Don’t Make the Mistake of Not Signing up for Medicare Supplemental Coverage

Don’t Make the Mistake of Not Signing up for Medicare Supplemental Coverage

You’ve just turned 65, but you feel 20 years younger. You’re at the age where people enroll in Medicare, but you’re also pretty healthy. Do you really need to sign up for Medicare’s supplemental coverage? You might not realize it, but not signing up can have a negative effect on your financial health regardless of […]

New Medicare Cards Are Coming. That Means New Medicare Scams

New Medicare Cards Are Coming That Means New Medicare Scams

Last month, the U.S. government began issuing new Medicare cards to every Medicare recipient in the country. The roll-out is happening in phases, going state-by-state, with all new cards expected to be distributed by April of 2019. Residents in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland are among the first getting the new cards.

Medicare Launches Hospice Compare Website

Medicare Launches Hospice Compare Website

Medicare launched its new Hospice Compare website last year in an effort to help patients find and evaluate hospice providers. The only problem, medical experts say, is that the site may not be all that helpful. Medicare covers any reasonable care that helps ease the course of a terminal illness through its comprehensive hospice benefit. […]

Time is Running Out: Review Your Medicare Options

Time is Running Out Review Your Medicare Options

There is Medicare’s open enrollment period, in which you can enroll or even switch plans if you need to. During this period you may enroll in a Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan or, if you currently have a plan, you may change plans.

Avoid This New Medicare ‘Trap’

When Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor’s office called with bad news: records showed that even though Judy had signed up for original Medicare, she was nevertheless enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Original Medicare would not pay for the surgery because she now had an Advantage plan, […]

Has Medicare Dropped Coverage of Your Drugs?

Your Medicare prescription drug plans can change and directly impact the drugs covered under the plan. This could leave you without coverage for a drug you need and leave you with the full cost. If you switched plans, you might find that your new plan doesn’t cover your medication. In these circumstances, it’s good to […]

Congress Limits Insurance For Medicare Deductibles

Medicare beneficiaries often buy “Medigap” insurance policies that pay for many of regular Medicare’s deductibles and copayments. But as a result of a new law passed by Congress, starting in 2020 Medigap plans will no longer be allowed to offer coverage of the Medicare Part B deductible, which is currently $147. However, current Medigap policyholders […]

A Quick Look at Medicare, Medicaid, and Nursing Homes

Many people are surprised to discover that Medicare actually provides very limited coverage for nursing homes. In theory, Medicare Part A covers up to 100 days of care in a skilled nursing facility for each spell of illness. However, this is true only if the nursing-home care follows at least a three-day admission to a […]