NCOA Blog Medicare

Homepage > Blog > Medicare

New Congress begins slowly, but seniors’ priorities remain on the docket

As the partial government shutdown extends into a fourth week and becomes the longest one on record, we continue to monitor the effects on benefits and services that older adults rely on.

Read

What’s New for Medicare in 2019

Medicare changes every year. Here’s what you should expect in 2019.

Read

Avoiding the Part D Donut Hole

Did you or someone you work with fall into the Medicare Part D “donut hole” this year? Find out whether you can avoid the donut hole altogether and how to get financial assistance if you do fall into the coverage gap.

Read

Evaluating Medicare’s New Tools for Open Enrollment

Just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment, Medicare.gov has three new web tools designed to help beneficiaries better understand and compare their coverage options. Should people with Medicare rely on the tools to pick a plan? Read our review.

Read

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During the Open Enrollment Period

Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but difficult decision. During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15-December 7), use the 4Cs of Medicare – Coverage, Cost, Convenience, and Customer Service – to assess the quality of your current plan and, if needed, find a new one that better fits your needs.

Read

Aging on the Rio Grande

People living far from where the desert sun rises above the Rio Grande tend to think of the border in its most rigid terms — a concrete divide between two countries. However, living — and aging — in El Paso, TX, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Read

How to Use Veterans Benefits with Medicare

If you are a veteran or family member of a veteran, you should know how Medicare works in conjunction with your existing veteran health coverage.

Read