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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 your disposal to make things easier. One resource readily available to provide help at no cost to you is a

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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 into law in 2016, individuals with ESRD can now consider a Medicare Advantage plan as an alternative to their current

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What to Consider When Working with a Medicare Supplement Insurance Agent

Working with a Medicare supplement insurance agent offers a number of benefits as you navigate the often complex considerations of enrolling or changing your Medicare plan. Not only does the right agent help you understand different Medicare plans’ terms and coverage, but they can also lend a helping hand in regard to understanding enrollment periods and potential penalties for missed enrollment dates and more. Here are a few things you should consider when you’re looking

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How to Choose an Independent Local Medicare Agent

Understanding your Medicare coverage options as well as selecting the Medicare option that best fits your medical and financial needs can seem like a daunting task. To help you through the process of learning and enrolling, engaging the services of an independent local Medicare insurance agent can provide great benefits. At no cost, they provide knowledge and experience to help you navigate through your initial enrollment process and transition to Medicare. Engaging their services will

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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 that Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies, but cannot be used together. This is why

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When Does Medicare Coverage Start?

When you’re close to the age for Medicare eligibility, you may wonder when to enroll and when your Medicare coverage starts. You may not know what questions you need to ask, or what requirements you’ll need to meet to begin receiving Medicare benefits. We cover some of these basics in the content below. Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States that covers people who are 65 years old and above, younger

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