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How to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Medicare charges late enrollment penalties that take some people by surprise. These penalties are designed to discourage older Americans from passing up Medicare coverage and possibly incurring high medical bills down the road. Take steps to avoid these penalties, so you do not have to pay higher Medicare premiums. What Penalties Does Medicare Impose? You end up paying more for Medicare if you enroll late...

Can I Be Denied a Medicare Supplement Plan?

Whether you can be denied supplemental insurance for Medicare depends on when you apply for the coverage. Timing is crucial if you want to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan without penalties. The process is simple if you beat the clock. When you turn 65, age into Medicare, and sign up for Part B coverage, you cannot be denied Medicare supplemental insurance for the following...

How Do Medicare Advantage Plans Work?

Medicare has four different parts -- Part A (hospitalization), Part B (healthcare services), Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Medicare Advantage Plans are an alternative to Original Medicare for Part A and Part B coverage. These plans are offered by private companies approved by Medicare and administered according to set Medicare rules. Because they work like private health insurance, Part...