Medicare

  • How to Pay for In-Home Care

    Use this guide to explore all your options, such as insurance coverage, benefits and out-of-pocket sources, that can be used to pay for home care.

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  • What Happens if You Miss the Deadline for Medicare Open Enrollment?

    If you missed this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment deadline on December 7, there are still a few options available to help you make the most of your Medicare coverage.

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  • How to Spot Medical Billing Errors and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    Medical billing errors are surprisingly common, and it is up to you to be diligent about understanding your health insurance coverage and correcting inaccuracies. Know what red flags to look for and how to handle errors before you pay the bills.

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  • 7 Things to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment

    Understand the health insurance options available during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment (MOE) period to help you choose the best coverage for yourself or a loved one.

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  • Tips for Choosing the Right Medicare Advantage Plan

    Discover strategies for selecting the best Medicare Advantage plan for you during Medicare's Annual Election Period, which runs from October 15, 2015 until December 7, 2016.

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  • Are hearing aids covered by Medicare or Medicaid?

    According to the official Medicare guidebook published by the federal government, Medicare doesn't cover hearing aids and exams for fitting hearing aids.

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  • How to Spot Medical Billing Errors and Appeal Health Insurance Claims

    Reports estimate that between 75 and 80 percent of medical bills contain errors that cost patients and caregivers thousands of dollars. Learn how to prevent these billing mistakes and dispute them with health care providers and insurance companies.

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  • 10 Government Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

    Federal, state and local governments offer many programs, services and benefits for seniors and their caregivers, but few people know these resources exist or how to access them. This is your go-to guide for elderly assistance programs.

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  • A Complete Guide to Durable Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies

    Sometimes the need for aids is immediately apparent, for example, in the case of a broken hip. Other times the need appears gradually. Be alert to the potential need for an assistive device, as seniors commonly try to downplay changes in their abilities.

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  • Delaying Medicare Enrollment Could Cost You

    It can be tempting for seniors to avoid enrolling in Medicare programs that provide coverage they don’t currently want or need, but health care needs can change quickly. While it’s possible to add additional coverage later on, it can be costly.

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  • Struggling to Pay for Medications? Consider the Medicare Extra Help Program

    Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans can mitigate the growing cost of medications, but many seniors cannot afford this additional coverage. The Extra Help program assists low-income individuals in paying for their prescriptions.

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  • New Medicare Cards to Help Reduce Fraud

    For years, Medicare cards have plainly displayed beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers, leaving millions of seniors vulnerable to identity theft. Fortunately, the government has implemented system improvements to protect this sensitive information.

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  • Managing a Loved One’s Health Care: Advice for the New Year

    It is important for seniors and their caregivers to stay on top of changes in health and medical coverage. A bit of foresight can go a long way for a busy caregiver on a budget.

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  • Extra Tips For Helping a Loved One Enroll in Medicare

    Every health care situation is unique, and this can make enrolling in Medicare even more complicated. Chances are help is available, but when in doubt, ask for assistance.

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  • How the New Medicare "Doc Fix" Law Will Affect Older Americans

    Lawmakers have finally passed a "doc fix" law that will change the way doctors participating in Medicare are paid. The new legislation also contains some measures that will affect older Americans.

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  • What’s on Your Medicare Wish List?

    If you could design a new Medicare plan from the ground up, what would you include? Discover how everyday Americans would alter one of the largest federal aid programs in the country.

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  • Scammers Offer Seniors Free Services to Steal Medicare Information

    A nationwide scam targeting Medicare beneficiaries is convincing many seniors to hand over their Medicare and Social Security numbers by offering free products and services.

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  • Applying for Medicare While Working

    When applying for Medicare while working, you have decisions to make about employer coverage versus Medicare. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid costly mistakes.

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  • How to Find the Right Medicare Part D Plan

    One of the more important decisions faced by seniors during Medicare Open Enrollment is whether or not to switch their Medicare Part D plan. There are resources that caregivers and seniors can use to help decide which plan best fits their prescription drug needs.

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  • How Identity Theft Can Harm A Senior’s Health

    Identity theft can do more than drain a senior's bank account—it may also impede their ability to access important medical care, says a new government report. Well over a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries have had their identities stolen over the past two years.

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