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If you’re turning 65 and still intend to have employer coverage, or if maybe you’re delaying your retirement just a few months after your birthday, one thing to keep in mind is making sure you receive an annual written notice of creditable coverage from your employer. As you may or may not know, Medicare will require you to maintain creditable prescription drug coverage or receive a Part D Late Enrollment Penalty. If you’d liked to
A Health Savings Account (HSA) lets you deposit untaxed dollars into a savings account that can be used to pay for qualified medical necessities. Employers and financial institutions offer this kind of savings account to eligible individuals. You may only contribute to an HSA at age 65 or older if you are covered by an HSA qualified health plan, you are not a tax dependent, and you are not enrolled in Medicare. You will not
Last week, the White House announced covidtests.gov, a site with the purpose of supplying free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to every U.S. household. The new site is now live and ready to take orders, as well as provide additional resources and information for those in need of testing. Here are a handful of things to know about the site, the tests, and the other resources available. First and foremost, every home in the U.S. is
Whether you’re on a limited income, or just trying to justify how much you’re paying for your Medicare Advantage plan, we all want to get the most out of our health care plan. Every plan comes with a lot of information and explanation about its benefits, and it can be overwhelming to drill down into these documents to find useful savings, discounts, and benefits.  In this article, we’re covering some of the resources and features
It’s that time of year again, and Medicare has released the Medicare Part A & B Costs for 2022. Below are the key details that may affect your premiums going forward in the new year. Part A Costs If you don’t qualify for premium-free Part A, you can buy Part A. People who buy Part A will pay a premium of either $274 or $499 each month in 2022 depending on how long they or
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is your chance to review your plan’s cost and coverage and compare it to the new plans for the coming year. “…but if my plan worked for me this last year and nothing changed with my health, should I still bother to review my plan?” You absolutely should! Even if nothing changed for you since last year, a lot can change about your plan. Each year around September you’ll receive
Around this time every year Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases the benefit parameters for Part D’s “Defined Standard Benefit” plan, as well as the parameters for the Low-Income Subsidy benefits. All Medicare Part D plans use this as a base to determine drug plan coverage for the following year. With this in mind, let’s dive into the Defined Standard Benefits and use these parameters to help you get a possible preview of

What is Medicare Part B?

When you first enroll in Medicare and at certain times of the year, you can choose from one of two main ways to get your Medicare coverage – through Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or through a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C). The second part of Original Medicare, Part B, is often referred to as “Medical Insurance.” Part B helps to cover costs related to medically necessary and preventative services from doctors

What is Medicare Part A?

When you first enroll in Medicare and at certain times of the year, you can choose from one of two main ways to get your Medicare coverage – through Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or through a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C). The first part of Original Medicare, Medicare Part A, is often referred to as “Hospital Insurance.” Part A helps to cover costs related to hospital stays, hospice care and some
You know you have to enroll in Medicare when you turn 65 in the United States. What you might not know is how much Medicare health insurance costs. There are premiums, standard coinsurance amounts and deductibles for most parts of Medicare. Read on to learn more about how much Medicare costs. Is Medicare Free? Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and older in the U.S., and for some people with certain