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Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs You Should Expect To Pay

Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs You Should Expect To Pay

Medicare provides health insurance to most older Americans, but there are still expenses that have to be paid out-of-pocket. Medicare has a complicated set of rules that can be difficult to understand. So here are some of the expenses you can expect with Medicare:

Medicare Premiums

The standard Medicare Part B premium is $104.90 per month in 2016,

Traveling With Medicare

Traveling With Medicare

Traveling in the United States

If you are a Medicare beneficiary and you have Original Medicare (Part A & B) then you can travel anywhere within the United States and still be covered by Medicare as long as you use doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare. If you have Medicare Advantage (Part C) then you may have to pay more out of pocket for visiting an out of network provider.

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 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.

Washington Medicare Hospital

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.