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Are 2014 Medicare costs tax deductible?

Some Medicare costs are tax deductible; however, they must exceed a certain percentage of your adjusted gross income (AGI) and meet Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines. Tax-deductible Medicare costs may include premiums, deductibles, co-insurance, co-payments, and other qualifying out-of-pocket medical costs. In most cases, both Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance premiums qualify as medical expenses […]

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Retirement health insurance options

After you retire, you have a wide variety of health insurance options available. Your best option will depend on your needs, your budget, and your eligibility. The following are some common retiree health insurance options:* Medicare Medicaid Retiree insurance Military programs COBRA Marketplace plans This article will outline the most common health insurance options for […]

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What is long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance* is an optional form of insurance that provides extended coverage for services and support systems you may need after reaching a point when you can no longer care for yourself. Long-term care can be provided in your home, a community organization, or other facility. Long-term care is a general term that covers […]

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States with required Medigap options for under-65 beneficiaries

Medicare Supplement insurance is available nationwide to Original Medicare beneficiaries 65 years old and older. Although Medicare Supplement insurance (Medigap) is primarily for senior citizens, it also covers under-65 Medicare beneficiaries who are disabled or have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). For Medicare beneficiaries who are at least 65 years old, access to a Medigap policy […]

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Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance coverage for Alzheimer’s disease

Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance provide medical coverage for treating Alzheimer’s disease. However, you may still face large out-of-pocket costs for certain treatments or use of long-term care facilities. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million people currently have Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common form of dementia and mainly affects those 65 and […]

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Does the Health Insurance Marketplace offer Medigap plans?

The Health Insurance Marketplace does not offer Medicare Supplement insurance plans. The Marketplace also does not sell any other Medicare coverage plans, such as Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage plans) or Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans). The health insurance exchange,, was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred […]

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Do I need Medicare to buy a Medigap policy?

You need to have Original Medicare coverage (Parts A and B) to buy a Medicare Supplement insurance (Medigap) policy. If you are not enrolled in Medicare or Medigap and want this coverage, you should follow this 2-step process: Enroll in Original Medicare. Apply for Medicare Supplement insurance. How to enroll in Medicare The first step […]

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What is Medicare SELECT?

Medicare SELECT is a form of Medicare Supplement insurance that requires you to use in-network medical facilities and doctors. Unlike regular Medigap plans that provide coverage for approved services performed anywhere that accepts Medicare, Medicare SELECT plans are more restrictive. Your insurance provider pre-determines a network of hospitals, medical offices, and medical providers. You must […]

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Can I keep my doctor on Medicare?

You can keep your current doctor as long as he or she has enrolled in the Medicare program. Medical providers, suppliers, and groups must enroll in the Medicare program to be eligible for payments for Medicare-approved services. Once a provider enrolls in the Medicare program, they rarely opt-out, according to a 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation […]

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What is first-dollar Medigap coverage?

First-dollar Medigap coverage is when a Medicare Supplement insurance plan covers both the Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B deductible. With first-dollar plans, policyholders don’t have to pay these deductibles before their Medicare coverage kicks in. Medigap plans C and F are the only plans with first-dollar Medigap coverage in the states that offer […]

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