Medicare isn’t the most straightforward subject to master, but its important to do your research and understand your options, especially when enrolling in a plan for the first time. While enrolling in one particular plan is not a lifelong commitme...nt, and enrollees do have one opportunity to make changes to their coverage each year during the Annual Enrollment Period, the decisions you make the first time around can have lasting implications on your options in the future. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the Medicare maze alone; Renew is here to empower you with the information and personalized guidance you need to make the best Medicare decisions for your unique health needs.

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Medicare isn’t the most straightforward subject to master, but its important to do your research and understand your options, especially when enrolling in a plan for the first time. While enrolling in one particular plan is not a lifelong commitment, and enrollees do have one opportunity to make changes to their coverage each year during the Annual Enrollment Period, the decisions you make the first time around can have lasting implications on your options in the future. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the Medicare maze alone; Renew is here to empower you with the information and personalized guidance you need to make the best Medicare decisions for your unique health needs.

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  • An illustration of a tablet with tax documents displayed, illustrating tax-deductible Medicare expenses.

    Are my Medicare expenses tax-deductible?

    Tax season is upon us, and many Americans are eager to identify deductions that could potentially reduce their total tax liability. If you’re a Medicare enrollee who meets certain conditions, you may be eligible to deduct some of your expenses—including Medicare premiums—for the year. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised by just how many of …

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  • New medicare card for 2019.

    Important update: All new Medicare cards have been sent

    You may be aware that the government has been sending out new Medicare cards to all enrollees since last April. With over 60 million enrollees, sending out these new Medicare cards has been a gradual, nearly year-long process. If you are a Medicare enrollee who has yet to receive your new card, we have good …

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  • George, a Medicare agent at Renew, explains how missing a Medicare deadline could result in lifelong penalties.

    Medicare Minutes: Medicare Penalties

    Late fees?! On Medicare?! It’s true; they exist. And that’s why it is essential to be aware of the various enrollment deadlines for each part of Medicare. In this episode, our all-star Medicare agent, George, will explain each of the most common Medicare penalties, and even more importantly, how to avoid them. How to avoid …

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  • George, a Medicare agent at Renew, discusses the best times to enroll in Medicare.

    Medicare Minutes: Enrolling in Medicare

    When it comes to enrolling in Medicare for the first time, timing is important? In this episode, we discuss the best times to enroll, which can vary from individual to individual. Enrolling in Medicare at the right time for you The best time to sign up for Medicare will depend on your unique health needs …

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  • George, a Medicare agent at Renew, discusses Medicare's coordination of benefits system.

    Medicare Minutes: Should I Enroll in Medicare if I’m Still Working?

    Most people become eligible for Medicare when they turn 65. But does that mean you are required to sign up, even if you are still covered by an employer-provided health plan? In this episode of our Medicare Minutes series, we discuss the options individuals in this particular situation have. We hope this information will help …

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  • George, a Renew Medicare agent, explains the Medicare Part D donut hole.

    Medicare Minutes: What is the Donut Hole?

    If you’ve spent any time researching Medicare Part D plans, then you’ve probably come across this term. But what could a donut possibly have to do with Medicare? Our all-star Medicare agent, George, is here to clear up any confusion you have about the Medicare Part D donut hole! What is the Medicare Part D …

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  • A stack of moving boxes for a Medicare enrollee who is changing ZIP codes.

    How moving could impact your Medicare coverage

    Many people choose to move at some point in their retirement years. Whether it’s to enjoy the financial freedom the comes from , or simply to get a change of scenery, there are lots of reasons to kick off this next phase of life in a new location. If you are planning to join the ranks …

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  • Renew Medicare agent, George, explains drug costs on Medicare.

    Medicare Minutes: How much do drugs cost on Medicare?

    The rules for cost sharing are different under Medicare Part D plans. In fact, the price you’ll pay out of pocket for your drugs are likely to change throughout the year. Watch this episode of our Medicare Minutes series to get help estimating how much your drugs cost on Medicare in 2019. How much will …

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  • Medicare application and calculation tools.

    Should I purchase additional Medicare coverage?

    While Medicare Parts A & B (also known as “Original Medicare”) will cover many of the basic services and procedures you’re likely to need throughout your retirement years, it definitely doesn’t cover everything. In fact, some of the most common and most costly health costs seniors face are NOT covered by Original Medicare. This includes …

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  • George, a Renew Medicare agent, discusses common myths and misconceptions about Medicare.

    Medicare Minutes: Medicare Mistakes, Myths, and Misconceptions

    George from Renew is back with another Medicare Minutes video! In this episode, we’re going to talk about 5 of the most common Medicare mistakes, myths, and misconceptions. Keeping these potential pitfalls on your radar can help you save valuable time, energy, and money. Make sure to share this video with any loved ones who …

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  • George, a Medicare agent at Renew, explains the differences between Medicare Supplement and Advantage plans.

    Medicare Minutes: Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement

    If you’re considering purchasing additional Medicare coverage, this latest episode in our Medicare Minutes series can help you decide between two of the most common options. Join us as we take a look at Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement plans. Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement plans: How do they compare? Before you begin your search …

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  • Renew Medicare agent George explains how to change Medicare plans.

    Medicare Minutes: Can I change Medicare plans?

    Can I change Medicare plans? Many people are under the impression that once you enroll in a Medicare plan, you are locked in for life. Fortunately, that isn’t the case. All Medicare beneficiaries have one opportunity each year to make changes to their coverage. It’s called the Annual Enrollment Period, and it takes place from …

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  • Prepare for Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period with our checklist.

    Prepare for Medicare’s AEP with the Annual Enrollment Period Checklist

    Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (also known as AEP) will be upon us before we know it. This period takes place every year from October 15th until December 7th. This the one opportunity you’ll have this year to make changes to your Medicare coverage. While comparing Medicare plans may not be your idea of spring or …

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  • Warning sign indicates Medicare pitfalls that should be avoided.

    8 common Medicare pitfalls

    If you’ve spent any time at all researching Medicare, you’ve probably deduced that it is not the most straightforward subject to master. There are a lot of complex rules and important deadlines to be aware of. Further frustrating is the fact that the leading resources all seem to provide contradictory advice for navigating the Medicare …

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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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  • 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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