New 2018 Medicare Costs

Generally, each year the cost-sharing rates for Medicare change. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid recently released what the new amounts will be. At this link on the Medicare site, you will find an overview of the new 2018 costs: www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/costs-at-a-glance/costs-at-glance.html. At the end of the article, you will find links for more detailed information about…
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Medicare Or Medicaid: Who Should I Call?

Medicare is the federal health care program that provides benefits to those 65 or older or disabled. To be eligible for Medicare, you must have worked and paid the Medicare tax and be a U.S. citizen or  be a U.S. resident. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical…
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Medicare Bill Payment Available Online Through Your Bank

Social Security is here with tools and information to help you secure today and tomorrow. Did you know that you can pay your Medicare premiums online? If your bank offers the option to pay your bills online, you can use their service to pay for your Medicare premiums bill from the Centers for Medicare &…
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Foreign Travel, Volunteers And Medicare

My name is Mickie Douglas. I work for Social Security as a Public Affairs Specialist and I’m replacing Howard Kossover. I just said that so I could officially state for the record that Howard is irreplaceable.  Howard was a well-loved and much respected Social Security employee.  We will all miss him, but some are maybe…
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Approaching Age 65? Remember Medicare.

Approaching age 65? Remember Medicare. Medicare begins for most people at age 65, earlier if receiving disability. If you receive Social Security benefits, expect a Medicare card and instructions several months in advance of age 65 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS is…
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