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25 articles tagged "Medicare"

  • 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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  • 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, 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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Illustrations of imagery related to common experiences in retirement.

    Quick-Start Guide to Retirement

    Not sure where to start with retirement? We’ve outlined the five essential questions you should be asking yourself in preparation for the next phase of your life. This journey should be about relaxation and fun – not stress – so sit back, and let Renew be your guide to retirement! Renew has defined three major …

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  • Abstract illustration of an adult child and their medicare-eligible parent.

    How can I help my parents with retirement?

    It can be difficult to start a conversation with your parents about their retirement. This is especially true if you’re not used to giving them advice. While many parts of retirement planning involve intimidating financial and medical decisions, there are also many other simpler ways you can help your parents approach this new (and exciting) …

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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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