Category Archives: Medicare

How Medicare and Employer Coverage Coordinate


          Medicare benefits start at age 65, but many people continue working past that age, either by choice or need. It is important to understand how Medicare and employer coverage work together.   Depending on your … Continue reading

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Relief From Medicare’s Part B Late Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

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            Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll … Continue reading

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Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

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        All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect.     Signed … Continue reading

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Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan


      Medicare Advantage plans are a popular alternative to regular Medicare because the plans often offer lower out-of-pocket costs, but buyers need to make sure they know what they are paying for. A government review of Medicare Advantage … Continue reading

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When Can You Delay Taking Medicare?


      While you are eligible to apply for Medicare when you are 65, there are circumstances where you might not want to, particularly if you are working full time for a larger employer or contributing to a health … Continue reading

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Typical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017

        The nation’s more than 65 million Social Security recipients will get a 0.3 percent cost of living increase in payments in 2017. This is expected to raise the monthly payment for the typical beneficiary by $4. … Continue reading

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Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

        When people retire they often have more time to travel.  Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?   If you … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Residents Win Back Right to Sue

  In recent years, nursing homes have increasingly asked — or forced — patients and their families to sign arbitration agreements prior to admission. By signing these agreements, patients or family members give up their right to sue if they … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Medicare Agency to Comply with Settlement in “Improvement Standard” Case and Provide More Education

      Matthew Shepard, Communications Director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy shares the latest information on the “Improvement Standard” case (Jimmo v. Burwell, No. 11-cv-17 (D.Vt.)).  If you are a Medicare beneficiary, this case could help ensure that you … Continue reading

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