Do you automatically get Medicare with Social Security?

Medicare is a government national health insurance program in the United States for people 65 or older that kicked off in 1965 under the Social Security Administration. So it stands to reason that if you’ve already started receiving Social Security benefits, you might assume that Medicare benefits come automatically. Not so fast. It’s important to […]

Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams?

It’s important to maintain healthy vision. At any age. But when you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare, routine eye exams may not be automatically covered. The Medicare plan you choose determines whether or not these exams are included in your coverage. IF YOU ARE COVERED BY ORIGINAL MEDICARE (PARTS A & B) You pay […]

Can You Change Medicare Plans After Enrollment?

Good news: You enrolled in a Medicare Plan. The not-so-good news? You want to change the plan you chose. Not to worry. Although you cannot switch Medicare plans anytime you would like, there are certain opportunities throughout the year when you can update your Medicare selections. Here’s a list of enrollment periods you’ll want to […]

What documents do I need to apply for Medicare?

Getting ready to enroll in Medicare? You have a total of seven months to sign up for Medicare – three months prior to your 65th birthday, during the month of your birthday, and for three months immediately after it. But no matter when you enroll in Medicare, you must prove your age and your eligibility. […]

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Has a hearing test revealed you need hearing aids? Well, if you’re thinking Medicare will cover the cost of a pair of hearing aids, further tests or bills associated with hearing exams, listen up. Medicare Parts A & B do not cover hearing aids. You will have to pay 100 percent of the cost associated […]

Explaining the Medicare Donut Hole

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Here’s how it can take a bite out of your healthcare budget. A donut hole can be appealing. Except when it’s the Medicare Part D variety. That’s because the Medicare donut hole is when Part D’s portion of prescription costs decreases . . . and your portion increases. Medicare sets the standards for Part D […]

Here’s when you’re eligible for Medicare.

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Turning 65? Planning for retirement? Chances are, you’ve thought about how much you will save for it, how much you will be able to spend once you’re in it, and how much you’ll receive from Social Security and other sources to live on during it. But . . . Retirement planning is not complete without […]

The Medicare Alphabet: Understanding the Four Parts of Medicare

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If you’re interested in signing up for Medicare and begin to do research, you’ll likely encounter the following terms: Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D. Each of the parts of Medicare cover different services, so before you sign up, you’ll need to understand your options. When you’re eligible and ready to sign […]

When Am I Eligible for Medicare Part B?

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If you want to sign up for Medicare, it’s important to become familiar with how it works. There are a lot of moving parts, so having foundational knowledge can empower you to make an informed decision about your health choices. Today we’re covering Medicare Part B and when and how you can become eligible. Along […]

So, What’s Covered? Basics of Medicare Part A

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If you’re thinking about signing up for Medicare, navigating how it works might feel confusing. A good place to start is familiarizing yourself with the ABC’s of Medicare. Below, we’ll cover the basics of Medicare Part A. What is Medicare Part A? Medicare Part A is often referred to as hospital insurance, and together with […]