MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: What is the Medicare General Enrollment Period (GEP)?

Monday, January 22, 2018

A: Think of it as your chance to do what you should have done during your Initial Enrollment Period. You can sign up for Part A and Part B during the annual General Enrollment Period (GEP) if you did not take care of that when you first became eligible fo ...

Q: Are you sorry you joined a Medicare Advantage plan?

Monday, January 15, 2018

A: Those of you who regret your decision to join a Medicare Advantage plan have a limited amount of time to change your mind. You have an opportunity to return to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) if you take action during the annual Medicare Advantage ...

Q: What are the 2018 Part A and B premiums and deductibles?

Monday, January 8, 2018

A: The 2017 and 2018 amounts are shown in the chart below.   Part A 2017 2018 Hospital Deductible $1,316 $1,340 Hospital Copayment $329/day for days 61-90; $658/day for days 91-150; $335/day for days 61 ...

Q: Will I be getting a new Medicare card?

Monday, December 18, 2017

A: In an effort to protect your identity, you will receive a new Medicare card showing a randomly generated Medicare number instead of a number based on your Social Security number. Here’s what you need to know: You will receive your new card between ...

Q: Will my Medicare Supplement plan cover me overseas?

Monday, December 11, 2017

A: Some (but not all) Medicare Supplement plans will cover overseas travel. You’ll want to choose Plan C, D, F, G, M or N if this benefit is important to you. The supplement will pay 80% of Medicare approved charges as long as the service is one that...

Q: Are there some drugs that Medicare Part D does not cover?

Monday, November 27, 2017

A: Part D plans don’t cover medications covered by Part A or Part B. You must have a prescription for the drug; over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not covered. Even if prescribed by a physician, Part D plans will not cover medicines used for weight ga ...

Q: Do Part D plans cover cancer drugs??

Monday, November 20, 2017

A: Cancer drugs may be covered by Medicare Part A, Part B or Part D depending on where you receive them and how they are administered. Any chemotherapy or other cancer drugs received while you are a hospital inpatient will be covered by Part A. Part B cov ...


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today we’re celebrating National Fast Food Day and we’re talking healthy alternatives. We all have those days when the drive thru is the most suitable option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But it doesn’t always mean you have to ruin your healthy diet. We’ve taken a couple fast food menus and picked healthy alternatives from each one so you have a healthy option for those busy days. Healthy AND delicious, we might add!

Q: How big is the Part D late enrollment penalty?

Monday, November 13, 2017

A: If you wait to sign up on a Part D drug plan until you actually need one - as opposed to when you first become eligible at age 65 - you’ll pay a late enrollment penalty for every month you could have been enrolled in a drug plan but you failed to ...

Q: What if my doctor prescribes a drug not on my plan's formulary?

Monday, November 6, 2017

A: Watch as our Medicare Education Specialist, Jan Graves, explains the answer.
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