Part B

Medicare Part B Premium to Rise 6.7%

The CMS announced it will increase Medicare Part B premiums about 6.7% for most enrollees in 2020. The 2020 increase is up from an increase of 1.1% in 2019, and up from no increase in 2018. The annual Part B deductible will increase 7%, to $198. The Social Security...

The Basics of Qualified Health Plan (QHP)

Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) are health insurance policies that meet protections and requirements set by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They are typically not for people with Medicare. QHPs must:Follow federally established cost-sharing limitsProvide essential health...

Part B enrollment decisions with QHP coverage

If you have a Qualified Health Plan (QHP), deciding what to do as you approach Medicare eligibility depends on your circumstances. In most cases, you should enroll in Medicare and disenroll from your QHP, but there are two exceptions:You have End-Stage Renal Disease...

What is Original Medicare?

Medicare Part A, also called “original Medicare,” is the insurance plan that covers hospital stays and services. It also covers stays in skilled nursing facilities, walkers and wheelchairs, and hospice care. It even covers home healthcare services if you’re unable to...

What Does Medicare Cover?

When it comes to healthcare, it’s important to know what is covered and what isn’t. Because there are so many different plans for Medicare, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Fortunately, there are tools to make this process easier. Medicare is...