Medicare

  • 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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  • Fake Medicare Calls and Other Scams Seniors Should Be Aware Of

    Protect yourself and your loved ones by learning about the most common Medicare phone scams and how to determine whether communication from “Medicare” is legitimate.

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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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  • Senior Rehab: Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Stays

    Medicare pays for senior rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility, but only for a limited time and under certain circumstances. Be aware of Medicare’s rules for rehab 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 Care?

    The Medicare hospice benefit provides comfort care for patients who are facing the end of life. Original Medicare will cover hospice services for terminally ill seniors (and their family members) if they meet eligibility requirements.

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  • What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

    Medicaid and Medicare have similar names and are often confused, but they are very different. Learn about the differences between these two programs to ensure your aging loved one gets the health care coverage they need and qualify for.

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  • Medicare Savings Programs Help Seniors Pay Their Premiums

    Beneficiaries who have limited income and resources may qualify for help paying Medicare premiums and other out-of-pocket health care costs. Learn how MSPs could save a senior hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year.

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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 Open 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 senior health insurance coverage.

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  • When POA Isn’t Enough: Authorizations Needed to Act on a Loved One’s Behalf

    Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to access personal information and make vital decisions for elderly loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what other authorizations you may need to apply for.

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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 for Seniors

    When a senior is hospitalized, it’s crucial to find out whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or registered as an outpatient under observation. This governs whether Medicare will cover their hospital bills and care in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Medicaid or Medicare: Who Pays for Nursing Home Fees?

    The high cost of a nursing home stay can overwhelm seniors and their family members very quickly. Depending on the circumstances, Medicare, Medicaid or both programs may be used to cover nursing home expenses.

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