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what to do during your first year with medicare

What To Do During Your First Year With Medicare

You may think that after you sign up and choose your coverage for Medicare that you’re done, but there are still a few things that you should do within your first year of having Medicare. Here’s a list to help you get started.

  1. Fill Out An Authorization Form

  2. If you ever want your friends and family to call Medicare on your behalf then you’ll have to fill out an authorization form.

Am I Eligible for Medicare?

Am I Eligible for Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program that provides health coverage for millions of retired or disabled Americans. While the government has tried to make it easy to sign up for, there are some obstacles that you should be aware of.

Who is eligible for Medicare?

Medicare coverage starts for people at age 65 as long as they are a U.S.

Medicare Hospital Compare

Compare Hospitals With Medicare’s New Online Tool

Medicare.gov has recently launched a new tool that will make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the best hospital for their care. With this new tool, users can browse and compare hospitals in their area, seeing information such as patient ratings, response statistics for certain medical concerns, readmission rates, and more.

Medicare’s Hospital Compare

If you are having a medical emergency,

Medicare Preauthorization

Medicare To Require Pre-Approval for Certain Medical Devices

Starting Feb. 28, Medicare will require pre-approval for some of the most commonly used home medical supplies, including oxygen, sleep apnea gear, and related equipment. The change comes as a response to a large amount of system abuse, and hopes to scale back inflated claims.

Savings for Medicare; Concerns for Beneficiaries and Providers

Medicare anticipates that savings from this initiative will save upwards of $10 million over the course of 2016.

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Dec 7

Don’t Wait- Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Dec 7th

If you’ve been holding off on enrolling in a new Medicare plan, you may not want to put things off much longer- the Open Enrollment period is ending in just two weeks, on December 7th.

Medicare Advantage and Part D Open Enrollment

Unlike Original Medicare, which is administered by the federal government,

Medicare Part D Prescription Plans

Medicare Spending on Hepatitis C Medications to Pass $9 Billion This Year

Medicare’s spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C is expected to double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. The drastic increase in spending is expected to raise insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease.

Medications for Hepatitis C to Account for Nearly 7% of Part D Spending in 2015

New cost estimates indicate that Medicare Part D,

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Today

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Today

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period begins today, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

What is Medicare Open Enrollment?

Medicare Open Enrollment is the yearly opportunity for those anyone who has not yet enrolled in Medicare to sign up for coverage (outside of an individual’s Initial Enrollment Period). Current Medicare recipients are also able change their insurance plans during this time with no penalty.