When a veteran becomes eligible for Medicare, he or she may already have other insurance such as from an employer, the Veterans Administration (VA) benefits or TRICARE. Because of this, you may ask the following:
Some people can qualify for Medicare due to disability. In this case, if you have a qualifying disability, you are eligible for Medicare even if you are not yet age 65. To find out if your disability qualifies for disability benefits or for Medicare, you’ll need to speak with Social Security directly, but in general, you become eligible the 25th month of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI).
Medicare fraud can be big business for fraudsters and a big problem for taxpayers. And emergent health crises, such as the one around COVID-19, may create environments prime for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting people.
If you’re planning to retire in 2020, there are some things to know about Medicare enrollment. Depending on which situation you best match below, you have some options to think about. Read through a quick list of things everyone should know about Medicare and then find the situation that best matches you.
In 2018, a Nationwide Retirement Institute survey found that despite nearly 86 percent of older adults being enrolled – or planning to enroll – in Medicare, a whopping 72 percent wish they had a better understanding of Medicare coverage. The study further found the following as misconceptions that people have about Medicare:
The first time most people can enroll in Medicare is during their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This 7-month period begins three months before the month in which you turn 65 and ends three months after. But, what if you miss your IEP? What happens?
Allergies happen to almost everyone it seems nowadays. Whether it’s seasonal, environmental, food or just a random occurrence, at some point, you may need allergy tests, shots or medication to help with your condition.
What Part of Medicare Covers Durable Medical Equipment?
Medicare defines durable medical equipment, or DME, as reusable medical equipment that has been deemed medically necessary. Your doctor or another health care provider determines what equipment you need per Medicare guidelines. He or she assesses your health condition, what equipment can be used in your home and what equipment you are able to use.
Sometimes life happens. Maybe you got a new job, or you’re retiring, or you wish to be closer to your family. No matter why, if you’re moving and have Medicare coverage, you may qualify for a unique Special Enrollment Period when you can make some changes.