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If you are soon to be age 65, you might be wondering how to enroll in Medicare Part A and B with the federal government. Enrollment is done through the Social Security Administration and can be accomplished in three different ways. You do not need to be retired or losing group insurance to enroll, but …

March 17, 2011

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements

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You have several choices to consider when shopping for Medicare supplement insurance coverage. Plan C is popular as it covers almost all of the gaps associated with Original Medicare Parts A and B. It can be a good alternative to Plan F if you desire slightly lower premiums and wish to maintain comprehensive overall coverage. Plan C is …

February 15, 2011

Category: Medicare Supplements

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There are several factors that will determine the cost of a Medicare supplement policy upon purchase. Each insurance company and each state has its own rules and regulations affecting policy prices. That is why it’s usually wise to shop around with an independent agency. Medicare supplement prices are controlled by law, so it  will be no more …

February 7, 2011

Category: Medicare Supplements

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If you are currently enrolled or soon to be enrolled in Medicare, you usually have just two insurance choices to close/minimize the gaps in this government insurance program: Medicare Supplements or Medicare Advantage plans. It’s a good idea to choose one or the other as Original Medicare has several benefit gaps with open ended expenses. …

January 21, 2011

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements

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Forethought Life Insurance Company is offering affordable Medicare supplement coverage in several states across the U.S. Forethought is well known for their diverse annuity and life portfolio, but they also offer supplemental Medicare policies through independent agencies like ours. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies enter the Medicares supplement marketplace after developing a strong …

December 14, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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When shopping for Medicare supplement insurance to help cover the gaps in your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage, it is important to know what your out of pocket expenses will be each year. The Part A and B deductible amounts increase each year as determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. All …

November 12, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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As of October 15th 2010, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio is offering Medicare supplement coverage on a guaranteed issue basis in certain circumstances – along with their standard underwritten plans. This is good news for those over age 65 who have had trouble switching from costly Medicare supplements because of poor health or …

October 28, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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Parts of the new  health care legislation have already taken affect, but there is quite a bit of confusion over the guaranteed issue status for children under the age of 19 years old. (Editor’s note: Some of the information below is outdated – please contact us to discuss a child-only health insurance application.) As of September …

October 14, 2010

Category: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance

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As part of the implementation of the new health care reform laws, Ohio small businesses providing group health insurance for their employees can write off a portion of their premium payments. The Affordable Care Act allows employers who pay at least half the cost of single health insurance coverage premiums for their employees to claim the credit. Employers …

September 8, 2010

Category: Group Health Insurance

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As part of the health care reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, new high risk health insurance pools will be created by several states. The pools are designed to last 40 months and bridge the gap until applicants with preexisting conditions must be underwritten for permanent coverage. …

August 5, 2010

Category: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance

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There are several insurance companies offering Medicare supplement insurance plans across the U.S. – some are more well known than others. For every Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare there are a dozen other companies offering the same benefits and coverage. How are you to know which insurance company is best for you? Understanding Medicare …

July 23, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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New state and federal laws allow Ohio residents to keep children insured on a parent’s health insurance policy past age 23. Federal law only requires that coverage is offered to age 26, but state law allows for dependents to be insured up to age 28. Those who are insured through an employer based group health insurance plan and …

June 23, 2010

Category: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance

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AARP and United Healthcare Insurance Company joined together to offer Medicare supplement insurance to seniors nationwide. This partnership was formed to offer additional products for current and future AARP members. Medicare eligible consumers can purchase Medigap coverage as well as prescription Part D drug insurance plans through these combined organizations and a licensed insurance agent. You must be …

June 21, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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You might purchase a health insurance policy that can be coupled with a health savings account simply to obtain lower monthly premiums. In exchange for covering more of the incidental expenses out of pocket with a HSA qualified plan, you can keep your individual or family health insurance more affordable. Perhaps of more importance are …

June 17, 2010

Category: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts

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Medicare supplement Plan G was updated way back in 2010 and should now be considered by most beneficiaries as a smart purchase when supplementing original Medicare Parts A and B. After Plan F, Plan G is one of the most comprehensive plans available. It is an affordable choice if you are willing to cover the small, one-time Part B …

June 14, 2010

Category: Medicare Supplements

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