Medicare is a government health insurance program for individuals who are 65 and older. This insurance program also provides health coverage for people who have certain disabilities or have permanent kidney failure. The program has four main parts that cover a range of medical services from doctor visits, inpatient hospital stays, surgeries, lab tests, and prescription drug coverage.
It's important to know the different parts of Medicare coverage, your Medicare rights and protections, and how to find the right Medicare insurance option to reduce your Medicare out of pocket costs. The below articles are simple and consumer-friendly:
The government provides assistance to Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and those who suffer from chronic conditions. The following links are to informational pages related to assistance for seniors as well as additional information on Medicare coverage for durable medical equipment, nursing homes, and other assisted living facilities.
With many Medicare Plan Options available, it can be difficult to find the right health plan for your medical needs. HealthPocket provides unbiased consumer-oriented research to empower people to make their wisest decisions regarding Medicare coverage. Additionally, we provide a Medicare premium comparison tool at the top of this page so you can review the cost differences among different Medicare options:
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Medicare Advantage has re-emerged as a battleground in America’s ongoing political conflict over health reform. Republicans condemn the Affordable Care Act’s proposed reductions in Medicare Advantage funding while Democrats often portray Medicare Advantage as a program whose wasteful overspending must be constrained. Some in the media have advanced nearer the frontline of this battle than many […]Read More »
Most recent Medicare questions and answers from the HealthPocket community
I am currently on Providence Medicare Choice in Portland and am living out of area in Lin coln City, Oregon. Do I have to wait for the Oct. 15 Medicare Change period before switching to Moda.