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What are Medicare “star ratings” and how are they measured?

Medicare rates Medicare Advantage and Part D (prescription drug plans) using something called Medicare stars. A 5-star rating is the best, while a 1-star rating is the worst. When you’re trying to choose a Medicare Advantage or Part D (prescription drug) plan, all the choices can be overwhelming. The star rating program was put in

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How do I know which doctors accept Medicare assignment?

First off, let’s define what Medicare assignment is and the impact it can have on your out-of-pocket costs. One of the most significant potential gaps in Original Medicare is healthcare providers’ ability to bill you for something called excess charges if they don’t accept Medicare Assignment. They may still accept you as a Medicare patient,

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What is the “Welcome to Medicare” physical all about?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit once within the first 12 months you have Part B. This visit includes a review of your medical history and counseling about preventive services. There is no cost to you for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit if your doctor or other qualified

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What happens if my Medicare doctor is not in the network?

The answer to this question depends on the type of Medicare plan you have. When we talk about Medicare plans with networks, we are generally talking about Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO-POS, or PPO plans. HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization and is a type of plan that requires you to see doctors in its network.

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Why do I have to answer medical questions to get a Medigap plan?

When you turn 65 and sign up for Medicare Part B, you have a six-month open enrollment period for Medicare Supplements Plans. This period starts on the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. During open enrollment, you can purchase any Medicare Supplement policy without answering any medical questions. This is called guaranteed

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What is the initial Medicare (IEP) enrollment period?

The Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) is seven months in length and occurs three months before your turn 65, the month of your birthday, and three months after. The IEP is for enrollment in Medicare Part A and Part B. The Initial Enrollment period is the same for Medicare Advantage but for Medicare Supplement policies

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