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Asking the Right Questions: VA Benefits and Medicare by Dan Mangus

Millions served in the military during Vietnam and are now eligible for Medicare. Add this number to the countless other veterans on Medicare or aging into Medicare and you have a significant population with unique situations.

Ways to Pay for Your Medicare Part B Premium by Michele Malooley and Erin Fisher

If you are receiving Social Security: Your Part B premium will be deducted automatically from your Social Security check. The government refers to the “check” as your benefit.

If you are not receiving Social Security: You would receive a Part B premium notice from Social Security. There are three ways to pay this premium:  

Why Words Matter by John Parker, RHU, LTCP

There are many acronyms and words that may be similar but have particular meanings. For the uninitiated, it can be daunting, particularly in Medicare.  

Social Security sets eligibility rules for Medicare in cooperation with CMS so when someone decides to sign up, it’s actually Social Security, not Medicare that processes their application.

President Signs “Most Favored Nation” Executive Order

President Trump signed an executive order on September 13 instructing HHS to implement what is being referred to as the Most Favored Nation order, which would require Medicare to tie the prices it pays for prescription drugs to those paid by other countries.

Creditable Coverage by Michele Maloohey and Erin Fisher

The issue of creditable coverage is an important term to understand because the question of creditable coverage could cost a Medicare beneficiary a substantial penalty. Employees enrolled in employer-based coverage assume their coverage meets the test but this is not always the case.

The Real Reasons People Decide to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Before you dig into costs, benefits and contingency plans, step back and look at the big picture. This decision is bigger than budgets and life-expectancy tables. It's about your family and your wishes for them as well as yourself.

By DENNIS HO, FSA, CFA®, Co-Founder and CEO  | Saturday Insurance
April 6, 2020

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (January 1-March 31)

Here is what can be done:

1. change MA plan to another MA plan
2. change MAPD plan to another MAPD plan
3. change MA plan to MAPD plan
4. change MAPD plan to MA plan
3. disenroll from MA or MAPD to Original Medicare and enroll in a Part D Plan

You cannot:

Two items buried in Trump’s budget call for big changes to Medicare PUBLISHED WED, FEB 12 20203:42 PM EST


About 115 pages into President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget are two line items that Medicare beneficiaries might want to take note of.

Enrolling in Medicare and/or a Medicare Health Plan

There is often confusion on how to enroll in Medicare, the options that are available and when can a person sign up. Part of this comes from online information and articles where these options were merged.

They are two separate kinds of coverage. Let's provide clarification on the different enrollment rules for each.

Medicare Plan F today… and in 2020

Plan F is the most comprehensive true Medicare Supplement plan available. Part A and B deductibles are fully covered, as are the coinsurances after Medicare has paid, including excess charges up to 15% of approved doctor charges. Hospital costs after Medicare is exhausted are also paid up to an additional 365 days.

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