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International Medicare and Medigap coverage

Clothing — check. Passport — check. Medical coverage? If you are enrolled in Medicare and planning an international vacation, you should review what medical services are covered under Medicare while abroad. Original Medicare provides limited international medical coverage. If you need coverage outside of the United States, you may want to consider a Medicare Supplement […]

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2016 Medicare costs

Medicare beneficiaries will face higher Medicare costs in 2016. Several costs, including the Part A deductible, the Part A inpatient hospital stay co-insurance, and the Part B deductible will increase in 2016, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) news release. The table below shows which Medicare out-of-pocket costs will change from […]

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Does Medicare cover cataract surgery?

Medicare covers cataract surgery, an advanced treatment option for cataracts, if your doctor says it is medically necessary. But you may be responsible for paying 20% of the Medicare-approved cost of the procedure. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). […]

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What if I cannot afford Medicare?

Medicare was developed to expand medical care and affordability for citizens who are disabled or 65 and older. Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) provides many benefits, but you may have to pay out-of-pocket costs to use those benefits. Medicare coverage comes with monthly premiums, deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and other out-of-pocket costs. There are […]

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Pre-standardized Medigap plans

Pre-standardized Medicare Supplement insurance plans are plans sold before July 1992. Before 1980, Medigap plans 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 allowed marketing […]

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What is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is a wellness program designed for older adults that is included with some Medicare health plans. Program members can access more than 13,000 fitness centers and gyms across the United States, according to the SilverSneakers website. Other benefits include fitness classes held at recreation centers, parks, and senior citizen living communities. More than 12 […]

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What are Medicare lifetime reserve days?

Medicare Part A limits coverage for inpatient hospital stays to 90 days per benefit period. However, you may be able to use a lifetime reserve day to extend your Part A coverage if you need inpatient hospital care past the 90-day limit. You have a total of 60 lifetime reserve days that you can use […]

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Does Medicare cover dialysis and kidney transplants?

Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance provide expansive coverage for dialysis and kidney transplants, two common treatments for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is a condition where your kidneys lose most of their function or stop working completely. When functioning properly, kidneys help filter the body’s blood, prevent the buildup of body waste, keep electrolytes […]

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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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