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2022 Medicare Copays, Coinsurance, and Deductibles Explained

Healthcare can be complicated, and extra costs can hide behind words like copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. But when you know how Medicare works, you can better choose which plan is best for you. There are new Medicare costs for 2022, inlcuding a new standard Part B premium of $170.10. Here’s a primer on Medicare copays, coinsurance, and deductibles, plus the new Medicare costs for ...

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SHIPs Help You Navigate Medicare

Are you confused by the world of Medicare? Unsure which supplemental insurance plan to choose? There’s good news for you – each state has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) that offers free counseling to help you understand the process of choosing a plan. You don’t have to go it alone! What SHIPs Do For Your Medicare Experience Your SHIP can offer you ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Part B in 2022

This article is updated for 2022 Medicare costs.  Medicare Part B costs and premiums The Medicare Part B monthly premium that you pay can vary due to many factors, including incremental yearly increases, the amount of income you earn, whether you enrolled in Part B late and are paying a penalty (a 10% increase per year you enroll late), and whether or ...

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6 Frequently Asked Questions about Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is underway! This is an important period where you can enroll in or make changes to your current Medicare coverage. Here are some frequently asked questions about open enrollment. 1. When is open enrollment? Open enrollment occurs every year between October 15 and December 7. 2. When will my coverage begin? Any coverage purchased during this period begins January ...

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4 Reasons to Change Medicare Plans During Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is here! It runs from October 15 through December 7. This is the time of the year when you can enroll in, drop, or change Medicare plans. You may be tempted to change Medicare plans during open enrollment for several reasons. If you change Medicare plans, you could potentially save money and improve your coverage. Here are four reasons you might ...

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Open Enrollment Is Here: Avoid These 5 Medicare Mistakes!

The Medicare open enrollment period (October 15 through December 7) is your chance to make much-needed changes to your health insurance coverage. During the current pandemic, it’s even more important to get the health insurance that best suits you. During Medicare open enrollment (also called the annual election period), you can switch Part D plans, purchase a new Part D plan, choose ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, is Medicare coverage offered through private insurance companies that are approved and regulated by Medicare. Under Medicare Advantage, you still have all the coverage you have under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), and some plans also offer Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Rising popularity Enrollment in Medicare Advantage has grown over three times ...

Top 3 Medicare Open Enrollment Myths

Medicare Open Enrollment is quickly approaching, so we thought that it was time that we set the record straight on some Medicare myths! Medicare can be complicated, but with the right tools, you can find the best coverage for you. First, be sure to access your FREE Medicare quote today. Secondly, let’s talk about some common Medicare myths that end up costing ...

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Arthritis Symptoms, Causes, and 7 Treatments to Know About

Joint pain can occur for a myriad of reasons, but one main cause of recurring joint pain is arthritis, especially in aging populations. There are over 100 different subtypes of arthritis, but they generally fall into one of two main categories: inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Inflammatory arthritis Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the mechanisms that would normally protect your body attack ...

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Medicare and Dental Care: How to Get Coverage

Are you worried about how you’ll pay for expensive dental procedures that aren’t covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B)? The full cost of checkups, cleanings, fillings, extractions, and dentures could rest solely on you if you don’t have any sort of dental coverage. Seniors are especially susceptible to oral hygiene neglect due to issues like decreased nerve sensitivity and ...

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Fatigue: How Chronic Pain Causes It and Ways to Alleviate It

Those who experience chronic pain often experience fatigue as well. Both of these symptoms feed off of one another, making it hard to manage and improve your health. For those with diabetes, this is even more complicated because pain and fatigue both interfere with the ability to self-regulate blood sugar levels. Medicare helps cover ways to alleviate pain and energize the body. ...

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COVID Anxiety: These Tips Will Help You Feel Better Fast

Older adults everywhere are experiencing the mental whiplash of heading back into a new COVID outbreak. Just when things were returning to normal, the Delta variant arrived, and now virus transmission is higher than it's ever been. “The pandemic has led to a considerable amount of collective trauma, and the emotional ‘whiplash’ of returning to a stage of restrictions can trigger many of the ...

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Prevent Falls With These Safety Tips For Seniors

Staying safe around the house is important for everyone, but especially for seniors who may be facing health problems and limited mobility. As the American population continues to age, in-home safety will continue to be of vital importance. About 1/3 of older Americans (those 65 and up) will suffer a fall this year; the sooner the person is found, the greater the ...

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10 Health Tips that Help Older Adults Thrive

Even when you are covered by Medicare for your various healthcare needs, there's always a risk of developing serious illnesses. Prevention is key. In addition to the undergoing preventive screenings offered under Medicare Part B, there are other steps you can take to ensure a healthy life. According to Arthur Hayward, MD, a geriatrician and clinical lead physician for Kaiser Permanente, there ...

Medicare Fraud Scam Offers Free Back or Knee Braces

Have you been offered a free knee brace from Medicare? Beware of this rampant scam that’s been going on. The scammers claim to be from Medicare or a medical warehouse, and some even say they were referred by your doctor or a caregiver. They ask for your Medicare number, and callers are pushy in trying to get your personal information. Some telemarketers will ...