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Medicare Coverage & Costs, Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

5 Savvy-Shopper Tips to Help You Get the Most from Medicare

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons at the local grocery store? Make it a point to confirm you get all possible discounts when booking hotel reservations? Love getting the senior discount at the movie theater?

Retired women practicing yoga in grassy field
Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Living with Chronic Heart Failure

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Hearing a doctor say “you have heart failure” can be frightening. The words sound so final. But heart failure doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working.

Retired Asian Male Poses with Car in Garage
Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Social Security Gave You a Raise, But You May Not See It

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Raises have been scant or nonexistent in recent years for people taking social security. That’s why many were glad to hear about the 2 percent social security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018. But some people on Medicare may be surprised. Here’s why.

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Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Supplement Insurance: The Basics

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t cover everything. Some people choose to buy Medicare supplement insurance (also called Medigap) to help pay some of the expenses that Medicare doesn’t pay.

senior couple discussing at home with agent
Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Got New Coverage for the New Year?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

If you made changes to your Medicare plan during Medicare Open Enrollment, you may be wondering what’s next. About 10 days after you enroll, you may get a phone call or letter from your Medicare insurance company. This is to make sure you understand your new plan. It is also a chance for you to give any information missing from your application.

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Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

2 Ways You Could Save on Blood Sugar Test Strips

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Blood sugar testing is a way to keep track of how well diabetes is being managed. Test results help to show how food, physical activity and diabetes medications affect blood sugar.

senior african american man using inhaler at doctors office
Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

How to Navigate the Part D Coverage Gap

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

The Part D coverage gap – or “donut hole” – is a payment stage with Medicare prescription drug plans and a big budget concern for many people. It’s a period of time when the main cost burden for prescription drugs shifts from the plan to the plan member.

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Medicare Coverage & Costs, OEP | Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare DSNPs Serve Low-Income Seniors and People With Disabilities

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

As you’re enjoying the splendid fall season and pumpkin-spice everything, don’t forget that autumn also means open enrollment for health insurance. And if you’re eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you should know about an option that could offer a convenient, affordable approach to managing your health care.

Caregiver Information, Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Basics for Caregivers

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Taking care of a loved one on Medicare with a chronic illness, disability or frailty is not an easy job. Yet more than 90 million Americans do it every day, according to the Caregiver Action Network.

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Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Part B May Not Cover a Hearing Aid, But Part C Might

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

One question many Medicare beneficiaries ask is, “Will Medicare pay for my hearing aid?” The short answer is “No.” Original Medicare does not cover routine hearing exams, hearing aids or hearing aid fittings. Medicare Part B (medical insurance) does cover diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests to see if you need medical treatment for a recent injury or illness, such as vertigo or other balance problems.