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Aug 20, 2014

Medicare Solutions

A Video Reminder to Review Your Medicare Plans

Medicare’s open enrollment runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. This is when you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage for the coming year. 

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Compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans to Control Costs

Premiums change, drug formularies change and insurance carriers come out with new plans each year. Failing to review your plan each year could cost you thousands of dollars out of your own pocket. Look at the difference between a good and bad decision.

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3 Things You Can Do to Cut Your Prescription Drug Costs

CBS MoneyWatch reports that prescription drug prices could soar nearly 50% over the next few years. Our new on-staff pharmacist has three tips to help you counter skyrocketing prices.

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How to Read Your Medicare Part D Drug Formulary

Understanding your Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan formulary can save you money and prevent frustrating delays in getting you the drugs you need.

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Insulin and the Donut Hole: Lifesaving Drug Often Spikes Medicare Patients' Share of Costs

The high costs associated with insulin send many Medicare patients with diabetes into the dreaded Part D “donut hole,” where they pay a greater share of the lifesaving drugs’ costs. Understand how you can plan for this expense so it’s not a devastating financial surprise.

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Why doesn't my premium drop with fewer medicines?

At the beginning of this new drug plan year, my husband and I are taking fewer medicines than last plan year. (Our doctors have eliminated some drugs.) Why wouldn’t our premium go down?

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Dig In to Our Part D Donut Hole Graphic

Celebrate National Donut Day by finally getting a grip on the confusing Part D donut hole. Our infographic is free of calories and loaded with money-saving tips.

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New Guide Clears Up Your Medicare Confusion

We know Medicare is confusing. That’s why we created a guide that makes it easier to understand, plus two checklists — one to help you gather what you need to enroll at age 65 and one to review your plan every year after that. For Medicare MarketPlace®’s free "Guide to Medicare: Helping You Navigate the Medicare Maze," click here.

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Medicare Refusing to Cover Physical Therapy, Skilled Care for 'Failure to Improve'

Have you been told that Medicare won’t pay for your physical therapy or skilled care because you’re failing to improve? 

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4 Things to Know About the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period

Welcome to the annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period. Learn what this is and four important things to know before disenrolling.

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What's a Transition Refill?

Changing prescription drug plans during open enrollment can lead to surprises when making your first trip to the pharmacy counter in the the new year. But don’t fret. Medicare requires that you get a transition refill.

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Medicare Part B Rates to Increase in 2017

The government announced that Medicare premiums will go up in 2017, just as time’s almost up to review your coverage for next year. How much more will you pay each month?

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Does Medicare Cover the Flu Shot?

Fall marks the kickoff to flu season. Understand what Medicare covers with the influenza shot as well as other immunizations.

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Blue Cross Med Supp Rates to Increase in Michigan

This year’s Medicare Open Enrollment Period is especially important for about 200,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan customers, because the insurer is raising rates — for some, by more than double their current amounts.

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Medicare's Fate Under the Next President

With the election just weeks away, are you clear on where the presidential candidates stand on Medicare and Social Security? We break down their positions, and Insuractive’s Brian Hickey, a longtime Medicare industry expert, weighs in. 

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A Medicare Surprise You Might Not Want

Some seniors are getting switched with little warning into Medicare Advantage. 

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New Observation Notice Starts in August

Starting Aug. 6, hospitals are required to tell Medicare patients if they have not been formally admitted and why. Learn how “observation” status can impact your finances and what hospitals must disclose.

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Our New Pharmacist Could Save You Time and Money

What the Latest Medicare Insurer Sanctions Mean to You

A Medicare health and prescription drug insurer recently got a slap on the wrist from U.S. regulators. How does this government sanction affect you? Read the full story.

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The Dangers of Delaying Your Initial Medicare Enrollment

If you don’t coordinate the end date of your existing health care coverage with the beginning of Medicare coverage, you could end up without coverage for several months.

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