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Do Doctors prefer HMO or PPO?
Medicare Advantage insurance plans are offered by private insurance companies and cover both hospital visits and doctor visits, among other benefits. Because they are offered by private insurance companies, Medicare Advantage plans use provider networks such as HMOs and PPOs, unlike the traditional network-less Medicare plans. It doesn’t matter to doctors which network you select…
When should I buy Medicare Supplement Insurance?
If you think that you would like Medicare Supplement insurance to go alongside Medicare, then you should consider purchasing it when your Medicare Supplement Insurance open enrollment time arrives. This period automatically starts the month you’re 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) and lasts for 6 months. During this time, an insurance…
Do All Hospitals Accept Medicare?
At some point in their lives, everyone needs hospital care. It’s important to know the ins and outs of Medicare so that you understand the hospital coverage and benefits you receive as a Medicare beneficiary. Not all hospitals accept Medicare, but luckily, the vast majority of hospitals do. Because there are a few exceptions nationwide,…
Understanding Medicare: 20 Terms to Know
Medicare is confusing! Every now and then, it’s good to revisit the basics so you stay informed about your health care insurance. This Medicare glossary includes 20 common Medicare terms that you should know as you research Medicare CMS Acronym for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the Department of Health…
How Much Does Medicare Pay For Surgery?
Many of us experience anxiety when preparing for surgery. The last thing we want to think about is our financial situation. However, it’s important to prepare for the probability of out-of-pocket costs. Luckily, Medicare is there to help reduce your bill (and stress level). Let’s take a look at your possible out-of-pocket costs for surgery…
What to do if you miss Medicare’s Open Enrollment
Medicare’s enrollment periods can quickly get confusing. Depending on your policy, there are only certain times of year that you can cancel, switch, or enroll in a new plan. Let’s break it all down: Initial Enrollment – 3 months before your 65th birthday – 3 months after your 65th birthday For those newly eligible for…
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