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How PPO Plans Work

Medicare Advantage | A Quick Look at How PPO Plans Work

May 27th, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

How PPO Plans Work – Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) are a type of health insurance that works with a specific network of medical providers, such as hospitals and doctors, to …

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Understanding Part D Drug Plan Protocols

What is Step Therapy in Medicare? | Understanding Part D Drug Plan Protocols

May 27th, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Step Therapy in Medicare is a cost-saving mechanism that mandates starting with more affordable medications before progressing to costlier ones.

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HMO and PPO Plans

Medicare Advantage – The Differences Between HMO and PPO Plans

May 22nd, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

You’ll encounter the two most common types, HMO and PPO Plans – These plans offer different structures for delivering benefits to serve varied healthcare needs and preferences.

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Medicare Advantage Dental Coverage

Medicare Advantage Dental Coverage

May 21st, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Medicare Advantage Dental Coverage – As we age, maintaining oral health becomes paramount. Medicare Advantage plans typically have a designated network of dental service providers.

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Physicians Mutual Innovative Plan G

Physicians Mutual Innovative Plan G | Enhanced Medicare Coverage Options

May 21st, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Among the various plans available, Physicians Mutual Innovative Plan G stands out as an option designed to fill those coverage gaps that Medicare Parts A and B do not cover.

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Medicare Card

Can I Laminate My Medicare Card?

May 19th, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Laminating your Medicare card can protect it from wear and tear.  However, we went looking for official advice on whether this is a permissible practice.

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medicare irmaa appeal

Medicare IRMAA | Step-by-Step Guide to the Appeal Process

May 19th, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

You have the right to appeal if you believe there has been a mistake in your Medicare IRMAA calculation.  You can also appeal if your financial situation has changed since …

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medicare vision benefits

Medicare Vision Benefits

May 19th, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Medicare Part B offers coverage for outpatient medical needs, but it typically EXCLUDES routine vision care.  Original Medicare doesn’t cover routine eye exams for prescription glasses or contact lenses.

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What is Medicare Insurance

What is Medicare Insurance ?

March 31st, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Medicare provides health insurance to individuals 65+ and those with certain disabilities. Healthcare costs can be significant, especially as you age.  Medicare provides some financial protection against overwhelming medical bills.

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Medicare Advantage Plans | Growing Market Share

Medicare Advantage Plans | Growing Market Share

January 22nd, 2024 by Rodney POWELL

Over the past decade, enrollment in Part C has grown significantly, from just 19% of the total Medicare beneficiary population in 2007 to 51% in 2023. The Congressional Budget Office …

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