20 articles tagged "Coverage Options & Costs"

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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