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How will my costs be affected by inpatient or observation status?

June 24, 2020 – If you aren't actually admitted to a hospital – and are classified as "under observation" – your costs could change… Read more

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

May 20, 2020 – There are many things that Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not cover. This includes routine care of the feet, orthopedic shoes, some… Read more

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How do I know if I’m eligible for a Medicare supplement (Medigap) plan?

May 14, 2020 – You are eligible for Medicare supplement (Medigap) coverage if you are already enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. The open… Read more

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If I have retiree coverage through the FEHB, do I need to enroll in Medicare?

May 14, 2020 – If you have retiree coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, you don't have to enroll in Medicare. Here's why… Read more

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How do I replace a lost Medicare card?

May 13, 2020 – You can order a replacement Medicare card online at the Social Security website and have a card mailed to you within 30… Read more

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What free preventive services does Medicare offer?

May 12, 2020 – The Affordable Care Act legislation included several ounces of prevention for Medicare beneficiaries: free wellness exams plus a range of… Read more

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Is there help for me if I can’t afford Medicare’s premiums?

May 11, 2020 – Q: Is there help for me if I can’t afford Medicare’s premiums? A: Yes. Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) pay Medicare Part A and Medicare… Read more

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Can I switch between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare?

April 28, 2020 – Q: Can I switch between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare? A: During the annual open enrollment period (October 15 to December 7)… Read more

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How do I file a Medicare claim?

April 20, 2020 – Medicare beneficiaries occasionally have to submit their own healthcare claims instead of relying on a provider to submit them. Here's what… Read more

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What does Original Medicare cost?

February 12, 2020 – Q: What does Original Medicare cost the beneficiary? A: Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) is free for most seniors. If you or your… Read more