Why are Medicare private health plan notices important?

By Jay Johnson | January 9, 2017

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Dear Marci,

Most months my insurance company sends me Medicare notices in the mail. I have difficulty keeping up with them, and last week I told my neighbor that I usually ignore everything. She told me I should read each notice carefully and take appropriate action. So what have I been missing?

– Walter (Kettering, OH)

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What insurances pay primary to Medicare?

By Jay Johnson | December 28, 2016

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Dear Marci,

I have Medicare Part A and Part B, but I also have another health insurance policy from my current job. How does Medicare work with my other coverage, and do I need to tell my doctor if I have more than one type of insurance?

– Cole (Lafayette, CO)

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Can I delay my Medicare enrollment?

By Jay Johnson | December 12, 2016

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Dear Marci,

I’m turning 65 soon and I’m still working. Do I need to enroll in Medicare Part B when I’m first eligible, or can I delay it?

– Riley (Albany, OR)

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Infographic: How to Spot Medicare Fraud

By Jay Johnson | November 30, 2016

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Medicare fraud is when doctors or other providers deceive Medicare into paying when it should not or paying more than it should. This is against the law and should be reported.

To report fraud you should either contact 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). When it investigates the potential fraud, Medicare will not use your name if you do not want it to.

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How do I use the Medicare Plan Finder?

By Emily Whicheloe | October 31, 2016

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Dear Marci,

My stand-alone Part D plan sent me a notice telling me that it will not cover some of my prescriptions next year. How do I use Medicare Plan Finder to look for a new plan?

– Peter (Sparks, NV)

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Infographic: Navigating Fall Open Enrollment

By Jay Johnson | October 14, 2016

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Fall Open Enrollment is the time of year from October 15 to December 7 when you can change your Medicare coverage. You can do this by joining a new Medicare Advantage Plan or by joining a new stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP). You can also switch to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone Part D plan from a Medicare Advantage Plan during this time.

This handy infographic provides some tips to help you navigate Fall Open Enrollment.

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Summer on the Medicare Rights Helpline

By Alison Hamburger | October 7, 2016

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At the Medicare Rights Center, we know that your healthcare needs don’t take a summer vacation, and neither do we. Over the summer, our national Consumer Helpline staff was hard at work answering thousands of questions for people with Medicare and their families. From Monday-Friday year-round, our dedicated staff and volunteers are available to assist with needs ranging from help with low-income benefit enrollments to submitting complex Medicare coverage appeals.

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Kidney Failure and Medicare: What you should know

By Kelli Collins, MSW | September 27, 2016

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In 1972, Medicare benefits were extended to cover the high cost of medical care for most individuals suffering from permanent kidney failure also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). People whose kidneys have failed need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. To this day, kidney failure is one of only two medical conditions that gives people the option to enroll in Medicare without a two-year waiting period, regardless of age. Because Medicare for people with ESRD was established separately and later, there are some specific rules around eligibility and coverage of Medicare for dialysis and transplant patients.

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