MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: How long does a doctor have to submit a claim to Medicare?

Monday, June 18, 2018

A: Claims must be submitted to Medicare within one calendar year of the date of service.  The limited exceptions to this “timely filing requirement” are shown below. Retroactive Medicare entitlement for those qualifying because of disab ...

Q: Aren’t there some exceptions to the Medigap underwriting process?

Monday, June 4, 2018

A: You won’t have to go through medical underwriting (in other words, answer any medical questions) if you apply for your Medicare Supplement (also called Medigap) plan within six months of your Part B effective date. Like many rules and regulations ...

Q: What should I know about the Medicare Supplement underwriting process?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A: According to , underwriting is a process used by insurance companies to try to figure out your health status when you're applying for health insurance coverage to determine whether to offer you coverage, at what price, and with what exclusions or limits.

Q: What are Medicare taxes?

Monday, May 14, 2018

A: The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) authorizes two types of taxes to be deducted from your paycheck – Medicare taxes and Social Security taxes. Both types of taxes must be paid. You pay half and your employer pays the other half. 6.2 p ...

Q: How do I know which facility is best?

Monday, May 7, 2018

A: Use one of the “compare tools” on to find a nursing home, hospital, home health care provider, dialysis facility, medical equipment supplier or long-term care hospital that best fit your needs. Look on the lower left hand p ...

Q: When is the best time to buy a Medicare Supplement plan?

Monday, April 30, 2018

A: The best time to buy a Medicare Supplement plan is when you are not required to go through the medical underwriting process (answer questions about your health). You don’t have to answer any medical questions if you purchase your supplement plan within six months of your Part B effective date.  

Is It True That Medicare Has No Vision Benefits?

Monday, April 23, 2018

A: Yes. And no. Medicare will not pay for a routine eye examination to see if you need new glasses. And they won’t pay for your glasses or your contacts either. Medicare will pay to treat diseases of the eye such as macular degeneration and cataract ...

See what you can do online!

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's National Social Security Month! Check out all the great things you can do online! 

Q: How big is the Part B late enrollment penalty?

Monday, April 2, 2018

A: Big! And the later you are signing up, the bigger it gets. If you don’t sign up for Part B during your Initial Enrollment Period or, if you qualify, during a Special Enrollment Period, you’ll be charged a penalty for every 12-month period y ...

Q: Will Medicare cover me when I travel to other parts of the country?

Monday, March 26, 2018

A: The answer: it depends. Part A and Part B (your hospital and medical coverage) is accepted throughout the country. The same is true if you have a Medicare Supplement plan. Just be sure to use a provider that accepts Medicare. It’s more complicate ...

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