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Medicare for Older Adults

Medicare is a federal health insurance program, covering a wide range of services to keep you healthy as you get older. Learn more about the different parts of Medicare, how to enroll, what it could cost, and what health care services Medicare does and does not cover.

Medicare Open Enrollment runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2022. Now is a great time to look at Medicare coverage options, with premiums for Medicare Advantage plans down from last year.

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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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What Is Medicare? A Guide from NCOA

If you're turning 65, you're eligible to apply for Medicare. But oftentimes, understanding the different parts of Medicare, when to enroll, and which type of care is not covered by Medicare can seem complicated. That's why we've created this helpful guide

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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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Oct 12, 2022

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Sep 30, 2022

What Medicare Part D Costs in 2023

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Aug 6, 2022

How Medicare Covers Telehealth Services

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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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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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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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Jun 21, 2022

Medicare and Hearing Health for Seniors

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Help fight Medicare fraud and abuse this Medicare Fraud Prevention Week and all year long with these tips from the Senior Medicare Patrol.

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Medicare Fraud And Abuse: How Seniors Can Protect Themselves

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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.

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How Do Benefits Enrollment Centers Help Older Adults?

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Apr 18, 2022

Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm Narrowly Covered by Medicare

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What Is the Medicare Deductible?

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Jan 26, 2022

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Jan 20, 2022

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

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Jan 3, 2022

Get the Facts on Medicare Coverage for COVID-19

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Dec 30, 2021

Is There a Free Shingles Vaccine for Seniors? Here’s What You Should Know

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Dec 22, 2021

How to Avoid the Medicare Part D Donut Hole

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Nov 23, 2021

Does Medicare Cover the Pneumonia Vaccine?

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Sep 28, 2021

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Sep 22, 2021

Transitioning from the Health Insurance Marketplace to Medicare

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Medicare and the Marketplace: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Aug 31, 2021

Checklist to Help You Choose a Medicare Part D Plan

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Jul 29, 2021

It's Medicare's Birthday. A Time for Reflection. A Time for Change.

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Jul 17, 2021

Obesity Treatment and Medicare: A Guide to Understanding Coverage

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Jul 16, 2021

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

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Using Medicare Benefits Post-COVID

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How Medicare Works with Federal Employee Health Insurance

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What Is Medicare Part D?

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Medicare Preventive Services: Coverage and Costs

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