Open Enrollment Alert from PBS: If You Rely Too Much on Medicare’s New Prescription Plan Finder, You Could End Up Paying More

As the Medicare open enrollment season winds down – it ends officially on December 7th – we wanted to revisit a topic we wrote about here on the AgingOptions blog just a few weeks ago. A big part of open enrollment involves shopping for Part D prescription drug plans, a process which can be confusing…

Open Enrollment Update: Medicare-Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 (for coverage beginning in January 2020) is winding down. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you?…

Open Enrollment: It’s Open Season for Medicare Scam Artists, so Beware – They’re After Your Data and Your Money

By now you would have to be living on another planet not to know that Medicare open enrollment is winding down. This year’s open enrollment ends on December 7th, so the clock is ticking for you to enroll in Medicare, Medigap or Medicare Advantage plans, or to review the coverage you already have. Unfortunately, according…

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Open Enrollment: Several Bills Now Before Congress Would Boost Medicare Benefits, Reduce Drug Costs, According to CNBC

With four weeks (more or less) to go in the open enrollment season, many Medicare beneficiaries are shopping for plans for the first time. One of the biggest surprises for those who haven’t done their homework is the discovery that basic Medicare doesn’t cover dental, vision or hearing services: these important benefits require additional policies…

Open Enrollment Report: If You Ignore Your Drug Coverage, You Could Face Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs in 2020

We’re approximately at the halfway point for Medicare’s open enrollment period for this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, most of us have until December 7th to make changes in our Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Medigap policies. Today on the AgingOptions blog, we want to take a look at an often-overlooked component of…

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Open Enrollment Report: is a Medigap Policy Your Best Choice for Medical Coverage in Retirement?

Open enrollment for 2019 continues for several more weeks, until December 7th, and if you’re like many you may have been putting off making some important decisions concerning your health coverage. Last week, in order to help our radio listeners and readers be better informed, we presented this AgingOptions blog article describing the advantages (and…

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Hospitals Start Planning for Discharge of Medicare Patients from the Time They’re Admitted – so Families Need to Plan, Too!

It’s an all too common scenario: an elderly loved one on Medicare is hospitalized, and the family expects the stay to last a certain length of time. Then suddenly, with little or no warning – and often days earlier than anticipated – the hospital tells the surprised family that the discharge date has been moved…

What are the “Advantages” in Medicare Advantage? Open Enrollment Means It’s Time to Decide if MA is Right for You

Those who work with Medicare and related issues on a daily basis, like the staff at AgingOptions, tend to assume everyone has a solid, basic understanding of our nation’s complex health care system for retirees. But then open enrollment comes around – the period between October 15th and December 7th when beneficiaries can make penalty-free…

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins, and Some Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Are Actually Offering Lower Premiums

Medicare open enrollment begins this coming week, on October 15th. It’s your annual opportunity to reexamine your plan and see what’s changed – and decide if there’s a better way to meet your health care needs. During this important “open season” which continues through December 7th, we’ll do our best here on the AgingOptions blog…

Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Opportunities and Challenges, and Preparation is Essential, says Forbes

As we’ve been reminding you in our blog and on the radio, Medicare open enrollment is arriving very soon, along with autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. The official opening date is October 15th, but the window that allows you to change or upgrade your coverage without penalty only stays open for a fairly brief…