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.

Medicare Advantage

Is there a difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part C?

A question commonly asked by Washington residents who are new to Medicare is, “What’s the difference between Medicare Part C and Medicare Advantage?” and the answer is, there isn’t! Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part C are different names for the same type of Medicare insurance plans.

Medicare Advantage plans, aka Medicare Part C plans,

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36 Hospitals in Washington State Fined by Medicare for High Readmission Rates

Washington Medicare Patients Returning to Hospitals After Treatment

36 hospitals in the State of Washington were fined this year due to high readmission rates of Medicare patients, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This an increase since last year, when 34 Washington hospitals received a fine.

The fine is a percentage (maximum of 3%) of payment for every Medicare patient they see from Oct.

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Medicare Data Coming to Yelp Hospital Reviews.

In addition to reviews written by users, you can now see now information about doctors’ communication skills, room noise levels, and emergency room wait times on the Yelp pages for hospitals, nursing centers, and dialysis centers.

Utilizing Data from Medicare

ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize winning non-profit investigative group, will provide quarterly updates on health services at 4,600 hospitals,

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Medicare Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Is More Efficient Than Ever

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the implementation of Medicare, and Yale School of Medicine has just released a 15-year study showing that Medicare recipients are healthier and living longer than before. This is great news for those enrolled in Medicare Plans in Washington State and across the U.S.

Health Improves for Recipients of Medicare Plans

In their 15-year study,

Traveling With Medicare

Traveling to or from Washington State? Medicare Plans vary so here’s what you need to know.

While you may not know your specific travel plans when you enroll in Medicare, just knowing that you plan on traveling can make a big impact on which Medicare plan is best for you.

Traveling Within the U.S. With a Medicare Advantage Plan

Many Medicare Advantage plans do not cover travel within the United States,

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A Guide to Preventative Care for Medicare Recipients.

Along with eating well, exercising, limiting alcohol, and not smoking, it is important to take advantage of preventative health care services in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through Medicare, there are two main preventative health exams available. First, there is an initial “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit, and then there are yearly “Wellness Visits”.

Things to Keep in Mind When Switching to Medicare

Switching from your employer’s insurance to Medicare can be a complex and tricky matter. Making a mistake when switching enrollment can be costly, causing you to accidentally rack up penalty fees, or lead to gaps in coverage. Here are some of the most important things to ask and keep in mind when switching to Medicare:

When is the Medicare enrollment process automatic?

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Avoid This Costly Medicare Mistake:

It’s no secret that the best time to sign up for Medicare is as soon as you become eligible. For those who are already receiving Social Security, you will be automatically enrolled, and your benefits will begin on the first day of the month you turn 65. If you are receiving Social Security Disability, you will also be automatically enrolled in Medicare after your 24th month of receiving SS benefits.