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Medicare Part B, also known as medical insurance, takes care of medical or surgical services from doctors. This includes lab tests, preventive services (like mammograms and yearly “wellness visits”), and medical supplies (like wheelchairs and walker...s).

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20 articles tagged "Medicare Part B"

  • 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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  • A series of 3 checkmarks with increasing levels of opacity to illustrate the functionality of Renew's Medicare Checkup tool.

    Medicare Checkup

    Whenever preparing to make a major purchase, doing your research is always wise. As you compare the details of each option, it is equally important to consider how well each will meet your needs. This is especially true when the investment will have a lasting or meaningful impact on the quality of your life. Enrolling …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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