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8 Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare

Posted by Lesley Couch on Mar 14, 2018 12:05:00 PM


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Topics: prescription drug coverage, disability, Medicare Advantage plans, LIS, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare, medicare advantage, Medicare Part A, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Part B, Special Enrollment Period, Social Security, Prescription drug plans, Medicaid, Medicare Enrollment, Employee Benefits, initial enrollment period, Employer Insurance, creditable coverage, final expenses

5 Important Things To Consider If You Were Unable to Enroll in Medicare Due to This Year's Natural Disasters

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Dec 15, 2017 12:39:24 PM

If you were impacted by this year's natural disasters, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for those who have been affected by recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared emergencies or major disasters. CMS has also announced an extension of the Annual Election Period (AEP) for individuals impacted by a FEMA declared emergency through December 31st, 2017. We'll go over who is eligible to apply and in one states, as well as important documents you should have during your Medicare enrollment process. 

 

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Topics: Annual Enrollment Period, Special Enrollment Period, Annual Election Period, Prescription drug plans, Medicare Enrollment, 2017 Medicare Changes, Special Election Period

CMS ANNOUNCEMENT: Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Extended to December 31st.

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Oct 2, 2017 12:48:36 PM

via (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid)

CMS Announces Special Enrollment Periods for Americans Impacted by Recent Hurricanes - Deadline extended to December 31st. As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available special enrollment periods for all Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange.

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Topics: Medicare, CMS, Special Enrollment Period, Medicare Enrollment, hurricane harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria

Could This Be The Replacement of the Affordable Care Act?

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jun 25, 2017 12:18:00 PM

On Thursday, Senate leadership unveiled it's version of a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here is a quick look at some of the key provisions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 and how it might affect you: (to read the bill in it's entirety click here).

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Plans, Compare Medicare Plans, Medicare Enrollment, initial enrollment period

4 Ways to Maximize Your Medicare Benefits

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jun 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Medicare provides crucial health benefits to the elderly and disabled who might otherwise be lost without the program. While all Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to the same core benefits, fits, not all plans are equal. Some plans offer additional benefits while some may have limits that affect the hows, when’s and where’s in which you receive care. Here we are going to share with you 4 ways in which you can help maximize your Medicare benefits.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Plans, Compare Medicare Plans, Medicare Enrollment, initial enrollment period

Help for Caregivers Assisting Medicare Eligibles and Beneficiaries

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If you are the caregiver to an elderly or disabled family member, you no doubt play a critical role in the life of your loved one. You may schedule appointments with doctors and specialists, manage medications, maybe even handle the finances and other countless daily tasks. As if that isn’t enough, it is possible that at some point you may also have to aid your loved one in finding the Medicare plan that best fits their needs.

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Topics: Medicare, caregivers, Medicare Enrollment, What is Medicare?

How Social Security Impacts Your Medicare Premium

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

 

There are really 5 different Medicare Part B levels of payment for people of different incomes. These range from $42 to $203.80, depending mostly upon income. However, it is not just income that might impact Part B premiums: social security could also raise premiums for some higher income beneficiaries.

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part B, Social Security, Medicare Enrollment, medicare penalties

How Does a Medicare Advantage Plan Work?

Posted by admin on Mar 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how a Medicare Advantage Plan works?  Medicare Advantage Plans are sometimes referred to as MA/ MAPD plans or Medicare Part C. These plans are approved by Medicare but are offered by private insurance companies. Here are a few things you will need to know: 

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Topics: prescription drug coverage, Medicare, Medicare Part C, medicare costs, Medicare Enrollment, What is Medicare Part C?, What are Medicare Advantage Plans?

How To Prevent Medicare Part B Penalties

Posted by admin on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Knowing when to enroll in Medicare Part B, the part of Medicare that covers surgeries, outpatient medical care, therapies, medical equipment and doctor visits, just to name a few services, is very important. Often times beneficiaries are unaware as to when to enroll leading to much confusion, and that can end up being costly. You see, if you do not get enrolled in Part B when you are first eligible, or when you lose Creditable Coverage, you may get stuck with a hefty lifetime penalty.

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Topics: medicare insurance, medicare health insurance, Medicare, health insurance, Medicare Part B, Special Enrollment Period, Penalties, Medicare Enrollment, What is Medicare?, Doctor Services, What is Medicare Part B?, initial enrollment period, General Enrollment Period

5 Special Medicare Situations You May Have Questions About

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Oct 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

When it comes to applying for Medicare, we know there are several questions that may arise when it comes to Medicare enrollment. Especially if you have special cicumstances such as disability, spousal and group coverage, TRICARE, etc. Taking these situations into consideration, we've gathered six common questions centered around unique circumtances that may apply to you when considering Medicare health plans. 

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Topics: disability, Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Social Security, Medicare Enrollment, What is Medicare?, What is Medicare Part B?, Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits, Tricare, Veterans Health Benefits, Spousal Benefits, Group Benefits, What is Medicare Part A?, initial enrollment period

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