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The Coverage Rules for Medicare Part D Plans

If you have Original Medicare and want prescription drug coverage, you’ll want to look into a Medicare Part D plan. These federally approved private plans can cover many of the prescription drug needs you may have. We’ve discussed many of the complexities of Part D coverage, from formularies to coverage determinations to catastrophic coverage, in […]

Here’s What Medicare Costs in 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2021 costs of Medicare Parts A and B, also known as Original Medicare. Each year, this announcement is made around the time of the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) so that Medicare beneficiaries or prospective enrollees can gather a sense of what options fits their […]

How Can a Diagnosis-Related Group Determine Your Care?

Did you know that whenever you receive inpatient care at the hospital, you’re given a designation? This designation takes in several factors and can influence the care you receive during your stay. Today, we’re going to look at diagnosis-related groups, how they’re used by Medicare and hospitals, and how they can influence your care without […]

Preparing for Your Welcome to Medicare Visit

One of the most underutilized benefits you receive when you first sign up for Medicare is a Welcome to Medicare health visit. This is a one-time preventative trip to your primary care physician or health care provider that is fully covered by Medicare. The visit is only available during the first 12 months after you […]

Does Medicare Cover Pneumonia Shots & Treatments?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that often goes hand in hand with other illnesses, commonly the flu. Common symptoms include fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath, and nausea, among other signs. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and it can be life-threatening when severe enough, particularly for seniors and children. Each […]

CMS Announces Low Medicare Advantage & Part D Premiums in 2021

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their annual estimate for Medicare Part C and D plan premiums. This year’s announcement follows in the footsteps of the last few years’ press releases, touting there will be low premiums for both types of plans, offered by private insurance companies. But, just how low? […]

How Does Medicare Cover Multiple Sclerosis Treatment?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that requires a lot of effort to keep up with. Since we currently don’t have a cure, the only real option is to treat the disease’s symptoms over its course. This can be pretty expensive, with doctor’s visits, therapy, and medications, to name only a few of the regular […]

What Are Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitative Facilities?

One of the great things about rehabbing with Medicare is the large number of options you have, allowing you to get back to health in a way that fits both you and your life circumstances. While some instances, your options are chosen for you by what you’re rehabilitating from, other times, you’re able to find […]

Medicare Enrollment Periods Explained

Enrollment Periods Explained Universal Enrollment Periods Annual Enrollment Period– This is the period from October 15 to December 7 when people can switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare plus enroll in a Medicare Part D plan and apply for a Medicare supplement policy. Also, Medicare Advantage members can change to different Medicare Advantage plan. […]

Can Medicare Help Me Stop Smoking?

Smoking is an incredibly common, but unhealthy habit that can harm nearly every organ in the body. Not only can it cause lung cancer, increase your chances of breaking bones and Alzheimer’s Disease, but it can also contribute to premature aging and empty your wallet. While the best way to avoid these health risks is […]