Why is it important to speak to my doctor about Medicare?

By Jay Johnson | February 21, 2017


Dear Marci,

I just turned 65 and don’t feel like I know very much about what’s covered and what’s not covered under Medicare. How can my doctor help me get the services and care I’m entitled to receive, and how can I be sure her recommendations are in my best interests?

– Noreen (Jonesboro, AR)

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What to do if you’re wrongfully billed for Medicare costs

By Stacy Canan and Tim Engelhardt | February 3, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you’re among the 7 million Americans enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program , doctors, suppliers, and other providers aren’t allowed to bill you for Medicare costs when you receive covered medical services, equipment, and supplies. Your Medicare premiums, as well as costs like deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments, are all covered by Medicaid.

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Why are Medicare private health plan notices important?

By Jay Johnson | January 9, 2017


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


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


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


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


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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