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Can I Switch to a Different Medigap Policy?

If you have Medigap insurance (Medicare Supplemental Insurance), you may be considering switching or canceling your policy. Under certain circumstances, you have the right to switch to another policy. If you are within the six-month open enrollment period, you can switch policies, or you could be eligible due to a

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How Medicare Supplemental Insurance Saves You Money

Medical Supplemental Insurance, which is also called “Medigap insurance,” covers the coinsurance and copay costs that are paid out-of-pocket with Original Medicare. Original Medicare covers Medicare Part A and Part B (inpatient hospital costs and outpatient medical costs). While you are now covered for the medical and hospital care you

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Can I Be Denied a Medicare Supplement Plan?

Whether you can be denied supplemental insurance for Medicare depends on when you apply for the coverage. Timing is crucial if you want to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan without penalties. The process is simple if you beat the clock. When you turn 65, age into Medicare, and sign

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Is Medigap Insurance Tax Deductible?

If you have Original Medicare along with a Medigap insurance plan, your Medigap premiums are tax-deductible. They are treated as a medical expense on Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions and subject to the same guidelines as any other medical expense in this category. As with other medical expenses, to

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How Do Medicare Advantage Plans Work?

Medicare has four different parts — Part A (hospitalization), Part B (healthcare services), Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Medicare Advantage Plans are an alternative to Original Medicare for Part A and Part B coverage. These plans are offered by private companies approved by Medicare

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5 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Ice, snow, and freezing temperatures can make life more challenging for seniors during the winter months. Slippery walkways and bone-chilling colds can lead to serious injuries and illnesses, particularly for older adults. These tips for winter can help keep seniors safe. Dress Warm to Prevent Hypothermia Hypothermia is a risk

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Mental Health Care: Is It Covered by Medicare?

Medicare covers screening for depression, once a year, at no cost. Medicare also covers various other types of mental health services. A person on Medicare may feel depressed, particularly during the pandemic, when they have been less willing or able to engage in the usual social activities or spending time

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How to Choose the Right Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare supplement plans come in various shapes and sizes – and there is no “one size fits all” plan. These plans help with the out-of-pocket costs not covered by Original Medicare such as copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. Choosing the right plan requires looking at your budget and what plan would

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Steps to Take After a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in the U.S., second only to heart disease.  If you have received a lung cancer diagnosis, you may be experiencing a range of emotions and feeling more than a little overwhelmed. You might be worried about

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Get the Facts About Hospice Care and Medicare

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice care is compassionate end-of-life care. It includes services intended to provide comfort for terminally ill individuals. Palliative care is specialized medical care, performed to relieve pain and stress, with a focus on the needs of the patient, not on the prognosis.

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