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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

7 Trusted Tips to Celebrate Women (and yourself!)

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Mar 5, 2018 4:52:02 PM

March is the month dedicated to celebrating women. Women’s History Monthhas been declared a time in which we can reflect on and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world. Every woman is a trailblazer in her own right, and we feel that it is important to recognize the drive and dedication of all women and girls today.

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, health insurance, Medicare Part B, What is Medicare?, What is Medicare Part B?, Medicare B, What is Medicare Part A?, Medicare A, Employee Benefits, Employer Insurance

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Posted by Lesley Couch on Feb 23, 2018 10:51:24 AM

Last Friday Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018). This

Budget Act provides Congress until March 23rd to enact appropriation and certain other funding measures and establish a general agreement on spending that will last into 2019. This legislation contains a number of healthcare provisions that are important to people on Medicare.

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, health insurance, Medicare Part B, What is Medicare?, What is Medicare Part B?, Medicare B, What is Medicare Part A?, Medicare A, Employee Benefits, Employer Insurance

Changes to Medicare 2018-blog

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Dec 1, 2017 5:22:16 PM

Did you know with the new year comes new changes to Medicare? With the changes to Medicare for 2018 recently being announced we are going to share what this means for you.

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Topics: Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, Medicare Premiums, Medicare Part B, medicare costs, Medicare Coverage, Compare Medicare Plans, Changes to Medicare

What If Part A Isn't Free?

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 14, 2017 2:41:27 PM

 Most people do not pay a monthly premium for Part A of Medicare because they or their spouse have worked and paid into Medicare taxes for a full 40 quarters, which is equivalent to 10 taxable years.

What happens if this is not the case for you and you do not qualify for premium free Part A?

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Topics: Medicare Part A, Original Medicare, medicare savings program

Do I Need to Pack My Medicare Card when I Travel?

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jun 19, 2017 3:06:00 PM

 With Spring here and Summer on the horizon, we are entering prime travel season. Many people take advantage of these warmer months to take trips to see family and loved ones, or to visit far off places where they have never been. No matter the reason for your travel adventure, we know that you will want to be as prepared as you possibly can for whatever may arise, including injury or illness. So, when packing away all of your important travel documents, do not forget to include your Medicare card and if you have a secondary plan, it's card! 

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, travel, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Original Medicare, medicare card

Medicare & Eye care: 5 Things Beneficiaries Should Know

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jun 13, 2017 12:02:00 PM

 Vision problems can become a common issue many will deal with as they get older. As a Medicare beneficiary you may be wondering what type of vision services you’re covered for.

Original Medicare:  Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, does not cover routine eye exams for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Medicare will only pay for routine eye care in the following specific circumstances:

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, vision care, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, eye care, vision health, vision insurance, Original Medicare

Turning 65 and Still Working: What About Medicare?

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

Working past traditional retirement age used to be uncommon. The Department of Labor Statistics estimated that about 15 percent of people over 65 still worked in 2006. Today, the number of people who wait to retire until between 66 and 74 years of age is expected to top one in four. At over the age of 74, almost 10 percent of the population may be still be at work. Medicare used to be only thought of as retirement health insurance, but many who qualify may not be retired at all.

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Topics: Part B, Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, Part A, Retirement, Medicare Part B, how medicare works, Part D, Medicare Coverage, Employer Insurance, COBRA, What is COBRA?, creditable coverage, medicare eligibility, group coverage

How to Get Help with Medicare for Seniors with Low Incomes

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Medicare is a the federal health insurance program for people aged 65 and older, certain younger people plagued by a disability, and those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD is permanent kidney failure that requires dialysis or a transplant). While Medicare helps qualified people with some of their medical expenses, those enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) will still have to pay coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles for covered services. Part B also comes with a premium amount of $134 a month for the year 2017. Some essential health services and products are not covered at all. All of this could be frightening for someone on a fixed income. We are here to let you know that there are some options that may be available to Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes. Many may be eligible to receive additional help for important doctors, prescriptions and needed services.

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Topics: www.medicare.gov, SLMB, Medicare, medicare advantage, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, low-income, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, QI, Extra Help, QMB, medicare solutions, Prescription drug plans

3 Things Permanent Residents Need to Know About Medicare in the USA

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Those who are permanent residents of the United States and hold a green card may wonder if they are eligible for Medicare once they reach age 65. Those who have been issued a green card in the United States may do so because they have a job here, have had asylum granted, or have traveled here to live with a close family member. There may also be other situations that qualify a citizen from another country permanent residency in the United States and can be investigated by the Citizens and Immigration Services.

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Coverage, What is Medicare Part B?, What is Medicare Part A?, medicare qualifications, immigration

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