Signing up for Part A & Part B

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Medicare Enrollment Facts

Special enrollment period (SEP): This is for you if you delayed Medicare enrollment after 65 because you had health insurance from an employer for whom you or your spouse was still actively working. The SEP allows you to sign up for Medicare without risking late penalties at any time before this employment ends and for up to eight months afterward. (However, a small employer with fewer than 20 workers can legally require you to sign up for Medicare at age 65 as a condition for continuing to cover you under the employer health plan — in which case, Medicare becomes your primary insurance and the employer plan is secondary. But this decision is up to the employer, so you need to check it out before you turn 65.)
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Browse Any 2010 Medicare Part D Plan Formulary

- Copay / Coinsurance – These figures apply to the initial coverage phase of your plan. This is the phase after the initial deductible has been met and before you reach the Coverage Gap (Donut Hole). Plans often cover drugs in “tiers”. Tiers are specific to the list of drugs covered by the plan. Plans may have several tiers, and the copay for a drug depends on which tier the drug is in. The drug Tier is shown to the left of this column. These cost sharing figures DO NOT necessarily apply to the Coverage Gap. The plan may have a separate copay/coinsurance for the same drug while in the Coverage Gap. There are two figures shown under this “Cost Sharing” category:
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Compare Medicare Advantage Plans

Every person is different, so you’ll want to carefully research Medicare Advantage plan options in light of your specific health needs and budget. Keep in mind that plan costs, benefits, service areas, and provider networks may all change from year to year, so it’s a good idea to review your coverage every year and make sure it’s still a good fit for your situation. Taking the time to shop around and compare Medicare Advantage plan options in your area could save you money on out-of-pocket costs.
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Medicare Information, Help, and Plan Enrollment

Humana is a Medicare Advantage [HMO, PPO and PFFS] organization and a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. [Benefits, premiums and/or member cost-share] may change on January 1 of each year. The [Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network] may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.
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Medicare vs Medicare Advantage

Medicare members pay standard rates for services, regardless of where they live. While Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) is usually covered for free by the government, Part B (outpatient medical coverage) costs $104.90 per month — or more if the individual’s annual income is greater than $82,000. Benefits kick in after a deductible of $140 per year. In addition to the premium and deductible, there is coinsurance of 20%, i.e., members must pay 20% of medical costs for all services covered by Parts A and B, such as extended hospital stays. Home health care services and hospice care are covered for free. Part D, which covers prescription costs and is bought through a private insurer, varies in cost from plan to plan, but according to the federal government, the average cost in 2014 is just under $33 per month.
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Compare Medicare Plans to find the coverage you need at a cost you can afford

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What are the Medicare Premiums and Coinsurance Rates for 2010?

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Medicare Part A will pay for care in a skilled nursing facility, inpatient hospital, and a bit of home health care. For every benefit duration, Medicare will pay all the covered prices except for the Medicare Part A deductible (in 2010, it equaled to $1,100) in the first 60 days and hospital stay coinsurance amounts which last over 60 days and not more than 150 days.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Medicare 2017 costs at a glance

The standard Part B premium amount in 2017 is $134 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits pay less than this amount. This is because the Part B premium increased more than the cost-of-living increase for 2017 Social Security benefits. If you pay your Part B premium through your monthly Social Security benefit, you’ll pay less ($109 on average). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you’ll pay for Part B in 2017. You’ll pay the standard premium amount if:
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Part B Premiums in 2010: Frozen for Many, Higher for Some

About 7.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who don’t have their Part B premiums deducted from their Social Security checks are those whose premiums are paid for by their state Medicaid program. These low-income people are not affected—they still won’t pay the premiums themselves. But the states would have to pick up the tab for the higher premiums. This could affect the number of people covered by Medicaid if state governments, already strapped by falling revenue, cut back on services, consumer advocates say.
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Medicare Premiums for 2011 Frozen or Hiked for Beneficiaries, Boomers

