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Your Medicare Questions Answered at AARP Health Website

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Discover at the Medicare Education Hub sponsored by AARP.

Are you getting ready to turn 65 and aren’t sure when to sign up for Medicare?

SOURCE: www.AARPhealthcare.com

If you plan to use Medicare for health coverage after the age of 65, you should consider signing up for Medicare Parts A and B up to three months prior to turning 65. Don’t put off enrolling in Medicare! If you don’t sign up for Part B or Part D when you are first eligible, you may have to pay a penalty when you enroll later. This is just one of many tips you’ll discover at the Medicare Education Hub sponsored by AARP.


Medicare Cost Updates for 2013

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2013 Medicare Cost Updates

Now, everyone on Medicare can get free preventive services like mammograms and cancer screenings, as well as a yearly wellness visit.

The Affordable Care Act has made many improvements to Original Medicare, including delivering better benefits while curbing costs.

Now, everyone on Medicare can get free preventive services like mammograms and cancer screenings, as well as a yearly wellness visit.

In addition, prescription drugs are more affordable for seniors who hit the donut hole and premiums are barely increasing – some are even decreasing. Take a look:

  • Medicare Part A Premium: Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. Only about 1 percent of people with Medicare pay a  premium for Part A services—you need to have paid Medicare payroll taxes for 40 quarters of employment or be married to someone who did. For those few affected, the 2013 Part A premium is decreasing to $441, down from $451 in 2012.
  • Medicare Part A Deductible: This deductible is the cost to people with Medicare for up to 60 days of Medicare-covered inpatient services in the hospitals for each benefit period (a benefit period starts the day a patient is admitted and ends      when the patient has been out of the hospital for 60 days in a row.) This will increase to $1,184 in 2013, up from $1156 this year (an increase of 2.4%). Read more

Medicare Health Benefits FAQ

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Medicare FAQsYou have access to a wide range of health care options under Medicare. Use this FAQ to help you choose the best plan for your situation.

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program. You qualify for it if you are age 65 or older, or if you are younger but have certain disabilities or end-stage renal disease. Medicare coverage is divided into four parts: A, B, C and D.

What is Original Medicare?

Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B together make up what is called Original Medicare or sometimes referred to as Traditional Medicare. Medicare Part A is hospital insurance. It covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and home health services. Medicare Part B is medical insurance. It covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventative services. Read more