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 […]

Find Your Diabetes Risk this Diabetes Alert Day

Did you know that in the United States alone, 37.3 million people have diabetes? This amounts to 11.3 percent of the population, and of this total, 8.5 million people are undiagnosed. This is why the American Diabetes Association celebrates American Diabetes Alert Day on the fourth Tuesday in March, which lands on March 22 this […]

Signing up for Medicare with Private Insurance

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Your 65th birthday is around the corner, and you’ve decided you want to sign up for Medicare. If you have health insurance from either your or your spouse’s job, you might be wondering how you can enroll for Medicare, and how Medicare works with employer-sponsored coverage. Here are some important things to consider if you […]

Do I Need to Enroll in Medicare if I’m Still Working?

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You might be wondering whether you need Medicare when turning 65 and still working. The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to delay enrolling in some parts of Medicare. However, delaying signing up for other parts of Medicare as soon as you become eligible can […]