever wondered if Medicare providers have a preference between Medicare A

How Can I File a Complaint with Medicare?

Summary: You can file a complaint if you feel any of your rights under Medicare have been violated. A complaint is different from an appeal for a payment decision. If you're enrolled in any Medic

Can I Get a Medicare Premium Discount for Being a Nonsmoker?

Although the number of smokers in the U.S. has declined over the last 50 years, smoking still runs almost $170 billion in health-care costs each year, according to the National Institutes of Hea

Will Moving Increase My Medicare Premiums?

Summary: Some Medicare premiums are the same anywhere in the country. Premiums for other types of Medicare coverage may be different depending on: Where you move What type of Medicare cover

What Does Medicare for All Mean?

“Medicare for all” is an idea being promoted, among others, by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and California senator Kamala Harris, presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Currently

How Much Should I Budget for Medical Expenses if I have Medicare?

Summary: Medicare may cover many medical expenses, but it doesn’t cover everything. Your Medicare costs depend on the type of Medicare coverage you have. You might pay premiums, deductibles, and c

Are Medicare Premiums Tax-Deductible?

Summary: If you itemize deductions, you may be able to deduct healthcare costs such as Medicare premiums. If you're on a fixed income, every dollar counts—including money spent on health care a

How Can I Get Silver Sneakers if I have Original Medicare?

The Silver Sneakers gym membership program is a popular benefit for many Medicare beneficiaries. According to data published by Tivity Health, which operates the Silver Sneakers program, ov

Is Trump Cutting Medicare Benefits?

Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In the 54 years since, Medicare benefits and eligibility have seen many changes. Many of these changes have been to expand the

Are My Medicare Benefits the Same as My Spouse’s?

Are you trying to figure out how to get your Medicare benefits? Many people are covered under a spouse's health insurance plan while they're working. But Medicare benefits don't usually cover your

How Often Can I Switch Medicare Providers?

Are you looking for a different Medicare doctor? There could be many reasons you might want to switch Medicare providers. Maybe your doctor is retiring, or you're moving. Perhaps a friend highly

Do My Medicare Benefits Change Every Year?

Summary: Medicare benefits generally don’t change very much year to year. This means most of what is covered in 2020 was also covered in 2019, 2018, 2017, and so forth. What may change from year t

Is It Possible for My Provider to Stop Accepting Medicare Payments?

The simple answer is yes, your medical provider can stop accepting Medicare payments, called assignment. Assignment means the provider agrees to accept the Medicare-approved amount as payment-in-f

Do Medicare Providers Make House Calls?

House calls are making a reappearance in many regions of the United States, according to the Washington Post. A growing number of these house calls are from Medicare providers - like nurse practit

Do I Have Medicare Home Health Benefits?

Medicare home health benefits are covered in specific, limited situations. This might include skilled nursing care or therapy services that you receive at home. Learn how Medicare home health

I Don’t Like My Medicare Provider: What Should I Do?

There may be many reasons to change Medicare providers. For example, maybe a doctor has great qualifications but doesn’t have bedside manner you were hoping for. Or maybe you’ve moved and th

Question to Ask When I’m New to Medicare

If you're new to Medicare, congratulations! It's great that you have an opportunity for Medicare coverage, but which type of coverage is right for you? Let's run through some Medicare questions

What Medicare Providers Can I Visit?

Finding a doctor or provider you feel comfortable with is important. Your choice of Medicare provider may affect not just the treatment you receive, but your health-care costs.      Here

Why Doesn’t Medicare Reimbursement cover 100% of my Medical Bills?

Summary: Medicare reimbursement can leave you with out-of-pocket costs including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You can get a Medicare Supplement insurance plan to help cover these costs.

How Much Do Medicare Costs Vary among Medicare Providers?

Can Medicare costs be different from one Medicare provider to the next? The truth is that most Medicare costs are standardized. There is some cost variation when it comes to some types of Medicare

How Does Medicare Approve Medicare Providers?

Summary: Medicare providers are health-care providers that are approved by Medicare. In order to be approved, Medicare providers have to enroll in the Medicare program and pass a state inspection.

What is Medicare Reimbursement and Does It Cover the Full Cost of My Care?

Medicare reimbursement can mean a couple of different things. It can refer to the Medicare payments that hospitals, doctors, and other health-care providers and suppliers receive in return

Is Social Security Raising the Retirement Age?

Summary: You may have heard that the Social Security retirement age is going up. The answer is yes – it's gradually going up a little at a time. And because Social Security has ties to Medicare, i

Guide to Choosing Nursing Home When You Have Medicare Coverage

If you're facing a nursing home stay for yourself or a loved one, no doubt you want to find the highest quality facility you can. But how do you know what the best nursing homes are? Here's some

What is the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program?

Summary: Diabetes prevention can help avoid many serious health problems, and even death, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Why is diabetes prevention important? Before going into diabetes preven

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