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Medicare Advantage

Medicare open enrollment

When is Medicare Open Enrollment?

April 19, 2019 – Q: When is Medicare Open Enrollment? A: You can sign up for Medicare as soon as you become eligible, regardless of what month it is. But… Read more

best time to enroll in Medicare

When is the best time to enroll in Medicare?

April 18, 2019 – Q: When is the best time to enroll in Medicare? A: The best time to enroll is during the open enrollment window around your 65th birthday… Read more

Medicare Advantage vs Medigap open enrollment

Does all Medicare private coverage have open enrollment periods?

September 14, 2018 – Q: Does all Medicare private coverage have open enrollment periods? A: No, they don't – and it's important to know the difference… Read more

switch plans Medicare Original Advantage

Can I switch between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare?

August 26, 2018 – Q: Can I switch between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare? A: Between January 1 and February 14 each year, if you are enrolled in a… Read more

What does Medicare Advantage cost?

May 29, 2018 – Q: What does Medicare Advantage cost? A: Those who enroll in Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage, sold through private insurers) pay… Read more

A: If you enrolled only in Original Medicare, you would almost certainly notice gaps in coverage that you didn't have under your employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) plan. But here's the thing: the vast majority of Medicare enrollees don't go with the barebones coverage. In fact, only 14 percent have Original Medicare on its own, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

Is Medicare’s coverage as good as my employer-sponsored insurance?

March 17, 2018 – Q: Is the coverage provided by Medicare as good as the coverage I've always had from my employer? A: If you enrolled only in Original… Read more

how couples choose Medicare

What should couples consider when choosing Medicare plans?

March 2, 2018 – Q: What should couples consider when choosing Medicare plans? A: If both spouses are looking at their Part D coverage options, make sure to… Read more

Medigap prescription drug coverage

Do Medicare supplement plans include prescription drug coverage?

February 28, 2018 – Q: Do Medicare supplement plans include prescription drug coverage? A: No. Medigap – Medicare supplement – plans do not include… Read more

services not covered by Medicare

What kinds of health-related services are not covered by Medicare?

February 28, 2018 – With rare exceptions, Medicare Part A and Part B will not cover the following: routine care for the feet (treatment of foot injuries or… Read more

Medicare Advantage plan costs

What should I consider regarding Medicare Advantage plan costs?

February 26, 2018 – Q: What should I consider regarding Medicare Advantage plan costs? A: When considering and comparing Medicare Advantage plans you need to… Read more