New Medicare Cards are Coming Soon!

In April 2018, the CMS will begin distributing new Medicare cards. To meet the congressional deadline, all beneficiaries must receive cards by April 2019. The CMS will allow a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the MBI or HCIN. Once beneficiaries receive their new card, they should destroy their current Medicare cards and keep the new MBI confidential.

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Other relevant posts:

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/watch-for-your-new-medicare-cards/

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/is-the-new-medicare-card-all-good/

 

How Do I Know if I’m Being Pressured to Join a Plan?

Selecting your Medicare plans can feel overwhelming and even cause anxiety for some people. One reason is people often feel pressured to join a specific plan. When you’re feeling pushed, it’s hard to determine why you’re really selecting the plan: because of the pressure or because it’s really the right plan for you. There are many choices and based on your history and needs, you may have hundreds of plans to choose from. Be sure you’re fully aware of the coverage and requirements before you commit to a plan. And, be sure you’re not experiencing one of these things that may really be pressuring you into a plan that isn’t right for you.

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Will you be turning 65 in 2018?

We are currently taking appointments into mid/late March for anyone who is turning 65 or otherwise becoming eligible for Medicare in 2018.  It’s not too early to start planning now! Please click the play button on the audio bar below to hear this information.

 

 

 

Other relevant posts:

Am I Eligible for Medicare and is it Time to Apply?

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/navigating-the-medicare-maze/

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/are-you-still-working-and-turning-65-this-year/

 

Do you have Part A only and a Gap in coverage?

If you delay enrollment in Medicare Part B, your premium could be higher and you may be required to pay a penalty which increases your Part B premium each year and may never go away. Please click the pay button on the audio bar below to hear this information.

 

 

Other relevant posts:

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/medicare-general-enrollment-period-gep/#more-1168

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/are-you-still-working-and-turning-65-this-year/

Right now is General Enrollment!

The GEP is for individuals that did not enroll during their Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) and do not qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). We will feature both the IEP and SEP later during this series. During the GEP, you can enroll in Part B (medical insurance). This enrollment period runs January 1 to March 31 each year, with a coverage start date of July 1.

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General Enrollment Period

 

 

 

Medicare General Enrollment Period (GEP)

 

This is a three-part series featuring Medicare Enrollment Periods. Today we’re going to focus on the General Enrollment Period or GEP (January 1 to March 31).

The GEP is for individuals that did not enroll during their Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) and do not qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). We will feature both the IEP and SEP later during this series. During the GEP, you can enroll in Part B (medical insurance). This enrollment period runs January 1 to March 31 each year, with a coverage start date of July 1.

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Are you still working and turning 65 this year?

If you are still working and turning 65 this year and wondering if you need to sign up for Medicare then please click the play button on the audio bar below to hear this information.

 

 

Other relevant posts:

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/are-you-65-or-older-and-lost-employer-coverage/

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/medicare-sign-up-made-easy/

http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/things-you-need-to-know-about-medicare-enrollment-periods/

General Enrollment Period

GEP = General Enrollment Period – January 1 thru March 31 each year;  Medicare coverage starts July 1 of the same year.  If you are still working, you may be advised by Social Security to enroll during this period when in fact, you should not if you have employer group insurance.

 

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http://www.seniorpatientadvocates.com/medicare-sign-up-made-easy/

Am I Eligible for Medicare and is it Time to Apply?