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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.

Medicare History, Part II: How Costs and Benefits Have Changed

We're back for Part II of our three-part series on Medicare history – its beginning in 1966 compared with its 2019 evolution. In this part, we are going to be examining Medicare Part B.

Medicare History, Part I: How Costs and Benefits Have Changed

I am fascinated with Medicare, especially in today’s charged political climate with health insurance. But health insurance has always been a charged debate.

Medicare News from NAHU - Responding to the Egg Whip Cuts

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed guidance regarding Medicare Advantage (MA) rates for the 2017 plan year. The guidance proposed an average rate increase of 1.35%, a slight drop from the previously proposed increase of 3.07% that was announced in December.

Medicare News from NAHU - Will Part B and Part D Premiums Increase in 2016?

We will know in November, but it is “sort of” an election year!

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Medicare News from NAHU - When a Doctor Opts Out of Medicare

Did you know that doctors are required to tell a patient up-front that they have opted out of Medicare?

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Medicare News from NAHU - Observation Status

Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay for hospital services (such as X-rays, drugs and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover the care you get in a skilled nursing facility following your hospital stay.

Medicare News from NAHU - What Human Resources Need To Know about Medicare

The human resources departments of many companies work hard to provide support and service to their employees regarding their health benefits. The one area where knowledge has been lacking is the understanding of Medicare eligibility and coverage for both active Medicare-age employees and spouses and former employees continuing on the employer’s plan or enrolling in COBRA.

Retirement Income Planning Requires Realistic Spending Assumptions

If you have read any literature on retirement planning or have received advice from a financial professional, chances are you were presented with the 70% rule, the one that suggests that retirees will need between 70 and 80% of their pre-retirement income in order to maintain their standard of living.

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