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Understanding and Avoiding Scams — So They Don’t Happen to You!

In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported more than 1.4 million cases of fraud, and a large number of these scams involved preying on Medicare or Social Security beneficiaries. According to the FTC, the various scams taking place in 2018 resulted in losses of $1.48 billion from victims. In order to protect your identity and money, it’s important to understand the types of scam...

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Category: Medicare

Does Original Medicare Cover Everything?

Medicare: the well-known healthcare plan that you’re eligible for at 65. While you might know that it’s a type of health insurance, you might not be aware of what it covers — or doesn’t cover — when it comes to your healthcare needs. At age 65 (and in special circumstances before 65), you can receive what is called Original Medicare coverage. It consists of Medicare Parts A (hospital ins...

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Category: Medicare

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Medicare Plan

As you research your different Medicare coverage options, be sure to ask yourself these four questions before deciding on a plan: 1. How often do I visit specialists? Keep in mind that with Original Medicare, you pay 20 percent of the fee your doctor charges for each visit. If you visit specialists on a regular basis, those fees can add up quickly. With a Medicare supplement (also called...

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Category: Medicare

Do You Understand the Basics of Medicare?

Medicare can be complex, so it’s important to learn as much as you can as you begin thinking about enrolling in Medicare health insurance. This quiz can help you see how much you know about Medicare and determine what areas you need to research more. Q: What does Original Medicare cover? A: Original Medicare covers Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). However, it o...

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