Medicare Basics

  • Medicare’s Open Enrollment Starts Oct 15th ~ Check Your Coverage Options & Your Mail

    By on October 4, 2018

    Medicare’s annual fall Open Enrollment is almost here! Running from October 15 – December 7, this is an important time to review your coverage and make any necessary changes for your coverage going forward as of January 1, 2019. During the open enrollment, you can join or switch Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and Part...

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  • Time-Limited Equitable Relief for Part B Penalties Extended 1 More Year

    By on October 1, 2018

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended their time-limited equitable relief from Medicare Part B penalties for one more year. It is now set to expire September 30, 2019. Eligible beneficiaries include people who are in Marketplace plans and missed signing up for Medicare Part B during their Special Enrollment Period following...

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  • Medicare Cost Plans Ending by 2019 ~ Make Sure Members Know Their Rights

    By on September 10, 2018

    While many people haven’t heard of Medicare Cost plans, those who have often see them as the “best of both worlds”. Cost plans are basically an HMO with the option to opt out of the plan’s limited network of providers and see any doctor using Original fee-for-service Medicare. They are like an HMO with...

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  • Changes in Medicare Summary Notices Will Help Prevent Improper Billing

    By on August 21, 2018

    Providers, suppliers and pharmacies serving Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program are not allowed to bill these beneficiaries for Medicare Part A or B deductibles, coinsurance or copays. Yet, repeatedly we and other advocates hear of QMB beneficiaries being improperly billed for these Medicare costs. To help provide...

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  • Ask Congress to Support Medically Necessary Oral Health Care

    By on August 16, 2018

    We need your help getting Members of Congress to sign on to letters asking CMS to provide Medicare coverage for medically necessary dental care, as authorized by law. Right now there is an opportunity to encourage your delegation to sign on to these letters. Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your Senators...

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  • Administration Imposes Deep Cuts to Grants Helping Americans Buy ACA Plans…Again

    By on July 30, 2018

    Earlier this month the Trump Administration took more actions towards sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and people’s access to quality health care suitable for their needs. The Administration is eliminating almost all the funding for “navigators”, the grass roots groups that help Americans “navigate” the health insurance marketplace to buy coverage, and, at...

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  • Medicare’s Trust Fund Is Projected to Deplete in 8 Years; Social Security in 16

    By on June 18, 2018

    The Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees released their financial reviews of the programs earlier this month and the news is not good. Medicare’s Trust Fund has sufficient funds to pay out full beneficiary benefits for its Hospital Insurance (Part A) for only 8 more years, until 2026. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)...

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  • New Medicare Cards, Same Old Scammers

    By on June 6, 2018

    Medicare is mailing new, more secure Medicare cards with a Medicare Number that’s unique to every person with Medicare. Medicare is getting rid of the old card because the old Medicare Number was based on a person’s Social Security Number. Scammers sometimes use Social Security Numbers to try to steal someone’s identity, open new...

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  • CMS Expands Eligibility for Time-Limited Equitable Relief from Part B Penalites

    By on June 1, 2018

    This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded those beneficiaries eligible for time-limited equitable relief from Part B penalties to people who are in Marketplace plans and missed signing up for Medicare Part B during their Special Enrollment Period following the loss of their or their spouse’s employer covered health insurance....

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  • Report Exposes Major Shortcomings in Medicare Plan Finder

    By on May 16, 2018

    Medicare beneficiaries and those becoming newly eligible for Medicare are repeatedly told to turn to the federal government’s Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) for unbiased, accurate information on Medicare coverage options. They are advised to go to this comparison tool to find their best coverage choices regarding Medicare fee-for-service, Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and...

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