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Telehealth

Posted on May 9, 2019 at 10:10 PM

Telehealth use jumped 53% from 2016 to 2017, outpacing all other sites of care, according to a new report. But Medicare pays for telehealth services only if the beneficiary is in a rural area with a shortage of health professionals or lives in a county outside of a metropolitan area. It also limits which providers can bill for such services.


Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain telehealth services. You pay 20% of t...

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Changes to Original Medicare Deductibles, Coinsurance and Out-of-Pocket Limits, Eff. January 1, 2019

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 10:45 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 Original Medicare cost share amounts on October 12, 2018. 


Medicare Hospital Coverage (Part A) 

Part A Deductible* $1,364 a $24 Increase

Part A Coinsurance: *Inpatient Hospital Care (Days 61 thru 90) $341 per day a $6 Increase per day

Lifetime Reserve Coinsurance: *Inpatient Hospital Care (Days 91 thru 150) $682 per day a $12 Increase...

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New Medicare Cards are coming!

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 3:25 PM

New Medicare Cards are coming! Medicare is mailing new cards between April 2018 and April 2019. The new card has a Medicare Number unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. Your new card will automatically come to you—just make sure Social Security has your most up-to-date address. For more information, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard.


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Medicare 2018 costs at a glance

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Medicare 2018 costs at a glance


Part A premium

Most people don't pay a monthly premium for Part A (sometimes called "premium-free Part A"). If you buy Part A, you'll pay up to $422 each month. If you paid Medicare taxes for less than 30 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $422. If you paid Medicare taxes for 30-39 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $232.

Part A hospital inpatient deductible and...

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Gaps In Medicare

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Medicare DOES NOT cover the cost of routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and most long-term services and supports.


Specifically, Medicare does not cover custodial care, which means the care for people who are unable to live independently, but do not have an acute condition requiring skilled medical services. For example, people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias living in nursing homes would not have their residential bil...

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MEDICARE 2016 & 2017 COSTS AT A GLANCE

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Part A Premium

Most people don't pay a monthly premium for Part A (sometimes called "premium-free Part A"). If you buy Part A, you'll pay up to $411 each month ($413 in 2017).


Part A Hospital Inpatient Deductible and Coinsurance

You pay:

  • $1,288 deductible for each benefit period ($1,316 in 2017)
  • Days 1-60: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period ($0 in 2017)
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