MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: Should I check my Medicare Supplement during the Open Enrollment Period?

Monday, September 18, 2017

A: It is not necessary to check your supplement plan during the October 15 – December 7 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The coverage provided by your supplement plan does not change from one year to the next. It’s your prescription drug ...

Q: Can I get help paying for my Part D prescriptions?

Monday, August 28, 2017

A: The "Extra Help" program helps people on Medicare pay for their Part D prescriptions if they meet certain financial guidelines. People who receive this assistance typically don't have to pay a monthly premium. Their copays will be $3.30 o ...

Q: What is equitable relief?

Monday, August 14, 2017

A: Equitable relief can be a lifeline for people who did not sign up for Part B on time. If the reason you did not enroll in Part B on time was a result of incorrect information you received from a representative of the federal government (for example, th ...

Q: Why would Social Security call me?

Monday, August 7, 2017

A: They wouldn’t. People impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA) may call you, but legitimate SSA representatives will not contact you and ask you to verify personal information. People behind these scams will sometimes take a topic t ...

Q: Why would Medicare call me?

Monday, July 24, 2017

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A: They wouldn’t. People impersonating Medicare may call you, but a legitimate representative of Medicare will not contact you and ask you to verify personal information.Telepho ...

Q: I finally got approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI). When do I get Medicare?

Monday, July 17, 2017

A: People who qualify for Medicare based on disability typically wait 29 months for Medicare coverage to begin. There’s a five month waiting period for your first SSDI payment and then you must wait an additional 24 months before your Medicare becomes effective.

Q: What is a benefit period?

Monday, July 10, 2017

A: If you are on Original Medicare, you’ll want to understand how a benefit period impacts an inpatient hospital stay. A benefit period starts the day you are admitted and it ends when you have been discharged from the facility with no readmissions ...

Q: What is a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice?

Monday, June 19, 2017

A: The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) is written documentation provided to people on Medicare who are hospitalized without actually being admitted to the hospital. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Staying overnight in the hospital does n ...

Q: Will Medicare pay for a program to help me stop smoking?

Monday, June 12, 2017

A: Medicare Part B pays for eight counseling sessions per year for those of us battling addiction to tobacco products. If you’ve not been diagnosed with an illness caused by smoking, the sessions are considered a preventive service. You will not be ...

Q: Can I “go paperless” with Medicare?

Monday, June 5, 2017

A: You can help save trees by going paperless with some Medicare publications. Consider signing up for an electronic version of the Medicare & You handbook. The eHandbook version is searchable and updated throughout the year. Follow the “Go pape ...

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