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Costly Confusion: Medicare’s Wellness Visit Isn’t The Same As An Annual Physical

When Beverly Dunn called her new primary care doctor’s office last November to schedule an annual checkup, she assumed her Medicare coverage would pick up most of the tab. The appointment seemed like a routine physical, and she was pleased … Continue reading

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Medicare and Employer Coverage

Medicare and Employer Coverage Medicare coordinates benefits with your employer coverage If you are 65 + (or turning 65 soon) and will have both Medicare and Employer Coverage too because you are still actively working, you have a number of … Continue reading

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Are Medicare Doctors Taking New Patients

Medicare doctors are everywhere! Perhaps you’ve been feeling fearful about Medicare and wondering: Are Medicare doctors taking new patients? Fortunately, there are over 800,000 doctors who accept Medicare. In recent years there has been a lot of hype about doctors … Continue reading

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In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms

Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News For more than a decade, the latest Apple products have been the annual must-have holiday gift for the tech-savvy. That raises the question: Is the newest Apple Watch on your list — either to give … Continue reading

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What triggers a special enrollment period for individual health in 2019?

According to HealthCare.gov, the following qualifying life events can result in special enrollment eligibility3: Loss of health coverage – This includes losing your current job-based, individual and student plans; eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP; and turning 26 and aging out … Continue reading

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Quick: What’s The Difference Between Medicare-For-All And Single-Payer?

Quick: What’s The Difference Between Medicare-For-All And Single-Payer? MODESTO, Calif. — Betsy Foster and Doug Dillon are devotees of Josh Harder. The Democratic upstart is attempting to topple Republican House incumbent Jeff Denham in this conflicted, semi-rural district that is … Continue reading

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Retiring Early + Facing a Coverage Gap? Health Insurance for Age 62 to 65

Retirement knows no official age – at least not generally speaking. In terms of benefits, however, there are some parameters: 62 is the age at which you can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits (the amount is reduced until you … Continue reading

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Medicare Donut Hole Going Away in 2019 | 

Medicare Donut Hole Going Away in 2019 Great News: Medicare Donut Hole Ending in 2019 Bye-Bye Donut Hole! Ever since Medicare Part D rolled out in 2006, beneficiaries with high drug expenses have dreaded the donut hole. While we have … Continue reading

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Medicare Part D Premiums Expected to Drop Again in 2019

For the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services anticipates that Medicare Part D premiums will decrease. CMS recently published their 2019 Average Basic Premiums Projection, which has some good news for Part D plan … Continue reading

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Your Rights and Protections Under Medicare

Knowing your rights and protections regarding Medicare is important to ensuring you’re an informed advocate for your coverage and health care. This is what you’re guaranteed through Medicare. Read More: Your Rights and Protections Under Medicare

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