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Part C Medicare Advantage

Medicare and Veterans

This spring I received calls for help from several veterans who were paying a monthly premium to be enrolled in a MAPD, a Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Plan. These veterans are not eligible for CHAMP or TRICARE, are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and pay the Part B premium. Since these veterans […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Deductible – How Does It Work?

A client called this morning and asked this question: “Dan, I went to refill my prescription and was quoted almost double what I paid in 2018.“ Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans reset each year on January 1. What that means is the prescription drug benefit levels start over at what is called the Deductible […]

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Medicare A & B Medicare supplement

What is Medigap High F?

What is the Medigap High F Plan? This plan provides the same benefits as standard Plan F after a $2,300 (2019) deductible has been met. The standard Plan F is a Medigap policy that pays the Medicare hospital and medical Parts A and B deductible and co-insurance – the dollars not paid by Original Medicare.  Plan F […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Phase 3: Medicare Part D Donut Hole

Previously: In the first two posts in this series, Phase I: The Prescription Drug Deductible, and Phase 2: The Initial Coverage Period, I reviewed how Medicare Part D drug plan benefits reset each January 1, how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may include a deductible amount to be paid before any medications are covered […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Phase 2: Medicare Part D Initial Coverage Period

In my previous post, Phase I: The Prescription Drug Deductible, I covered how Medicare Part D drug plan benefits reset each January 1. The post also described how a plan deductible amount may apply to any or only a specified group of medications. For many, depending on whether your January refills were affected by the […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Phase 1: The Prescription Drug Deductible

It’s early January which means Medicare Prescription Drug payment phases have just reset. And I hear this question: “Dan, I just went to refill my medication and the pharmacist quoted me a co-pay almost double what I paid in December.” Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans reset each year on January 1. What that means […]

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Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug Uncategorized

Q&A: Help, I Missed the Medicare AEP Deadline!

This year’s Medicare October 15 through December 7 AEP (Annual Enrollment Period) was a busy time for me and I’m grateful for the scores of individuals and couples who permitted me to help with their 2018 Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription drug plan selection. Still, as I am fielding calls for help […]

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Case Studies Medicare supplement Part C Medicare Advantage

Medicare Portability or, Am I Covered When I’m Away From Home?

With a middle schooler at home, retirement remains a few years away for me.  Still, I am looking forward to when the schedule may be a little less hectic and there’s more free time to travel and explore. (And with cell coverage and internet access I will still be serving clients like you, perhaps with […]

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Medicare Medicare A & B Medicare supplement Uncategorized

Medicare Cards are Changing

Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards Congress in 2015 passed a law requiring Medicare to stop using Social Security numbers and come up with a way to protect seniors from identity theft. The new Medicare numbers will be a randomly generated sequence of 11 numbers and letters. Beginning April 2018, Medicare will […]

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Medicare A & B Patient Health

Questions to ask your doctor.

My thoughts on some of the six excellent questions Elizabeth Rosenthal, author of “An American Sickness,” suggests you should ask at every doctor’s appointment to make sure your medical bills are what you expect. Question #1. How much will this cost?  Your provider’s office staff will know the fee a procedure, or series of procedures are billed […]