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If you’re currently on Medicare, you are probably keenly aware of everything that it covers. From surgery to physical therapy, this government entitlement benefit provides health insurance for Americans 65 and older who have worked into the system and are now retired. But although Medicare is relatively comprehensive, it doesn’t cover everything — which is …

October 11, 2017

Category: Medicare Supplements

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If you're nearing age 65 (or retiring and losing group insurance) you may need help with Medicare planning. It's always best to get started early so that you fully understand all of your options. Choices you make now will affect your options in the future. We help our clients through this progression. There is a [...]
July 12, 2017

Category: Medicare Supplements, Retirement Planning

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If you own a Health Savings Account and you're approaching Medicare eligibility, you likely want to know what you can and can't do with your unused funds. The good news is you can keep your HSA once on Medicare. This is helpful for those who have accumulated significant assets in their accounts. Furthermore, there are [...]
May 2, 2017

Category: Medicare Supplements, Retirement Planning

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We see quite a few mistakes people make with their Medicare insurance plans. Many of these are avoidable by knowing the most important rules, regulations and timelines while having a good team around you. If you're researching your options as you near Medicare eligibility, you know there is a lot of information to sort through. [...]
February 4, 2017

Category: Medicare Supplements

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We get the question from our clients all the time, "Do Medicare supplement insurance plans have networks?" A rare few do, but most don't. If you are asking this question, then it's important to better understand how these insurance policies work. In this post we will discuss in detail what you can expect from your [...]
September 26, 2016

Category: Medicare Supplements

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Reviewing and understanding your supplemental insurance options can be overwhelming when you are new to Medicare. There are several options to choose from and it’s hard to know which plans with which provider will be most suitable for the long haul. In the following article, we provide tips and advice to help you navigate this somewhat …

February 4, 2016

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements

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When shopping for Medicare supplement plans, it’s important to know many providers offer spousal and/or household discounts for married applicants – or those who share a residence. These discounts usually range from 5-12% depending on the insurance company guidelines. There are several providers offering supplemental premium discounts to those who qualify. AARP United Healthcare, Aetna, Anthem Blue …

January 26, 2016

Category: Articles, Medicare Supplements

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As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2016, supplemental plans that cover the Part B deductible will no longer be for sale in 2020. This legislation means that Plan F, Plan C and High Deductible Plan F will no longer be fore offered to those who are new to Medicare in …

January 8, 2016

Category: Medicare Supplements

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If you are over 65 and leaving your group health insurance, you’ll need to plan carefully when considering COBRA as your semi-permanent insurance. If you do not enroll in Medicare Part B upon separation from employment, you can face late enrollment penalties including fines and delays. Unfortunately, the transition from group health insurance to Medicare – and the …

July 14, 2015

Category: Medicare Supplements, Retirement Planning

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If you’ve ever been declined a Medicare supplement insurance plan due to medical underwriting, then you know the frustration. Some carriers are more stringent than others and the slightest health issue can be grounds for denial. And in most states, you have only one or two chances to choose a supplement without the need for medical …

June 3, 2015

Category: Medicare Supplements

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Mutual of Omaha has many offerings, but they may be best known for their Medicare supplement insurance plans. Their policies are competitively priced across the U.S. and rate increases with their Medigap coverage has been trending lower the last few years. A.M. Best rates them A+  due to their large base of policy holders, cash …

April 17, 2015

Category: Medicare Supplements

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Welcome to Part II of our two-part series regarding the most frequently asked questions our agency encounters about Medicare Supplement insurance policies. In this installment, we discuss the nuances of these plans including: rates, underwriting, making changes and the agent's role. Click Here To Read Part I Med Supp FAQs  → Learning About Medicare Supplement Rates & [...]
February 3, 2015

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements

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If you're shopping for coverage, you probably have several questions about Medicare supplement insurance plans. We have been working with these policies for many years and answer the most common questions below. This way, you can make decisions that best fit your needs. First: A Little About Medicare What And When Is Open Enrollment For [...]
February 3, 2015

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements

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Our independent agency represents several companies, but we are seeing a lot of interest lately in the Transamerica Life Medicare supplement insurance plans. In our view, there are several reasons for this including: cost, ratings, renewals and name recognition. First, a little about the company: Transamerica (that big pyramid building in San Francisco) is a subsidiary of …

September 11, 2014

Category: Medicare Supplements

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When purchasing Medigap insurance, you are weighing benefits versus cost. At some point, the monthly premiums for more comprehensive coverage (like Plan F) may outweigh the extra benefits. In our experience, a Plan N Medicare supplement insurance policy can offer good value when compared to supplements that fill in more gaps. There are several reasons we’ve arrived at …

June 9, 2014

Category: Medicare Supplements

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