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Medicare Advantage plans (or Medicare Part C plans) are private plans that are required to provide the same benefits as Original Medicare, though they may also provide additional benefits and Part D coverage.

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18 articles tagged "Medicare Advantage"

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Most people become eligible for Medicare when they reach their 65th birthday. But that doesn't mean you'll be automatically enrolled.

    Initial Enrollment Period Finder

    Why do I need an Initial Enrollment Period Finder? You probably already know that most people become eligible for Medicare upon reaching their 65th birthday. However, you might not be aware of the exact parameters around this first opportunity to enroll in Medicare. Turning 65 is technically the event that qualifies an individual to enroll. …

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  • A stethoscope, pill, and capsule signify different Medicare coverage options available.

    What Medicare coverage options are available?

    When it comes to Medicare coverage, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Every person’s health considerations are different, and, luckily, there are many different coverage options available to address this fact. Whether you take multiple prescription drugs daily or are as fit as a fiddle, there is a combination of plans that can work for you. …

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  • Medicare shopping bag with stacks of money.

    How much does Medicare cost?

    Trying to estimate your medical costs is a difficult and often frustrating task. On most health insurance plans, you pay a monthly premium, and then pay “full price” for care until you reach your deductible. Once that’s met, you pay a smaller fixed amount, either through copays or coinsurance, each time you access care. Once …

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