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Top 7 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Medicare

Cake. Balloons. Medicare?! Your 65 birthday represents a milestone in your retirement. When you turn 65 it’s your golden opportunity to select a Medicare plan to meet your needs. Medicare may seem complicated at first glance, but it doesn’t have to be. The help of a knowledgeable SelectQuote agent removes uncertainty when shopping for Medicare. He or she will simplify the process for your current and long-term healthcare needs. When purchasing your Medicare plan, it’s important to consider the plan premium and the value it provides. “Think about your healthcare long term,” advised David Perlberg, a licensed SelectQuote insurance sales…

Understanding Medicare Prescription Coverage

If you’re among the 59 million Americans on Medicare – 18 percent of the population and growing – you’re probably well aware of the Medicare prescription coverage gap, often called the “doughnut hole.” With 2019 just weeks away, fall is the time to plan your Medicare coverage, as certain rules change for the coming year. The good news is that Congress passed a bipartisan prescription drug coverage deal in February, so you should spend less on drugs in 2019. Open enrollment began October 15 and you’ll want to compare your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage options to make sure…

Getting on Medicare Before Age 65

The annual Medicare enrollment period is about to begin, bringing with it a lot of questions about choosing your coverage, understanding the alphabet soup of its various parts and finding out why and how to get supplemental coverage. Among the many questions people have around this time of year is, “Can I get on Medicare early?” Before we start talking about that, let’s get some perspective on Medicare by looking at some statistics from the 2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds. It’s the annual report of…

What Medicare Covers When Traveling

What do most people say they want to do when they retire? Travel. Depending on your needs in retirement, your Medicare health insurance program may not make the best travel companion.  In the past, we’ve addressed in detail what Medicare A, B, C and D plans cover. Medicare Part A and Part B together cover essential medical scenarios such as hospital stays, doctor visits and medical equipment. Twist an ankle hiking and you may want those crutches. Whether at home or on the road, these are worthwhile services. But if you plan to travel quite a bit in retirement, let’s examine…

How to Plan for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Every year, the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) or Open Enrollment kicks off Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7. Whether you are newly eligible for Medicare or already in a plan, you’ll want to consider several items in preparation for the enrollment period. We outline steps to help ensure you get the most out of your planning. Already Enrolled in Medicare? The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is an important time for you. Before the AEP starts, it’s always good to review your current needs and anticipate what you might need in the coming year. Perhaps you now need prescription drug coverage.…

Choosing the Right Medicare Coverage

,As you approach age 65, Medicare is on your radar. Medical expenses are one of the biggest costs you’ll face. Making a smart decision about Medicare coverage can do a lot for your health and your wealth. To get started, you will want to make sure you are choosing the right coverage option and considering any extra coverage you may need. But how do you enroll in the plan that keeps you covered at a price point that fits your budget? These steps will show you how to do exactly that. Choosing Between Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage The alphabet…

Understanding Healthcare Costs in Retirement

What to expect to spend on health care in retirement is the big question for future retirees. The reality is there is no simple answer. By understanding estimates of Medicare premiums and other related expenses, as well as some of the ways costs can be reduced, you can start to put some of the pieces of the health care puzzle together. Unpacking Average Healthcare Cost Estimates Several different estimates related to what people can expect to spend on healthcare costs in retirement are out there. One of the most commonly quoted figures is $280,000 from a Fidelity study. Equally staggering…

Understanding Medicare: Parts A Through D

It is never too early for someone to start thinking about healthcare coverage. As you approach age 65, Medicare insurance may be top of mind. Most people in the workforce, or their spouses, have been paying into the Medicare fund for most of their working lives. It is your right and in your best interest to understand what Medicare options you might have coming. Medicare is broken down into four parts — A, B, C and D. Let’s take them letter by letter. Medicare Part A: Inpatient Hospital, Skilled Nursing Home, Home Health and Hospice Care The U.S. Congress enacted…

Obamacare 101: What You Need to Know Before Open Enrollment

Health insurance is a key part of your financial wellness, but nearly half of Americans do not get insurance coverage through work. If you are one of the 44% who has to get healthcare on your own, the process can be a bit confusing. Below is a quick breakdown of how it works and what you should know about the Affordable Care Act before you choose your health coverage for 2017 open enrollment. Affordable Care Act Marketplaces The Affordable Care Act is legislation signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, that made historic changes in the availability and delivery…

Ask an Agent: What Types of Life Insurance Does SelectQuote Sell?

SelectQuote agent Bethany Bentley tells us a little bit about herself and addresses the frequently asked question of what types of life insurance SelectQuote sell. Bethany, How Long Have You Been a SelectQuote Agent? I’ve been with SelectQuote for three years now. What’s Your Favorite Thing About Being a SelectQuote Agent? I really enjoy helping clients who ate new to term life insurance, because I can walk them through the process from A to Z. Together, we can determine the right level of coverage and term length to fit their needs and goals. From there, I can use my expertise…

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