Medicare vs Medicaid

Medicare vs Medicaid

Medicare? Medicaid? We hear about these programs all the time thinking they go hand in hand. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, so let’s take a look and see how they work separately or together. In basic terms, Medicare and Medicaid are two separate...
What You Should Know about Medicare Disability

What You Should Know about Medicare Disability

The word “disability” is one we often hear these days. What exactly is a disability and what does it have to do with Medicare? A “disability” is defined as “a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities” and “a...
Disenrollment Reminder: Are you Locked In?

Disenrollment Reminder: Are you Locked In?

A couple of months ago we talked about the OEP, or Open Enrollment Period, which is from January 1 to March 31 of this year. Remember this what we call the “disenrollment period”, and it means this is the time you can get out of or change your Medicare Advantage Plan....
Special Enrollment

Special Enrollment

Last month we reviewed what OEP means (Open Enrollment Period), or commonly called the “disenrollment period.” We mentioned special circumstances that would create or trigger a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), and as promised, that’s our topic for this month. To help...
Open Enrollment Period Or as We Like to Call It: Disenrollment Period

Open Enrollment Period Or as We Like to Call It: Disenrollment Period

Once again, Happy New Year everyone! We’ve enjoyed sharing information with you through our posts and blogs and we hope they have helped you navigate the Medicare Maze.  There are so many acronyms, abbreviations, terms and dates you need to know, it is impossible...
Turning 65 in the Next Year?

Turning 65 in the Next Year?

Where did the time go? Seems like you were just getting out of high school, and now your friends are talking up the 50th reunion in a few years. Geez!  So here you are,  on the cusp of the BIG 6 – 5!! And maybe even retirement. Congratulations! One thing...
Medicare and 2020

Medicare and 2020

The One Thing that is a certainty in life is death and taxes. And of course, the fact that everything costs more, right?  Social Security gives you a raise and Medicare take’s it back. Look, I know you’ve been bombarded with information about changes, and with...
Marriage and Medicare — Decisions for Retiring Couples

Marriage and Medicare — Decisions for Retiring Couples

Probably the last thing a young couple is thinking about as they stand at the alter is Medicare. Hopefully they’ll be fortunate enough to have sailed through the years leading up to retiring together.  We’re going to talk about things you need to consider as a...
Medicare Advantage Plans – The Nuts and Bolts

Medicare Advantage Plans – The Nuts and Bolts

When faced with having to make decisions that affect your healthcare AND your pocketbook the best approach is to start gathering information. When someone says “let me give you the nuts and bolts” of something you’re going to get information on how things work –...