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Medicare out-of-pocket costs

The Medicare program provides significant medical coverage for its millions of enrollees, but the out-of-pocket expenses that come with that coverage can be substantial. Medicare out-of-pocket costs can range from small co-payments for routine care to large expenses for uncovered treatments. Out-of-pocket service costs can be even higher for those with certain diseases or those […]

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2017 Medicare costs

Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles in 2017 increased from those in 2016, while Medicare Part A costs changed moderately, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The table below shows how Medicare out-of-pocket costs will change between 2016 and 2017. Medicare Costs 2016 2017 Part A monthly premium $411 […]

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What are Medicare Part B excess charges?

Medicare Part B excess charges are the cost difference between the Medicare-approved insurance payment amount for a medical service and the amount your health care provider typically charges for that service. A Medicare Part B excess charge will only occur if your doctor does not accept Medicare assignment. If your physician accepts Medicare assignment, he or she must […]

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Does Medicare cover sleep apnea equipment?

Medicare does cover CPAP machine therapy if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea. According to Medicare.gov, you are eligible for sleep apnea treatment options, but only if you are enrolled in Medicare Part B and have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. If you have been formally diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are likely eligible for […]

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Does Medicare cover cataract surgery?

If your doctor says that cataract surgery is medically necessary, Medicare will most likely cover the operation. However, you may be responsible for paying 20% of the Medicare-approved cost of the procedure. How Much Does Medicare Pay for Cataract Surgery? Cataract surgery is commonly performed in an outpatient setting, which is usually covered by Medicare Part […]

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What are the different parts of Medicare?

Medicare is health insurance that is available to people who are 65 years and older, as well as individuals with certain disabilities and medical conditions. There are four different parts of Medicare: A, B, C, and D. So what are the 4 parts of Medicare? The first two parts, A and B, are sometimes called […]

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10 facts about Medicare

Medicare can be overwhelming, so it is important to start with the basics as opposed to learning all about Medicare at once. Listed below are 10 Medicare facts you should know. Fact 1: Medicare is for seniors and the disabled Medicare is a federally-funded health insurance program for people age 65 or older and some […]

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International Medicare and Medigap coverage

Clothing — check. Passport — check. Medical coverage? If you are enrolled in Medicare and planning a vacation abroad, you should review what international medical services are covered under Medicare and Medigap. The federal government offers very little international Medicare health insurance coverage. If you need health care coverage outside of the United States, you may […]

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Pre-standardized Medigap plans

Pre-standardized Medigap plans are plans sold before July 1992. Before 1980, Medigap plans (also called Medicare Supplement Insurance) were regulated solely by individual states, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The report states that lack of federal oversight in the Medigap industry […]

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ACA saves Medicare beneficiaries billions in drug costs

Millions of Medicare beneficiaries have saved money on prescription drugs due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to recent data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From 2010 to 2014, the ACA’s Medicare Part D changes helped 7.9 million Medicare beneficiaries save approximately $9.9 billion on prescription drugs, according to HHS data.

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