Posts Tagged ‘medicare’

What affect does the Government shutdown have on Medicare?

JeffBaderWhat affect does the Government shutdown have on Medicare? On October 1, 2013 the United States federal government entered a government shutdown.  It has been widely reported that this shutdown is the result of Obamacare, http://blog.eindividualhealth.com/health-insurance/health-care-reform-what-do-i-absolutely-need-to-know   but what about Medicare?

There have been some Medicare related programs that have been deemed “non-essential” and therefore temporarily postponed or cut-back.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has instituted a contingency staffing plan under which approximately half of their workforce has been furloughed, including reduced staff at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and some health services may be cancelled.  The only Medicare services affected so far are the Annual Influenza Program that provides flu shots through Medicare is delayed and the Government website will not be updated until further notice.

Health Insurance Marketplace will launch October 1st

JeffBaderHealth Insurance Marketplace will launch October 1st. California’s is called Covered California, and some important pieces of healthcare reform, the Affordability and Accountability Act (ACA), will take effect January 1st.   Many people are questioning the impact ACA has on the senior health marketplace as there are parts of the new law that affect Medicare coverage.

Donut Hole Changes

One of the biggest changes under healthcare reform will be prescription costs in the coverage gap, often called the “donut hole,” which occurs in some Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Once the cost for your prescriptions reaches a certain amount (based on $2970 in 2013 retail cost – not the portion you paid), then you enter the coverage gap where your share of cost becomes considerably higher until you reach the “catastrophic coverage” threshold.

Medicare Eligible. Can My Adult Child Stay On My Work Insurance?

Kelley-Jensen2Author:  Kelley Filice Jensen

I am 64 years old.  I still work and have my health insurance through my job, but I am thinking about enrolling in Medicare around my 65th birthday, regardless of whether I retire or not.  If I do that, can my child stay on my work’s insurance plan?   He is 23 years old, and a full time student with a part time job that does not offer health insurance.  I am worried about what will happen to him if I go elect Medicare coverage.

Work with the Pros 2012 – Week 5 Medicare

Ron is still out this week, so Brian fills the huddle and let’s Dwight know that this is the time of year when Filice Insurance and eIndividualhealth start to get questions about Medicare from people who are or know someone approaching age 65.  We offer tons of resources and help to navigate Medicare.  Get low cost individual health plans here.

Where do you start ? First, start with our blog, Medicare Explained , it is full of information about Medicare including information on prescription drugs and Medicare Part D.

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Prescription Drugs, age 65 and Medicare Part D

At age 65, many people find themselves using prescription drugs to maintain their health and well being.  But, as we approach 65 and become eligible for medicare, our resources and methods of paying for prescription drugs change.  Here are some common questions about Medicare Part D, as well as information about medicare supplemental insurance.  Do you need medicare explained?

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How will my Rx coverage change when I turn 65?

Medicare Explained

If you are over the age of 64, or if you know someone approaching 65, you are probably considering options for health care coverage and have many questions about Social Security, Medicare, prescriptions and everything else as well as how it all coordinates together.  Click here for other quick tips on picking an individual health insurance plan.

What is medicare, who is eligible, and when are they eligible?

Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities or any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure).

Is Medicare the same as Social Security?

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