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Social Security vs. Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are related. Many seniors begin receiving benefits from both at approximately the same time. However, they are two different programs administered by other federal agencies, which provide different benefits to older adults. What Is Social Security? Social Security was created to promote the economic security of Americans. It is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and designed to pay continuing...

How to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Medicare charges late enrollment penalties that take some people by surprise. These penalties are designed to discourage older Americans from passing up Medicare coverage and possibly incurring high medical bills down the road. Take steps to avoid these penalties, so you do not have to pay higher Medicare premiums. What Penalties Does Medicare Impose? You end up paying more for Medicare if you enroll late...

How to Prepare For Your “Welcome to Medicare” Visit

If you are new to Medicare, you are embarking on a new phase in your healthcare journey. One of the first things you will do is schedule a “Welcome to Medicare” visit. Medicare covers this visit. When scheduling this first visit, ensure the medical provider you choose accepts Medicare. When you choose your Medicare plan, ensuring you will retain access to your usual doctor could...

Common Medicare Questions to Ask

When you become eligible for Medicare, several questions arise. What questions should you ask? And who should you ask? Trying to get answers can be a little more complex than you expect! Most people find it much easier to work with a local agent who can answer your questions clearly, and guide to help you choose the best plan for you. What Medicare Plan is...

Common Medicare Insurance Pitfalls to Avoid

You are eligible for Medicare and have probably been looking forward to the lower cost of health insurance. If you are nearing age 65, you need to be aware of the common pitfalls that many eligible people have experienced: You did not sign up during your initial enrollment period. You have a seven-month period to sign up for Medicare, running from three months before your...

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