MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: Do I Need To Join A Part D Plan If I Don't Take Any Drugs?

Monday, October 30, 2017

A: Watch as our Medicare Education Specialist, Jan Graves, explains the answer.
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Q: How do I compare drug plans?

Monday, October 23, 2017

A: Medicare’s official website is your go-to destination to look at all the Part D plans available in your state. The site’s Plan Finder tool will generate a list of the top ten plans in terms of estimated annual cost based on ...

Q: Why should I do a Part D plan comparison every year?

Monday, October 16, 2017

A: Part D plans have an opportunity to change the drugs they cover as well as their premiums, deductibles and copay amounts every year. It’s not safe to assume the plan you have this year will work as well for you next year. What happens if one of y ...

Q: Can I get help paying for my drugs while I am in the Donut Hole?

Monday, September 25, 2017

A: You may be able to get financial assistance from a drug manufacturer while you are in the Donut Hole. If your income is below a certain level – and that level varies from one company to another – you may qualify for getting your drugs at no ...

Q: Should I check my Medicare Supplement during the Open Enrollment Period?

Monday, September 18, 2017

A: It is not necessary to check your supplement plan during the October 15 – December 7 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The coverage provided by your supplement plan does not change from one year to the next. It’s your prescription drug ...

Q: Can I get help paying for my Part D prescriptions?

Monday, August 28, 2017

A: The "Extra Help" program helps people on Medicare pay for their Part D prescriptions if they meet certain financial guidelines. People who receive this assistance typically don't have to pay a monthly premium. Their copays will be $3.30 o ...

Q: What is equitable relief?

Monday, August 14, 2017

A: Equitable relief can be a lifeline for people who did not sign up for Part B on time. If the reason you did not enroll in Part B on time was a result of incorrect information you received from a representative of the federal government (for example, th ...

Q: Why would Social Security call me?

Monday, August 7, 2017

A: They wouldn’t. People impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA) may call you, but legitimate SSA representatives will not contact you and ask you to verify personal information. People behind these scams will sometimes take a topic t ...

Q: Why would Medicare call me?

Monday, July 24, 2017

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A: They wouldn’t. People impersonating Medicare may call you, but a legitimate representative of Medicare will not contact you and ask you to verify personal information.Telepho ...

Q: I finally got approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI). When do I get Medicare?

Monday, July 17, 2017

A: People who qualify for Medicare based on disability typically wait 29 months for Medicare coverage to begin. There’s a five month waiting period for your first SSDI payment and then you must wait an additional 24 months before your Medicare becomes effective.

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