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Medicare's Part B Premium Will Be Unchanged in 2018, But Many Will Pay More.

16438-Medicare premiums.jpgThe announcement of the 2018 Medicare premium is good news for some beneficiaries and bad news for many others. The good news is that the standard monthly Part B premium, which about 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay, will again be $134 next year, unchanged from 2017.

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2% Increase in 2018

Thumbnail image for 16383-Social Security.jpgIn 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.

Pay Attention to the Small Details When Dealing with Long-Term Care Insurers

16342-Woman with Checkbook.jpgA long-term care insurance company recently cancelled the insurance coverage of an elderly woman who accidently wrote the wrong amount on her premium check. The case illustrates the need for policyholders to pay attention to the details.

How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes

16338-Social Security Card and Money.jpgWhat happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you may be able to reverse those surcharges.

Long-Term Care Costs on the Rise

16365-Rising costs.jpgThe median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5% from 2016, according to Genworth's 2017 Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $85,775, up 4.44% from 2016. The rise in prices is much larger than the 1.24% and 2.27% gains in 2016.

Now Is the Time to Review Your Medicare Options

16361-Medicare Enrollment.jpgAre you happy with your current Medicare plan or plans? Now is the time to think about whether you are in the right plan or whether a new plan could save you money. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, in which you can enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7.

Medicare Preventive Services: What's Free and What Isn't?

Webp.net-resizeimage.jpgWhen we're young, we believe that we're invincible, which makes it harder to admit as we age that our bodies naturally need more care. Normal aging affects the heart, bones, and joints, so preventive care is key to avoiding aging that could be harmful to your health.

Relief From Medicare's Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

istock_000022816678_small_sm.jpgMedicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll in Medicare Part B without paying a penalty for late enrollment.

Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety

short-term_sm.jpgA little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance. Short-term care insurance provides coverage for nursing home or home care for one year or less.

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