Medicare

News, definitions, and part-by-part breakdowns of all things Medicare.

CMS Projects Lower 2023 Part D Average Costs

With the potential for historic changes to Medicare Part D and prescription drug costs next year, CMS has announced their projections for average Medicare Part D premiums.

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What are Medicare Pilot Programs?

CMS uses models and pilots to test out their newest programs for efficiency and effectiveness. These Medicare demonstrations are critical for the programs to evolve.

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What Does Creditable Coverage Mean for Medicare?

Have you ever heard the term creditable coverage and wondered what it means for Medicare? You'd be surprised how much it can influence your options.

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Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Medicare Coverage?

Millions of Americans live with pre-existing conditions, and these conditions often require health care. Can Medicare plans or coverage change if you have pre-existing conditions?

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What are Medicare I-SNPs?

Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) are Medicare Advantage plans geared toward people receiving care in a qualified health care facility. Do you qualify for these plans?

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All About Medicare Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans

There are many different types of Medicare plans out there. If you're eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, you can enroll in a Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan. Here's what that means for you.

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Does Medicare Cover Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can be incredibly useful if an injury or illness has weakened your ability to perform daily tasks. Let's review how occupational therapy can help and if it's covered by Medicare.

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Lower 2023 Medicare Part B Premium Could Be on the Way

Some changes in the health care industry resulted in expected cost savings for the Medicare program for 2022. CMS' recent announcement states they plan on passing these savings to consumers via their 2023 Part B...

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Are Medicare Part B Giveback Plans Worth It?

Medicare Advantage plans with a Medicare Part B Premium Giveback are popular options for many Medicare beneficiaries, but do they represent real value? Are there situations where you shouldn't pick them?

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Medicare Coverage for Treatment of PTSD

Without treatment, PTSD can be a part of your life for months, years, or longer. But there isn't a single type of treatment. These are the different PTSD treatment options and how Medicare can help...

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Medicare Freezes Late Enrollment Penalties for Qualifying Enrollees

Due to an issue with the modernization of the phone system for the SSA, Medicare is extending a grace period to freeze Medicare late enrollment penalties for eligible beneficiaries.

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What is a 5-Star Medicare Plan?

Did you know that Medicare plans come with a handy rating system and that the highest-rated of these plans have a Special Enrollment Period associated with them? Get ready to learn all about 5-star Medicare...

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