Medicare Articles

  • Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?

    Home health care services and skilled therapy are covered by Medicare, but patients must meet 4 specific criteria in order to be eligible.

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  • Senior Travel: Should You Get a Medigap Policy?

    Many seniors plan to travel after retiring, but depending on the destination and the nature of one’s Medicare coverage, you may be left paying for prescriptions, routine treatments or a medical emergency entirely out of pocket.

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  • Helping A Loved One Enroll in Medicare: Where to Start?

    Understand the enrollment options and the basics of the Medicare system to save you and your family a great deal of money on healthcare costs.

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  • Medigap Plans: When Do They Make Sense?

    A medigap plan can save you money if you'll be undergoing surgery, are at risk for health issues or plan to travel outside of the United States.

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  • How to Sign Up a Loved One for Medicare

    Individuals enroll in Medicare during a period called “Initial Enrollment” that begins three months before the month they turn 65. During this time there are many decisions that need to be made.Take the time to explore the all coverage options under this program and how they work together.

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  • What You Should Know About Medicare Part D Plans and the Notorious “Donut Hole”

    Not everyone will experience this expensive lapse in coverage but understanding how Medicare covers prescription drugs is crucial for choosing the right plan and minimizing out-of-pocket costs.

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  • How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Scams

    Familiarize yourself with the most common Medicare scams and learn how to determine whether communication from Medicare is legitimate to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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  • Learn Medicare's Benefits and Gaps to Pick the Best Plan

    Just like other health coverage, Medicare has terrific benefits, but it also has some gaps that caregivers and elderly parents should keep in mind.

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  • Does Medicare Cover Stays in Skilled Nursing Facilities?

    Medicare pays for inpatient skilled nursing care, but only for a limited time and under certain circumstances. It is crucial to be aware of the complex rules for SNF coverage to avoid costly surprises.

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  • Information to Gather Before You Call Medicare

    Having the proper authorizations in place and information on hand can help you save time and lessen frustration when contacting Medicare about coverage, claims and payments.

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  • Medicare Part B: Are You Utilizing All of Your Benefits?

    Understanding your health insurance benefits—and those of your loved one—is crucial for ensuring that you both make the most of your coverage and do everything possible to keep yourselves healthy.

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  • Does Medicare Pay for Hospice?

    Medicare may pay for hospice care, if a person has six months or less to live. Review these requirements that must be met to qualify for Medicare coverage for hospice care.

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  • What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

    Medicaid and Medicare are different programs for health care coverage. Medicare is an insurance program that provides medical care to people over 65. Medicaid is a financial assistance program for low-income people. Some people have both Medicare and Medicaid.

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  • Medicare Savings Programs Help Seniors Pay Their Premiums

    Beneficiaries with limited income and resources may qualify for one of these programs to help pay Medicare premiums and other health care costs.

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  • The 4 Parts of Medicare

    A breakdown of the different parts of Medicare including what each part covers, its cost, and who qualifies - Medicare Part A, B, C, D.

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  • 6 Steps to Prepare for the Medicare Open Enrollment Period

    The annual Medicare enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Use these tips to research plans, save time and money, and make an informed decision about health insurance coverage.

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  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating

    It is crucial to find out whether your elderly loved one has been admitted as an inpatient or on observation status to ensure that Medicare will pay for post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Medicaid versus Medicare: Who Covers Nursing Home Costs?

    While both Medicare and Medicaid may cover all or part of the costs of a nursing home stay, there are important differences to the rules. Determine which program will pay for your aging loved one's stay in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Getting Health Insurance Coverage Before Medicare Eligibility

    Finding affordable health insurance before age 65 can be tricky, but there are ways to avoid letting your coverage lapse.

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