CMS Announces Huge Increases to Medicare Premiums for 2022

The federal government has finally announced Medicare premiums for 2022, allowing beneficiaries a little over 3 weeks of budgeting time before the end of the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). Medicare premiums are usually announced in late October or early November, but it has taken longer than normal to release the numbers this year, with…

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The Top 6 Things Medicare Beneficiaries Pay For Out-Of-Pocket & How You Can Save More Next Year

Did you know that out-of-pocket costs top the list of considerations when picking a Medicare plan? In fact, based on a report by eHealth, around 29% of Medicare beneficiaries say finding a plan with affordable out-of-pocket costs is the most important thing to them, while 27% say affordable premiums are most important, and 26% cite…

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What Happens When the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Ends?

Did you take advantage of the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), and review your plan, or even change it for next year? Great! The AEP is your opportunity to save some money and maximize your medical benefits for the new year. But what happens once the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is over? When does your…

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Do All Doctors Accept Medicare Supplement Plans?

Medicare Supplement Plans are an undeniably great way to save money on the medical expenses you incur throughout the year. Having one can help you save hundreds of dollars, especially if you have a chronic condition that requires a lot of medical attention. One important question, though, is if Medicare Supplement Plans are accepted by…

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What’s the Difference Between the Medicare AEP and the Medicare General Enrollment Period?

Did you know that there is more than one type of Medicare enrollment period? When you first enroll in Medicare, this can seem confusing: for example, there is a Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP, an annual event during which you can make changes to your Medicare plan, but there is also the Medicare General…

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The Difference Between Medicare AEP & OEP

Do you know the difference between the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP, and the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, or OEP? Unfortunately, some Medicare beneficiaries are unaware of the difference, and this lack of knowledge can often mean losing out on money and coverage. There are different time frames for these enrollment periods, as well…

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The 6 Medicare Enrollment Periods You NEED To Know

You probably mark all of the important dates in your life, such as your family’s birthdays and doctor appointments, in your calendar. But how about all of the Medicare enrollment period dates? If you’re 65 or older (or about to turn 65), these dates should be in your calendar, as well! For starters, the Medicare…

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Should You Change Your Medicare Supplement Plan Yearly?

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP, is here, so now is a great time to think about your current Medicare plan and the other options available to you. But while you’re checking out your options, you might be wondering whether you actually have to change your Medicare Supplement Plan every year. The short and…

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Medicare Options For Seniors With ALS & ESRD

Medicare offers great coverage and benefits, giving you the ability to choose a plan that meets your specific needs, no matter what those needs are. While some people might think that older adults with certain disabilities or health concerns are unable to enroll in Medicare, that is not true - but there are some things…

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Avoid These 3 Big Mistakes During Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the time to review your current Medicare plan and research what options are available to you. Doing this is the best way to get all the benefits you want for next year, while still saving as much money as possible. But, while you’re doing all this, you need…

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Important Things To Remember About Medicare During The Annual Enrollment Period

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) only comes around once a year, and it’s your opportunity to change your current Medicare plan to one that better suits your needs for the new year. You will have from October 15 until December 7 to review your current plan, check out other plans, and decide whether to…

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What Changes Can I Make During Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period?

It’s that time of year again! Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), sometimes referred to as Medicare Fall Open Enrollment, runs from October 15 through December 7, so now is the time to review your Medicare plan and decide if it’s still working for you, or if it’s time to make a change. It’s very important…

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Medicare Annual Enrollment Period FAQ

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is here, and if this is your first time experiencing it, you might have a lot of questions about what you need to do. It’s important to get answers to your questions, because you want to make sure you’re all set for next year with your Medicare plan; not…

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Are Medicare Parts A & B Enough?

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you have the ability to change your plan once a year during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The AEP is less than 2 months long, lasting from October 15 to December 7, and is the time to review your Medicare options and find ways to save money on medical…

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Don’t Get Trapped With The Wrong Medicare Supplement Plan, Use EZ

It happens more often than you think: Medicare beneficiaries looking for a Medicare Supplement Plan work with an insurance agent who only wants to make a sale, and they end up with a useless or overpriced plan. While we’re definitely not saying you shouldn’t work with an agent - there’s a lot you need to…

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Biden Aims To Lower Medicare Eligibility Age To 60

Throughout the 2020 campaign and after his election, President Biden put forward many proposals related to healthcare, including one to lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60. If this were to happen, over 23 million more Americans would be able to enroll in Medicare. Avalere Health experts estimate that 59%, or 13.4 million,…

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Preparing for Medicare Open Enrollment: Know Your Rights During Medicare Open Enrollment

Shopping for Medicare can be an exciting time; it is when you can find a plan that offers the coverage you need and saves you money. But it can also be a hectic and frustrating time, when you could get scammed or hounded by ads, calls, and mail telling you which plan to enroll into…

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Preparing For Medicare Open Enrollment: 2021 Medicare Supplement Plan Rates

Original Medicare offers great health benefits for people ages 65 and older, but there are some expenses it does not fully cover. Medicare Part B covers 80% of most medical costs, leaving beneficiaries to pay the remaining 20% out-of-pocket. These out-of-pocket costs can add up, which is why many Medicare beneficiaries buy a Medicare Supplement…

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