Category Archives: Medicare

Why is signing up for Medicare overwhelming?

It seems, for those turning 65, Medicare can be overwhelming. The more you read about Medicare, the less sense it seems to make. It’s overwhelming and people just quit. We don’t have a good answer to why it’s so difficult … Continue reading

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Medicare Advantage appeals if your skilled nursing facility is ending

If you are receiving care from a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF), hospice, or home health agency and are told that your Medicare Advantage Plan will no longer pay for your care (meaning that you will be discharged), you have the right to a fast … Continue reading

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Seniors laid off? You need to file your “life changing event” Part B form.”

If you’re a senior recently that has just been laid off due to coronavirus, you’ll be making Medicare decisions if your losing employer-provided health insurance. Let’s take a moment to understand why your part B premiums could be so high … Continue reading

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Medicare Won’t Pay for These Six Things

Most seniors love their Medicare coverage. Even though Medicare is a bit different from most employer health plans, 9 in 10 seniors are happy with their health care options. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Medicare doesn’t … Continue reading

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New Medicare Payment Model for Telemedicine

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) planned a new Medicare payment model for telemedicine that reduces Medicare costs. HHS is hoping to direct patients to alternative options for health care such as telemedicine or urgent care. This is more cost-effective … Continue reading

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Member Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) What is it?

Although this process has been in the works for a few years. 2020 will mark the first time that Medicare beneficiaries will need to have their Member Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in place for enrolling in Medicare. For years Medicare cards … Continue reading

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Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment 2020

What is it and how does it work? Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in Medicare Advantage plans sometimes find themselves stuck in a plan that they do not like. Although the plan’s Summary of Benefits covers the specifics of how the plan … Continue reading

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How you utilize your Medicare plans for 2020

Post-Enrollment Medicare Mistakes to Avoid Here’s a few of the most common Medicare mistakes we’ve seen over the years so that you can avoid them. Failing to Pay Your Part B Premiums Many people today work well past age 65, … Continue reading

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Missed the Initial Medicare Enrollment Period? Here’s what to do.

I turned 65 over a year ago. My friend mentioned Medicare and I realized I hadn’t done anything about that. When I talked to a Medicare insurance agent yesterday, he said I missed my chance to enroll in Medicare. Is … Continue reading

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Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: What Agents Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reinstated the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) in 2019. The MA OEP gives your clients more time to make changes to their coverage. But how will this affect your marketing … Continue reading

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