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How to Prepare For Your “Welcome to Medicare” Visit

If you are new to Medicare, you are embarking on a new phase in your healthcare journey. One of the first things you will do is schedule a “Welcome to Medicare” visit. Medicare covers this visit. When scheduling this first visit, ensure the medical provider you choose accepts Medicare. When

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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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Diagnosed With Cancer? Know Your Medicare Options

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you probably know that treatment costs are high. This is why it is important to carefully consider your options under Medicare.  Original Medicare Medicare coverage is divided into parts. Part A covers inpatient care (hospitalization). Part B covers outpatient care, such as doctor

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Traveling Outside the U.S. with Medicare: What You Need to Know

Traveling Outside the U.S. with Medicare: What You Need to Know

Medicare will not pay for healthcare outside the U.S., except under specific rare circumstances. That means in most cases, you are not covered anywhere other than the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Island, and Guam.  Under What Circumstances

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Does Medicare Cover Dental and Vision

Does Medicare Cover Dental and Vision?

Original Medicare does not cover most dental services. This includes cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures, dental plates, and other devices. Eye exams for glasses or contact lenses are also not covered by original Medicare. You pay 100% out of pocket for these services. However, some Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C)

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