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Three easy ways to find answers to common Medicare questions:
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A. There are different parts to Medicare: Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage).
A. If you are taking the drug, Medicare requires your plan to notify you 60 days prior to the change or, at the time of refill, provide you a 60-day supply, if prescribed.
A. Contact Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). If the fraud you report is confirmed, you may get up to $1,000 as a reward.
A. When you become eligible for disability benefits, Social Security will automatically enroll you in Medicare.
A. If you are newly eligible for Medicare, you can enroll three months prior to the month you become eligible and up to three months after the month you become eligible — a seven-month period.
A. If you aren’t eligible for premium-free Part A, and you don’t buy it when you’re first eligible, your monthly premium may go up 10 percent.
A. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient hospital care and some other care, such as home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility care.
A. First, make a list of the medications you are taking including their dosage, frequency and whether they are brand-name drugs or generics.
A. Medicare will cover limited home health services such as skilled nursing care or other therapy on a part-time or intermittent basis for people who are eligible for home health services.
A. You get Part A and Part B of the Original Medicare plan when you’re automatically signed up for Medicare. To get drug coverage under Original Medicare, you must choose and join a Medicare-approved Part D private drug plan.
A. Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. They are known as Medicare Part C plans. These plans are offered by private insurance companies and cover all Medicare-covered services.
A. By law, Medigap insurers aren’t allowed to sell more than one Medigap plan to the same person.
A. It depends on which plan you have first. Generally, if you already have COBRA when you enroll in Medicare, your COBRA coverage usually ends on the date you enroll in Medicare.
A. Generally, if you have TRICARE, you don’t need to enroll in Medicare Part D.
A. Because each veteran’s situation is unique, you should carefully review your options.
A. Medicare does not cover all of your health care costs. Depending on which plan you choose, you might have to share in the cost of your care by paying premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.
A. Most people don’t pay a premium for Part A because they already paid for it through payroll taxes while working.
A. Yes, people with limited incomes and resources may be eligible for help paying their Medicare premiums, deductibles and cost sharing.
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