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Medicare Part D

Failing to pay your Medicare premiums puts you at risk of losing coverage, but that won't happen without warning.

What happens when you don’t pay your Medicare premiums?

June 5, 2019 – Failing to pay your Medicare premiums puts you at risk of losing coverage, but that won't happen without… Read more

What are the costs of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage?

May 6, 2019 – When you enroll in Medicare Part D (prescription drug plan) coverage, you will – depending on your plan – likely pay a monthly premium,… Read more

how Medigap works

What are Medigap plans and how do they work?

May 3, 2019 – 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

Medicare prescription drug costs changes

How will my Medicare prescription drug costs in 2019 compare with 2018?

May 3, 2019 – Q: How will my Medicare prescription drug costs change in 2019? A: Due to changes adopted in the federal Affordable Care Act, Medicare’s… Read more

Medicare coverage as good as my employer sponsored insurance?

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

May 2, 2019 – 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

Medicare Part D coverage changes

Were there changes in the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage for 2019?

May 2, 2019 – Q: Were there changes in the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage for 2019? A: Yes. The maximum deductible is higher, and the "donut… Read more

Medicare eligibility begins at age 65, and signing up on time can help you avoid premium surcharges. But if you’re working at 65, you get a bit more leeway.

Do I need to sign up for Medicare at 65 if I’m still working?

April 24, 2019 – Medicare eligibility begins at age 65, and signing up on time can help you avoid premium surcharges. But if you’re working at 65, you get… Read more

best time to enroll in Medicare

When is the best time to enroll in Medicare?

April 20, 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 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

change Medicare coverage plan

Can I still make changes to my Medicare coverage for 2019?

January 3, 2019 – For 2019 coverage, open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D ended on December 7, 2018, but for people who are on Medicare… Read more