Medicare Part D: Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage (Part D) to everyone with Medicare. Medicare Part D plans are offered by private companies to help cover the cost.

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Can You Laminate Your Medicare Card?
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Can You Laminate Your Medicare Card?

One of the most common questions we receive is, “Can you laminate your Medicare card?” It’s a great question because many people think of their card the same way as they think of their Social Security card – and just like certain things require a Social Security card, you’ll need…

Will Medicare Pay for a Lift Chair?
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Will Medicare Pay for a Lift Chair?

People who need help getting in and out of their chair daily due to life changes such as aging, arthritis, or a recent mobility-limiting surgery, often consider buying a lift chair. However, lift chairs can cost hundreds – or even thousands of dollars, leaving many Medicare beneficiaries wondering if their…

Does Aetna Cover My Prescription Drugs?
Coverage

Does Aetna Cover My Prescription Drugs?

Without coverage, the costs of prescription drugs can add up, especially as we get older. Many seniors are surprised by the overwhelming expense of medications and have concerns about how their Medicare choices can affect them. If you have been prescribed drugs by your physician or want to make sure…

Does Medicare Cover Aricept?

Medicare: Who Pays First?

Who Pays First If I Have Other Health Coverage? If you have Medicare and other health coverage, each type of coverage is called a “payer.” When there’s more than one payer, “coordination of benefits” rules decide who pays first. The “primary payer” pays what it owes on your bills first, and then your provider sends the…

Does Medicare Cover a Biopsy?

Does Medicare Cover a Biopsy?

When your doctor suggests a biopsy, you may be understandably concerned, but knowing what to expect can help. Procedures can be costly, and when you are already a little stressed about your health, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you will pay the medical bills from the procedure. Let’s…

Does Medicare Cover a Pancreas Transplant?

Does Medicare Cover a Pancreas Transplant?

A pancreas transplant offers a potential cure for type 1 diabetes, but this surgery is reserved for people who live with severe secondary complications from diabetes, including kidney failure.  Any organ transplant comes with significant risks, including blood clots, infection, organ failure or rejection, or urinary complications, but if your…

Does Medicare Cover a Personal Trainer?

Does Medicare Cover a Personal Trainer?

Staying healthy and active is essential, especially as we age. Cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility exercises, in conjunction with a nutritional, balanced diet, can help you maintain your physical and mental well-being throughout your senior years. You may be considering joining a gym, hiring a personal trainer, or starting…

Does Medicare Cover Botox?

Does Medicare Cover Botox?

Botox injections get a lot of attention for reducing frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles, but there is more to know about this medication and how it can be used to treat medical conditions. Botox uses various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity or block certain nerves….

Does Medicare Cover Air Purifiers?

Does Medicare Cover Air Purifiers?

If you live with allergies, asthma, or chronic respiratory issues, you know that pollen, pollutants, smoke, mold, pesticides and other chemicals in the air can aggravate your condition. Indoor air can be just as dangerous as what you face outdoors, but air purifiers can remove harmful particles in the air….

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What is the Medicare Donut Hole?

Did you know some Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage (MA-PDs) have annual coverage limits? If you reach the annual coverage limit, you enter a temporary coverage gap, called “the donut hole.” During this period, you begin to pay a higher percentage for…

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Services Covered by Medicare Part A & Part B

Medicare covers many tests, items and services like lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits – as well as supplies, like wheelchairs and walkers. In general, Part A covers things like hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, hospice, and home health services. Medicare Part B covers medically necessary services and preventative…

Medicare Part D: Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage (Part D) to everyone with Medicare. Medicare Part D plans are offered by private companies to help cover the cost of prescription drugs. Everyone with Medicare can get this optional coverage to help lower their prescription drug costs. Medicare Part D generally covers both brand-name and generic prescription drugs at…

Medicare Part C

A Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) is a health coverage choice for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, the plan will provide all of your Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part…

Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B helps cover medically necessary services like doctors’ services, outpatient care, home health services, and other medical services. Part B also covers some preventive services. You can find out if you have Part B by looking at your Medicare card. How Do You Get Medicare Part B? If you get benefits from Social…

What is Medicare Parts A & B

What Is Original Medicare Part A and B? Part A and Part B are often referred to as “Original Medicare.” Original Medicare is one of your health coverage choices as part of the Medicare program managed by the federal government. Unless you choose a Medicare health plan, you will be enrolled in Original Medicare. You…

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A Helps Cover: Inpatient care in hospitals (such as critical access hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals) Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility (not custodial or long-term care) Hospice care services Home health care services Inpatient care in a religious non-medical health care institution (RNHCI). You usually don’t pay a…

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for: People age 65 or older; People with certain disabilities; or People with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.) Medicare has four parts: MEDICARE PART A (Hospital Insurance) Helps cover inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a…

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17 Questions to Ask About Your Prescription Drugs

Whether you were prescribed a new medication or have been taking Rx meds for some time, there are important questions you can ask your doctor to become better informed about the prescription drugs you take. Getting the facts about your medications and over-the-counter drugs can help prevent unintended consequences. For…

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9 Questions to Help Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

Unfortunately, many people are hit with surprise medical bills and fees after being treated by a healthcare provider at a clinic or hospital. Even when patients make every effort to understand their insurance policy and healthcare costs, it can be challenging to grasp detailed billing information, especially if you are…