Medicare Star Rating: Understanding the 5-Star System for Medicare Companies
The 5-star rating for Medicare companies is based on surveys of members and providers as well as what is covered by the plan. 1 star is the lowest ranking of these plans and 5 stars is the highest ranking, based on surveyed member satisfaction, provider satisfaction and what types of services are covered by the individual Medicare company.Read more
What Is Medicare Supplement? What You Need When You’re Enrolled in Medicare
With terms like Original Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance and Medicare Advantage plans all suddenly becoming relevant when you first qualify for Medicare, it can be so confusing to figure out what is available to you and what your best options are.Read more
Medicare Annual Enrollment: Get Ready With a Pre-Appointment Checklist
With Medicare Annual Open Enrollment around the corner, there are so many questions about finding the right plan. Here is our short guide to a smooth discussion with a licensed insurance agent, and all the information you should bring to help find a plan that meets your needs.Read more
Do I Have to Sign Up for Medicare if I Already Have Health Insurance?
Do I have to sign up for Medicare if I already have health insurance? Many adults who qualify for Medicare—but still have private health insurance through a partner or employer—wonder exactly how Medicare will figure into their future plans. Should they enroll in Parts A…Read more
Medicare Flu Coverage: What You Can Get Covered During Flu Season
Flu season comes every year from about November to the spring, and 2020 is set to be an especially tough flu season because of the combination of COVID-19 and the typical influenza season. Here are some of our best tips for staying safe this season and utilizing your Medicare benefits to get the care you need during the flu season of 2020:Read more
PPO or HMO in Medicare Advantage: What Do They Mean?
The main difference between these plans is that with a PPO, you can see a provider out-of-network, you don’t need a referral to see a specialist, and you are not required to have a primary care physician. With an HMO, you generally can’t leave your network to see a provider or specialist unless it’s a medical emergency or you require access to a specialist that is not in-network. HMOs generally have lower monthly premiums, coinsurance and copayments.Read more
Premium Free Medicare Advantage Plans: Can I Actually Get a $0/Month Premium Plan?
Carriers are able to offer $0 monthly premium Medicare Advantage plans, because some allocate costs differently. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions about zero-dollar premium Medicare Advantage plans:Read more
Medicare Advantage Enrollment: What You Need to Know
Why might I want to enroll in Medicare Advantage? You might want to enroll in Medicare Advantage to receive cost savings on the coverage you need, or to expand the type of coverage you receive as part of your plan, or both. To receive adequate…Read more
What is Medicare Advantage? Plans, Costs, and How to Enroll
Medicare Advantage plans are required to cover everything included in Medicare Parts A and B. Like Original Medicare plans, they come at different costs and different levels of coverage depending on the specifics of the plan you choose.Read more
Can you pass a Medicare Vocabulary Quiz?
A basic knowledge of Medicare terminology will ensure you know exactly what you are signing up for during this year’s Open Enrollment Period and that you are able to make the most of your benefits.Read more
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