Does Medicare cover Hospital Care?

Hospital care usually has considerable cost, and it leaves seniors wondering what is covered and what they will have to pay for. That's why Senior65 is making this Medicare guide to Hospital Coverage.

Natural Disaster Medicare Special Enrollment Program

CMS will provide a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals affected by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes who need to enroll in, disenroll from or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans and have missed another enrollment period (i.e., either aging in or a SEP). This opportunity will be available in areas for which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared an emergency or major disaster and FEMA has determined they are eligible for Public or Individual assistance. It is available at the start of the incident period and runs for 4 full months.

Special one-time only switch to Medigap Plan F Extra ends 4/15

Blue Shield is temporarily allowing existing Medigap members* to enroll in their new Medigap Plan F Extra without underwriting approval. This is a rare opportunity as Blue Shield usually requires a health review before allowing members to switch to plan F Extra.
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids may seem unaffordable to many seniors, leaving them wondering if Medicare covers the costs. And, if not, how will they pay for their hearing aid costs, that can range to several thousand dollars.

Medicare’s Initial Enrollment Period Explained

It is important to know how the dates work when enrolling in Medicare to get the most out of it. Initial enrollment in Original Medicare, Part A or Part B, happens automatically if you are about to turn 65 and already getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits. If not, you will need to sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B during the Initial Open Enrollment.

WellCare to be acquired by Centene

Centene, a major insurance company that has widely expanded under the Affordable Care Act, announced its intention to buy WellCare, a smaller company based in Florida, for about $15.3 Billion. This deal would mean the creation of a health care giant selling health plans under the huge government programs Medicare and Medicaid. The combined company is expected to cover 22 million people in all 50 states.

How will the CVS-Aetna merger affect Medicare Insurance?

Following CVS Health's acquisition of Aetna there are some questions to be answered about how this affects Medicare Insurance, specially Part D...

What if I have Medicare then Return to Work?

To add up to the Medicare confusion comes this question: "What happens if I enroll in Medicare, then go back to work using my employer's insurance, then leave work again?" Well it is more simple than it sounds. It follows the same rule as if you had left work coverage after turning 65. You get a Special Enrollment Period which you can use to enroll back into Medicare.

Medicare Advantage: Pros and Cons

Finding the right Medicare insurance can be rather confusing for seniors - especially when parsing through the 150-page "Medicare and You" booklet that the government sends out as you approach age 65. We have made a list of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a MA plan that should help you understand if this product is right for you.

Does Medicare cover Diabetes Treatment and Supplies?

Having Diabetes usually leaves seniors confused about what Medicare covers. With all the drugs, supplies and various other needs, it can all become quite a mess. Here you will find the answers to how Medicare covers Diabetes Treatment and Supplies.

What if I Miss My Medigap Deadline?

If you have missed your Medicare Supplement initial enrollment period when you are first eligible for Medicare Part B, you might think, "I'm out of luck." But that's not always the case. There are a few options....

What if I missed my Medicare Advantage or my Part D Drug Deadline?

When you first turn 65, you have a window to enroll in Medicare Advantage and your Medicare Prescription Drug coverage, which you can check using our Deadline Calculator. If for any reason you miss your deadline to enroll, don't worry. You still have a couple of chances to get Medicare Advantage or your Part D.