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Medicare for Older Adults

Medicare is a federal health insurance program, covering a wide range of services to keep you healthy as you get older. Learn more about the different parts of Medicare, how to enroll, what it could cost, and what health care services Medicare does and does not cover.

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Expert Help to Understand Medicare Plan Options

Did you know that Medicare isn’t free, which means you need to consider plan coverage and prices before you enroll? Or that if you don’t enroll on time during your initial enrollment period, you could face a penalty? Navigating your Medicare selection needs and priorities may feel overwhelming. That’s why NCOA’s Age Well Planner offers free, personalized Medicare advice so you can find the plan that's right for you. 

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What is Original Medicare (Parts A and B)?

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Dec 7, 2020

What is Medicare Part D?

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Nov 19, 2020

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Nov 12, 2020

What Medicare Part D Costs in 2021

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Nov 10, 2020

Medicare Low Income Subsidy: Get Extra Help Paying for Part D

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Sep 15, 2020

Aging with Dignity Shouldn’t be a Stroke of Luck

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Aug 3, 2020

Hospice Care for People with Medicare

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Jun 22, 2020

Medicare Part D Late Enrollment Penalty

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Apr 28, 2020

Medicare Changes in 2020: Facts for Consumers

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Apr 28, 2020

What Is a Part D Indication-Based Formulary?

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Apr 2, 2020

Ensuring Access to Needed Medications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Nov 23, 2019

About the Medicare General Enrollment Period

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Oct 31, 2019

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment

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Sep 3, 2019

Medicare and Hearing Health for Seniors

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Jun 25, 2019

Medicare Preventive Services: Coverage and Costs

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May 12, 2019

Medicare for Federal and State Employees and Retirees

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Apr 11, 2019

The Costs in Medicare Advantage/Part C

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Apr 8, 2019

Medicare Coverage of Advance Care Planning

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Mar 30, 2019

Differences Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

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Nov 1, 2018

Avoiding the Part D Donut Hole

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Nov 1, 2018

Understanding the Medicare Enrollment Periods

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Oct 12, 2018

Turning 65? Follow Your Path to Medicare

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Jun 1, 2018

Did You Receive a Letter from Social Security? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Joining a Medicare Advantage Plan

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Medigap Policy

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Sep 20, 2017

What People with Medicare Need to Know About the Marketplace

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Nov 28, 2016

Hospital Transition and Discharge Planning

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