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Medicare Part B

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

There are nearly 51 million people enrolled in Medicare Part B in 2015. Higher premiums would apply to roughly seven million people in 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those who will pay higher premiums consist of four groups:

Is everyone paying higher Medicare Part B premiums in 2019?

April 18, 2019 – Q: Are all Medicare beneficiaries paying higher premiums in 2018? A: Most beneficiaries are paying higher premiums, but some are paying… Read more

Unless Congress takes action to prevent it, the Part B deductible is also expected to increase from $147 (for the past three years) to $223 in 2016 – a 52 percent increase.

Did the Medicare Part B deductible increase for 2019?

April 18, 2019 – Q: Did the Medicare Part B deductible increase again for 2018? A: No. After increasing in 2016 and again in 2017, the Part B… Read more

Medicare Part D cost

How much does Medicare Part B cost the insured?

November 10, 2018 – In 2018, most people earning no more than $85,000 ($170,000 for a married couple) pay about $130/month for Part B and the premiums is… Read more

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Are there specific steps I should take to prepare for enrollment in Medicare?

October 19, 2018 – Q: Are there specific steps I should take to prepare for enrollment in Medicare? A: The process is fairly straight-forward, and in many… Read more

best time to enroll in Medigap

Is there a best time to enroll in a Medicare supplement plan?

August 28, 2018 – Q: Is there a best time to enroll in a Medicare supplement plan? A: Yes. The best time to enroll is during your Medigap open enrollment… Read more

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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

Medicare Alzheimers

What benefits does Medicare provide for Alzheimer’s patients?

April 10, 2018 – As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the care requirements for patients – and the Medicare benefits covering their care – change with… Read more

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What are Medigap plans and how do they work?

March 28, 2018 – Q: What are Medigap plans and how do they work? A: Medigap plans are Medicare supplement insurance plans, and are sold by private insurance… Read more