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Signing Up for Medicare Advantage Plans: Is Original Medicare Required?

Medicare Advantage plans (also known as Medicare Part C) are an easy way to get all the health coverage you need from one company. But, in order to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan, you must first enroll in Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (medical), which are known as Original Medicare. If you’re already receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits when yo...

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Your Medicare Journey: An Easy Timeline for Enrolling When You’re 65

Are you planning to join Medicare when you’re 65? There’s an easy timeline of what to do and when to do it so that you’re prepared when it’s time to enroll. If you start familiarizing yourself with your Medicare options when you turn 64, you’ll have plenty of time to learn what you need in a plan and how to get it.   Your 64th birthday Now’s the time to start learning the basics of Medic...

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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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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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