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How much does the average Medicare beneficiary pay out of pocket for medical expenses?

June 3, 2020 – According to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) analysis of Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the average Medicare beneficiary paid… Read more

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How do I qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help?

May 20, 2020 – Lower-income Medicare beneficiaries may receive financial assistance through Medicare’s Extra Help program. If you have difficulty paying… 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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How much does Medicare Part B cost?

February 13, 2020 – In 2020, most people earning no more than $87,000 ($174,000 for a married couple) pay $144.60/month for Part B. The premium is deducted… Read more

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What should I consider regarding Medicare Advantage plan costs?

February 12, 2020 – Q: What should I consider regarding Medicare Advantage plan costs? A: When considering and comparing Medicare Advantage plans you need to… Read more

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

February 12, 2020 – When you enroll in Medicare Part D (prescription drug plan) coverage, you will – depending on your plan – likely pay a monthly premium,… Read more

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

October 7, 2019 – Failing to pay your Medicare premiums puts you at risk of losing coverage, but that won't happen without… Read more

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What are Medigap plans and how do they work?

October 4, 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

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What does Medicare Advantage cost?

September 27, 2019 – Q: What does Medicare Advantage cost? A: Those who enroll in Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage, sold through private insurers) pay… Read more