There will be three "standard" Part B premium levels next year, a situation brought about by the freezing of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments in 2010 and 2011. Under existing law, when COLAs do not rise, standard Part B premiums must be frozen too — but only for people whose premiums are deducted from their Social Security checks. This means that in 2011 many people will pay the same premiums as they did in 2009 or 2010, but others will pay the new higher standard amount for 2011.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Medicare Supplement Plan G

It’s worth noting that Medigap Plan G covers Part B excess charges, which the majority of Medicare Supplement plans do not cover. Medigap Plan F is the only other Medicare Supplement plan that covers this benefit. Excess charges are additional expenses you may have to pay for health care beyond what Original Medicare covers; it’s the difference between what Medicare pays for a particular medical service and what your doctor or provider charges for it. Normally, the Medicare program has set up approved payment rates (known as the Medicare fee schedule) for covered medical services; this regulates what doctors and providers are allowed to charge you for Medicare-covered services.
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How to compare Medigap policies

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Understanding Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D

But as complicated as all that sounds, there’s a single key choice at the core of all your decision-making: Will you go with the Original Medicare plan, which is run by the federal government and consists of Parts A and B, or a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Part C) that is offered by a private insurer and approved by Medicare? Medicare Part A — Your Hospital Coverage When you apply to Medicare, you are automatically enrolled in the Part A plan. Part A is your hospital insurance plan. It covers nursing care and hospital stays, although not doctors’ fees. Part A also covers some home health services, skilled nursing care after a hospital stay and hospice care. You likely won’t have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, thanks in part to all the payroll taxes you paid while you were employed. You must, however, pay a yearly deductible before Medicare will cover any hospitalization costs. For 2011, the Part A deductible is $1,132.
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How to compare Medigap policies

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Medicare Supplement Plan N

The best time to enroll in Medigap Plan N is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period, which is the six-month period that automatically starts on the first day of the month that you are both 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B. During this time, you have the guaranteed-issue right to enroll in any Medigap plan available in your service area, regardless of any pre-existing conditions or disabilities you may have. Insurance companies aren’t allowed to reject you based on your medical status or charge you more if you have health problems. After your Medigap Open Enrollment Period is over, you may have more difficulty enrolling in a Medicare Supplement plan (or switching plans) if you have health problems. Insurance companies are also allowed to use medical underwriting after this period and may charge you higher premiums based on your health status. You may also be denied coverage entirely due to your health status.
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Blue Advantage (PPO) Overview

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Unlike Original Medicare, with a Blue Advantage plan, medical, hospital and prescription drug  coverage is included. Instead of relying on Medicare Parts A and B to cover hospital and medical  expenses, and a separate Part D plan for prescription drugs, everything is conveniently covered by one simple and effective plan. With affordable monthly premiums, Blue Advantage gives you the peace of mind, convenience, and value that comes from knowing that you’re covered by one comprehensive plan.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Find and compare Nursing Homes

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Part C and D Performance Data

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Medicare Star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Part D

Medicare Advantage with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD) contracts are rated on up to 44 unique quality and performance measures; MA-only contracts (without prescription drug coverage) are rated on up to 32 measures; and stand-alone PDP contracts are rated on up to 15 measures. Each year, CMS conducts a comprehensive review of the measures that make up the Star Ratings, considering the reliability of the measures, clinical recommendations, feedback received from stakeholders, and data issues. All measures transitioned from the Star Ratings are included in the display measures available on this page http://go.cms.gov/partcanddstarratings.
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Medicare plan quality and CMS Star Ratings

Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rate the quality of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans using various measures. In the end, an overall Star Rating is calculated for each Medicare plan. A summary rating of prescription drug plan quality and a separate summary rating of health plan quality are calculated where appropriate. Star Ratings are also awarded for various discrete aspects of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. New Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans naturally do not have any historical information, so they will not have any Star or quality ratings for the first year. This section explains how the overall CMS Star Ratings are calculated and provides examples of plan quality.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Signing up for Part A & Part B

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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Submit a Medicare claim online

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