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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement will be a key component in your overall quality of life. A pivotal first step in this process is finding health insurance that works for you, including Medicare coverage. We know that getting started can be ...overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this new territory alone. Let Renew be your guide as you compare your options, estimate your costs, and ultimately select a plan that works for you and your loved ones.

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement will be a key component in your overall quality of life. A pivotal first step in this process is finding health insurance that works for you, including Medicare coverage. We know that getting started can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this new territory alone. Let Renew be your guide as you compare your options, estimate your costs, and ultimately select a plan that works for you and your loved ones.

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  • Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, must be carefully coordinated with your enrollment in Medicare.

    What are health savings accounts?

    Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, are medical savings accounts that are available to people enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). HSAs are considered tax advantaged because deposits made to these accounts are exempt from federal income tax. The funds in HSAs will also grow, tax-free, “rolling over” to accumulate year to year.  Perhaps the most …

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  • It's important to think long-term when researching your health insurance options.

    What is long-term care insurance?

    The phrase “long-term care” encompasses a variety of services intended to improve the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or debilitating injuries. Providers of long-term care help their patients maintain a certain level of independence by assisting them in accomplishing daily activities, like bathing, eating, or dressing, over short or long periods …

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  • A stopwatch to illustrate the importance of staying fit in retirement.

    Staying fit in retirement

    One of the greatest retirement gifts you can give yourself is an early commitment to your health and fitness. Beyond the obvious benefits of feeling and looking your best, staying fit in retirement can help you live longer, save money, and make the most of every moment in your this new phase of life. The …

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  • A Medicare Supplement application sometimes requires medical underwriting.

    What is medical underwriting?

    If you’ve been shopping around for Medicare Supplement, life insurance, or long term care insurance, you may have come across warnings that you may be required to undergo medical underwriting prior to being approved for coverage. Most people, however, are unaware of what medical underwriting actually entails. The term is not exactly self-explanatory, so the …

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  • Circle of linked arms illustrates one's ability to coordinate employer-provided and Medicare benefits.

    Coordinating employer-provided and Medicare benefits

    Turning 65 doesn’t necessarily mean that Medicare is your only option for health coverage moving forward. In fact, health insurance can come from multiple sources. This includes COBRA, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, TRICARE, and perhaps most commonly, employer-provided health plans. If you will still be working after turning 65, you’ll have the opportunity …

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  • Everyone's personal Medicare timeline looks a little different depending on your individual health care situation and strategy.

    Creating your personal Medicare timeline

    If you’re approaching your 65th birthday, you’d be wise to start preparing—at least mentally—to enroll for Medicare. Unless you’re already receiving social security benefits when you turn 65, it’s not likely that you’ll be signed up automatically. There are several strict deadlines within the Medicare program, and you could face lifelong penalties if you miss …

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  • An airplane taking a Medicare Supplement enrollee abroad.

    Will my healthcare coverage follow me abroad?

    For many people, having the freedom and time to travel is one of the most exciting aspects of retirement. You may have been daydreaming about visiting Italy, Ireland, Indonesia, or Idaho  for years. It is less likely, however, that you’ve thought much about whether your healthcare coverage will follow you abroad. While will typically pay …

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  • Yoga mat on the Renew purple background.

    Retiring before 65

    As far as retirement is concerned, people’s expectations are not always in line with reality. While the average expected age of retirement is 66, the actual average retirement age is 62. Somewhat surprisingly, that’s the highest it’s ever been. This means many people decide to retire before they’ve reached eligibility for one or more government …

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  • Senior man comparing health options online at Renew.

    Is Medicare my only health care option after 65?

    While Medicare is not your only health care option after 65, it is definitely the most common. Many Americans qualify for premium-free Part A coverage due to their work history. This makes Medicare the most affordable option in many cases. For these reasons, most people over the age of 65 choose Medicare for their health …

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  • Envelope with Medicare payment tucked inside.

    Ways to pay for Medicare

    So you’ve chosen a Medicare plan and are ready to submit an application. Whether it’s a Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, or Part D Prescription Drug Plan plan, you know about how much your monthly premium will be. But how will you pay for Medicare? There are a few different ways you can pay your Medicare …

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  • Magnifying glass illustrates the necessity to carefully compare Medicare Supplement plans.

    Choosing the right Medigap policy

    One of the most important decisions you’ll make in retirement is the type of Medicare plan you choose.  And if you’re considering purchasing supplemental coverage, choosing the right Medigap policy is the next big step. There are 11 different types of Medicare Supplement plans. Your options, however, may be limited depending on where you live. …

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  • Illustrations of common health care imagery, like bandages and stethoscopes.

    Master Medicare in under 4 minutes

    Master the basics of Medicare Whether you’re just starting to dive into what Medicare is all about, 
or you’ve done enough research to thoroughly confuse yourself, you’ve come to the right place. In just 4 minutes, we’ll help you get a grasp on the basics. Here’s an overview of what we’ll cover in the video: …

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  • Illustrations of imagery related to common experiences in retirement.

    Quick-Start Guide to Retirement

    Not sure where to start with retirement? We’ve outlined the five essential questions you should be asking yourself in preparation for the next phase of your life. This journey should be about relaxation and fun – not stress – so sit back, and let Renew be your guide to retirement! Renew has defined three major …

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  • Renew's Medicare Coverage Wizard can help you choose an additional Medicare coverage option that will best address your unique health needs.

    Medicare Coverage Wizard

    Should I purchase additional Medicare coverage? While Original Medicare will cover a lot of your most basic health needs, it doesn’t cover everything. In fact, many of the most common health benefits seniors need–like hearing, dental, prescription drugs, and vision coverage–are not covered by Medicare Parts A & B. To fill in these common “coverage …

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  • Outstretched hand with coins falling into it, signifying financial assistance in paying for Medicare.

    What if I need help paying for Medicare?

    Access to Medicare is an essential benefit for older individuals. While it is provided by the government, it does cost money. Most people are entitled to premium-free Part A due to their work history, but Medicare Part B and Part D both carry monthly premiums.  Fortunately, there are several programs designed to help qualifying individuals …

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  • Computer monitor comparing various Medicare plans available online at Renew.

    Changing Medicare plans

    If you’re unhappy with your current Medicare plan or are just interested to see if there’s a better or more affordable plan that would work for you, all enrollees do have one opportunity each year to change plans. It’s called the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and in 2018, that period will take place between Oct. …

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