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Health Care Benefits for Older Adults

As you age, the cost of health care goes up. You may be able to save on your health care and prescriptions. Learn about Medicare benefits and other ways to save money.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Is Here

Medicare's Open Enrollment runs October 15 through December 7. Get help understanding your Medicare plan options, how much it might cost you, and when you are required to make a decision. Explore NCOA's Age Well Planner's resources, tools, and experts.

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Before choosing a plan, it’s important to have a good understanding of what your Medicare out-of-pocket costs might be for the year.

Nov 18, 2022

What You'll Pay in Out-of-Pocket Medicare Costs in 2023

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There’s Medicare Open Enrollment, 10/5-12/7, and Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment, 1/1-3/31. Find out how they differ and how to make the most of these options.

Nov 12, 2022

What's the Difference Between Medicare's Open Enrollment Period and Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment?

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Does Medicare cover you anywhere you go? From Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, find out how portable your benefits are.

Nov 10, 2022

Does Medicare Cover You Anywhere?

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During Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), ads for Medicare Advantage plans may intentionally or unintentionally mislead you into thinking one plan is better for you than another. Here's what to look out for.

Nov 4, 2022

Misleading Medicare Marketing: Don't Be Fooled During Medicare Open Enrollment

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The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is a great time to consider whether a Medicare Advantage plan is right for you. Here’s what you should know.

Oct 31, 2022

3 Things You Should Know About Medicare Advantage Plans

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Oct 27, 2022

What Are the Costs of Medicare Advantage?

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Oct 24, 2022

Medicare Parts A and B Costs

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Non-medical supplemental benefits are something to think about when choosing a Medicare Advantage plan. Learn about some of the latest extra coverages available.

Oct 21, 2022

The New, Non-Medical Benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans in 2023

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Most Medicare Advantage (MA) plans include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Here’s what you should know when choosing an MA plan.

Oct 17, 2022

Are Prescriptions Covered Under Medicare Advantage Plans?

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Use this handy checklist from NCOA and Aetna if you’re considering making changes to your current Medicare Advantage plan or enrolling in a new one during the Annual Enrollment Period.

Oct 3, 2022

A 7-Point Checklist for Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan

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Learn what you may pay for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

Sep 30, 2022

What Medicare Part D Costs in 2023

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Aug 9, 2022

Prescription Help from States and Drug Manufacturers

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A telehealth service is a full visit with a provider that requires real-time communication through audio and video technology.​ Find out how Medicare covers telehealth.

Aug 6, 2022

How Medicare Covers Telehealth Services

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Introduced in 2011, the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is a free benefit focused on health promotion and preventive care.

Jul 28, 2022

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: What Older Adults Should Know

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For people enrolled in Original Medicare (Parts A & B) the differences between a participating provider, a non-participating provider, and an opt-out provider, are important to understand.

Jul 28, 2022

What the 3 Types of Health Care Providers Mean for Medicare Beneficiaries

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With rising costs, it’s natural to be worried about affording your insulin. Learn what Medicare covers and how you can save on your diabetes medication.

Jul 11, 2022

Diabetes and Insulin: A Guide to Paying with Medicare

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Make sure you read your Medicare notices. They include important information, such as why your care was denied and how you can appeal.

Jul 11, 2022

How to Appeal a Medicare Coverage Denial

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May 25, 2022

Did You Receive a Letter from the Social Security Administration? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) help Medicare-eligible, low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they qualify.

May 19, 2022

How Do Benefits Enrollment Centers Help Older Adults?

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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals that work together to give you better care.

May 3, 2022

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): What You Need to Know

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Jan 26, 2022

Medicaid and Medicare Savings Programs

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Jan 20, 2022

Medicare Part D: How to Get 'Extra Help' Paying for Prescriptions

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Jan 19, 2022

How to Get Help Paying for Food, Housing, and Healthcare

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Dec 22, 2021

How to Avoid the Medicare Part D Donut Hole

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Oct 18, 2021

How to Move from Expansion Medicaid to Medicare

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Sep 28, 2021

Junk or Not? How to Sort Your Medicare Mail

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Sep 22, 2021

Transitioning from the Health Insurance Marketplace to Medicare

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Sep 15, 2021

Turning 65? Follow Your Path to Medicare

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Aug 31, 2021

Checklist to Help You Choose a Medicare Part D Plan

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Jul 16, 2021

Choice Error: How Choosing A Medicare Plan Could Impact Your Finances and Health

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Jul 7, 2021

Using Medicare Benefits Post-COVID

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Jun 29, 2021

How Medicare Works with Federal Employee Health Insurance

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Jun 17, 2021

What Is Medicaid Estate Recovery? And How Does It Work?

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Mar 18, 2021

What Is a SHIP and How Can It Help Me?

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Jun 22, 2020

Medicare Part D Late Enrollment Penalty

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Apr 28, 2020

What Is a Part D Indication-Based Formulary?

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Nov 23, 2019

About the Medicare General Enrollment Period

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Oct 31, 2019

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment

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Aug 1, 2019

4 Tips to Stop Scammers Now

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May 12, 2019

Medicare for Federal and State Employees and Retirees

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Mar 30, 2019

Differences Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

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Nov 1, 2018

Understanding the Medicare Enrollment Periods

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Joining a Medicare Advantage Plan

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Medigap Policy

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