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Where's My New Medicare Card?

16765-checking mailbox.jpgTo prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the federal government is issuing new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries that will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them. The government began mailing the cards in April 2018 and the new cards should be completely distributed by April 2019.

Medicare Extends Deadline for Relief from Part B Penalties

16752-Medicare with Money.jpgMedicare is extending its offer of relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. Beneficiaries who qualify will be able to enroll in Medicare Part B without paying a penalty for late enrollment if they enroll by September 30, 2018.

Be on the Lookout for New Medicare Cards (and New Card-Related Scams)

16604-New-Medicare-Card-Banner-Image.pngThe federal government is issuing new Medicare cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the new cards will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them.

Turning 65? What You Need to Know about Signing up for Medicare

335437f123.jpgThe first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 65 on January 1, 2011, and some 10,000 boomers a day will reportedly be turning 65 between now and 2030. If you are about to turn 65, then it is time to think about Medicare. You become eligible for Medicare as soon as you turn 65, and delaying your enrollment can result in penalties, so it is important to act right away.

Two Popular Medigap Plans Are Ending. Should You Enroll While You Can?

16472-Medigap.jpgIf you will soon turn 65 and be applying for Medicare, you should carefully consider which Medigap policy to enroll in because two of the most popular plans will be ending soon. In 2020, Medicare beneficiaries will no longer be able to enroll in Plans F and C.

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.

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