Medicare Enrollment

How to Sign Up for Medicare and Where to Find Enrollment Assistance

Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program for Americans who are 65 years or older, and certain younger individuals with qualifying disabilities, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). There are different methods of signing up for Medicare and finding enrollment assistance, including seeking the assistance of a local Medicare insurance agent. The …

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Benefits Local Medicare Insurance Agent

Benefits of Working with a Local Medicare Insurance Agent

Whether you’re selecting a Medicare plan, trying to determine your Medicare eligibility and when to enroll, or wondering whether to consult with a Medicare insurance agent, it can all seem a bit overwhelming. The good news is that even though dealing with Medicare plans, rules and regulations appears complex at first, there are resources at …

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Medicare beneficiaries with End Stage Renal Disease

Good News for Medicare Beneficiaries with End-Stage Renal Disease

Are you one of the almost 500,000 Medicare beneficiaries affected by End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure? An ESRD diagnosis triggers Medicare eligibility, regardless of a person’s age, however Original Medicare carries potentially high out-of-pocket costs (20% coinsurance for Part B services, including dialysis). Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, signed …

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the difference between medicare advantage and medigap

The Difference Between Medicare Advantage and Medigap Insurance Plans

Two of the most commonly chosen options for individual Medicare benefits are Medicare Advantage and Medigap insurance plans. Medicare Supplement Insurance (also referred to as Medigap) is purchased to be the secondary payer for Original Medicare (Parts A and B), while Medicare Advantage plans are selected to provide an alternative to Original Medicare. Please note …

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Working Past 65: How Creditable Coverage Impacts Your Medicare Plan

Working Past 65: How Creditable Coverage Impacts Your Medicare Plan

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 10,000 people turn 65 years old every day, which potentially makes them eligible for Medicare health insurance benefits. Working past age 65 and delaying retirement can pose a challenge when considering your coverage options and navigating Medicare enrollment. Consulting with a local Medicare insurance agent can help you …

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SEP Notice for Medicare Eligible Enrollees Affected by COVID-19

SEP Notice for Medicare Eligible Enrollees Affected by COVID-19

At Medicare Portal, we continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare and are working hard to update you on changes as they happen. Recently, Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) changed their previous stance and made a decision to allow for a one-time Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for those affected by COVID-19. This …

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Choosing Your Medicare Coverage: Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Choosing Your Medicare Coverage: Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Navigating Medicare plan options and selecting the right coverage for your needs can be challenging. If you’re nearing the time when you’re considering your options, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of what Medicare plans are available, and how benefits and costs can vary. From comparing benefits to weighing coverage options, …

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