Looking For Medicare Information

Someone approaching Medicare age recently asked where he could find information about Medicare Parts C and D. He also asked for suggestions on finding coverage that was good for him. Regular readers know that Medicare is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a component of the Department of Health and Human…
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Why Are Some Medicare Part B Premiums Based On Income?

Combining several recently received questions about 2016 Medicare Part B (Medical) premiums, today’s post is about 2016 premium amounts and explains why a small percentage of people pay a larger premium based on taxable income as shown on their tax returns. The Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), administers…
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Medicare Premiums And Deductibles For 2016

The official Medicare website, www.medicare.gov, now has 2016 Medicare premiums and deductibles information. Medicare is administered by the Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS press release announcing 2016 Medicare premiums and deductibles also contains this information. Here is part of that press release: Part B Premiums/Deductibles…
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Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) Open Season & Extra Help

The Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) plan open enrollment period started October 15 and ends December 7. Learn about Part D at the Medicare website, www.medicare.gov.  The Medicare homepage shows the Open Enrollment dates with a link labeled “Review your health and drug coverage options” that takes you to the Medicare Plan Finder. There…
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Does Social Security Contact People At Age 65 To Enroll Them In Medicare?

Q: Does Social Security contact people at age 65 to enroll them in Medicare? A: Some people are automatically contacted at age 65 but not everyone is. If you are already receiving monthly Social Security benefits, you are sent Medicare enrollment information several months before reaching age 65. It is important to note that enrollment…
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