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Commonly referred to as “Medigap,” Medicare supplement plans are another type of coverage that can help with the costs of Original Medicare.

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14 articles tagged "Medigap"

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Illustration of the word "Medicare" in a text bubble.

    Medicare 101: Understanding the basics

    Whether you’re just diving into Medicare, or you’ve done enough research to thoroughly confuse yourself, you’re on the right website. Medicare can be very difficult to navigate as there are many important choices and complex terms to sort through. With a clear sense of the basics and your unique needs, you can make Medicare work …

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