When people turn 65, they qualify for Medicare – and if they miss the initial enrollment period, they can face lifetime penalties as a result. The punishment can seem harsh, especially given that some people may miss the deadline simply due to a lack of awareness regarding the rules. The BENES Act aims to rectify the situation.
Social Security beneficiaries will be getting a little more money in 2018. The Social Security Administration has released its Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018. It’s based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) between the third quarter and 2016 and the third quarter of 2017.
These days, everything is done online, from shopping and banking to dating and working. People are even getting medical care online. Telemedicine offers many benefits, and you should make sure your Medicare clients know about it.
Identity theft is a serious problem in the modern world. To minimize the risk, people are warned to keep sensitive information private – but that’s difficult to do when your Social Security Number is written on your Medicare card. This is why CMS will start issuing new Medicare cards that do not include Social Security Numbers.
Topics: Medicare ID cards
A big thanks to all of you who are joining us this week for #WAPCon2017. We got off to a great start on Tuesday. Below are some snapshots from our Day 1 Highlight Reel …
Medicare beneficiaries receive multiple notices. Some of these require a response; others do not. Some are standard notices that are sent out regularly; others are unique to your situation. To help you make sense of the letters you get, here’s some information on a few of the most common forms.
Topics: medicare notices
You’re waiting for an important email, but no matter how many times you refresh your account, the email doesn’t materialize. It could be that the sender has forgotten to send it, but if you know that’s not the case, it’s time to look for issues in your own account. Luckily, fixing the problem might be simple once you learn a technique sometimes called white listing.
Topics: white listing
Good news! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have just released their all-new official government guide. It includes important information about:
Cigna-HealthSpring is ready to play ball. Their plan has received a 4.5-star rating, a strong indicator that the insurer is a heavy hitter in terms of member service and customer satisfaction. It’s a whole new ballgame, so let’s get ready to knock it out of the park.
Health care is complicated, and Medicare is no exception. Knowing when to enroll in Medicare is important because a missed deadline can lead to expensive penalties.
Topics: medicare enrollment