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Category: Medicare

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 you choose your Medicare plan, ensuring you will retain access to your usual doctor could...

Common Medicare Questions to Ask

When you become eligible for Medicare, several questions arise. What questions should you ask? And who should you ask? Trying to get answers can be a little more complex than you expect! Most people find it much easier to work with a local agent who can answer your questions clearly, and guide to help you choose the best plan for you. What Medicare Plan is...

Common Medicare Insurance Pitfalls to Avoid

You are eligible for Medicare and have probably been looking forward to the lower cost of health insurance. If you are nearing age 65, you need to be aware of the common pitfalls that many eligible people have experienced: You did not sign up during your initial enrollment period. You have a seven-month period to sign up for Medicare, running from three months before your...

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplemental Insurance

If you are eligible for Medicare, it is time to decide what plan to choose – which can be surprisingly difficult. To better understand the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan and Medicare Supplemental Insurance, you need to know what each plan does (and does not) offer. Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare Advantage Plans combine Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Medicare Part B (medical coverage)...

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 specific circumstance. Some of the reasons people consider switching Medigap policies include: You would like...