15 articles tagged "Enrolling in Medicare"

  • 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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 abstract illustration conveying two spouses coordinating their social security strategies.

    How will my spouse be affected by my retirement?

    When choosing a retirement date, it’s important to consider the financial impact it’ll have on your family. Timing is incredibly important when it comes to Social Security. This is because the age at which you begin collecting has a lot of implications. The age at which you retire will not only determine how much you’ll …

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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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  • 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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  • Timer counting down to signify that missing a Medicare deadline could lead to expensive penalties.

    Penalties for delaying Medicare

    Signing up for Medicare when you turn 65 isn’t technically mandatory; however, there are significant penalties for delaying Medicare enrollment. Unless you had another form of coverage in the meantime, you could face permanent late enrollment penalties for Part B when you sign up later. It’s also important to note that, if you are over …

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  • Medicare signup sheet on a clipboard.

    How do I sign up for Medicare?

    It’s best to think of signing up for Medicare as a (long) 2-step process. First, you need to sign up for Medicare Parts A and/or B directly through the government. Timing is very important when it comes to signing up; delaying your enrollment could result in permanent late penalties. We’ve created a simple step-by-step guide …

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  • Calendar with 65th birthday highlighted to signify the start of the Medicare IEP.

    When can I sign up for Medicare?

    Find out when you can sign up for Medicare. Learn about the different enrollment periods and what happens if you delay signing up.

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  • Determine your medicare eligibility with help from Renew.

    Am I eligible for Medicare?

    If you’re nearing your 65th birthday, your mailbox is probably bursting with advertisements about signing up for Medicare. While turning 65 is generally the first requirement for Medicare eligibility, there are other factors that come into play, too. In this article, we’ll discuss several scenarios and explain what you’ll need to do once you’re ready …

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