MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: Does Medicare cover the flu shot?

Monday, February 19, 2018

A: Medicare will cover the flu shot whether you are on Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or a Medicare Advantage plan. If you are on Original Medicare, your flu shot will not cost you anything as long as you go to a doctor or pharmacist that accepts M ...

Q: Would I ever want to drop Part B?

Monday, February 12, 2018

A: Let’s assume you are not working and you have already signed up for Part A and Part B. If you or your spouse re-enters the workforce and lands a job with employer health coverage, you may decide you really don’t need your employer plan and ...

Q: Does Medicare cover screenings for heart disease?

Monday, February 5, 2018

A: That’s a timely question - February is American Heart Month. And it’s an important question since heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country. The answer is yes, Medicare does offer cardiovascular screenings. Take advantage ...

Q: Have I worked long enough to qualify for Medicare?

Monday, January 29, 2018

A: Most people have worked long enough to qualify for premium-free Part A hospital insurance. If you or your spouse have paid FICA taxes for at least 40 quarters (ten years), you will not be required to pay a monthly premium for Part A once you start your ...

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 ...

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