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Medicare Annual Open Enrollment 2019: A complete guide to making the right decisions for you

On October 15th, the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), sometimes referred to as Medicare Open Enrollment, started. Medicare beneficiaries have 54 days, until December 7th, to make sure they have the best coverage for 2020. What exactly are the...

A Summary of Medicare Annual Open Enrollment for 2020 Coverage

Medicare Annual Enrollment, which takes place from October 15th through December 7th every year, is underway. Most consumers rely on advertisements, seminars, or company presentations to learn about their options. These do not usually give a full picture...

What is the Difference Between Medicare Supplements Plan F, Plan G, and Plan N?

When starting Medicare, most beneficiaries get the choice of going down two different routes. The most common route is Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) paired with a Part D prescription drug plan, and getting a Medicare Supplement. We talk about the...

Should I Enroll in Medicare if I am still working?

In a perfect world, the day you turn 65, you retire, stop your work medical coverage, and start Medicare. While this is great in theory, most people do not live this lifestyle. According to the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of people over age 55...

Know a military vet turning 65? Here’s how Medicare can work with VA health care

Credit: CNBCIf you get health care through the Veterans Health Administration and are nearing your 65th birthday, don’t overlook whether Medicare would make sense for you.While not all military veterans rely on VA health care, those who do might not...

How much will Medicare cost me yearly?

We get this questions about yearly cost a lot from clients. The cost of Medicare is hard to sum up because it is so different for every person. While some parts of Medicare everyone has, there are other parts of Medicare that individuals get to choose. Due...

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 Medicare Part A and Part B start (for most people) on the first of the month before their 65th birthday. Part A is free and Part B has a monthly cost. If you are still working at 65 and covered by group insurance, sign up for A at 65 and delay enrolling in B until you retire.

 Choose a Medicare Advantage plan (Parts C and D) if you want no or a low insurance premium, deductibles, and copayments, and don’t mind the insurance company choosing your doctors and hospitals for you. Choose a Medicare Supplement Plan G or F plus a separate Part D plan if you want low or no deductibles and no copayments, plus you want the freedom to go to any doctor or hospital that takes Medicare.

 Buy Part D after going into Medicare.gov and running a comparison of Part D plans.

 Buy your Medicare Supplement Plan G or F from an independent agent who does not have a vested interest in steering you to one company. Look at a premium comparison report before you buy.

 If you have been on a Medicare Supplement plan for a few years, you might be paying too much. Shop around.

 If you qualify for LIS (the low-income subsidy program) or Extra Help, the government will pay your Part B premium for you and reduce your Part D drug copayments.

 Prepare to pay higher-income surcharges for Medicare Parts B and D if your income is over $85,000 as a single person or $170,000 as a couple.

 Long-term care implication of Medicare: Don’t rely on Medicare to pay your long-term care bill. It doesn’t!

Useful Documents.

Want more information? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) produces “Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare” to inform the public about Medicare supplements. We made a simplified version to highlight the most important parts. Plus, read the Medicare chapters from “The Complete Cardinal Guide to Planning for and Living in Retirement” and the accompanying workbook.

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