Medicare Could Be Insolvent In 2024: How To Prevent It

By Chris Farrell, Next Avenue Even as America’s balkanized health care system struggles to deal with the pandemic, the coronavirus lurks behind another looming crisis. Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is projected to become insolvent in 2024 or 2026 — just three to five years from now. Yet you probably haven’t heard about that. Spending […]

Congress Moves To Fix Medicare Enrollment, But Misses The Biggest Problem

In its massive end-of-year spending bill, Congress slipped in some important changes that may improve Medicare coverage for hundreds of thousands of older adults who don’t enroll when they first are eligible. Unfortunately, lawmakers only did half the job. The changes will help, but Congress chose to ignore the real cause of the problem. This […]

Check Out These 10 Medicare Tips For 2021

2020 is coming to an end. If you’re on Medicare, here are some tips to help ensure you’re on the best track for the new year. Two things happened during Open Enrollment that merit giving some attention to your drug plan’s network. One national chain seemed to be out of network in more plans than […]

How To Make Smart Medicare Open Enrollment Choices In 2020

The 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment season runs from October 15 through December 7 and it’ll be even trickier than normal for new and existing beneficiaries. That’s due to a combination of Covid-19, changes in Medicare rules and new types of coverage offered by private Medicare Advantage plans. So, Next Avenue talked to Medicare experts for […]

Your Medicare Plan’s Annual Notice Of Changes: Have You Read It?

If you have a Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plan, you’ll want to read this post. By now, you should have received an envelope labeled with “Important Plan Information” in bold type. If you’re like most, you probably don’t recall getting this notice, which can be 15-30 pages or more, depending on your […]

How Beneficiaries Can Prevent Medicare Fraud

Medicare and its more than 62 million beneficiaries are under attack from an army of scammers eager to pillage the program. Their primary aim is defrauding Medicare itself, costing the program billions of dollars a year. Their schemes, however, often rely on targeting beneficiaries directly, stealing their identities or enlisting them as unwitting accomplices. Medicare […]

Updates To The Medicare Plan Finder: The Biggest Plus And A Huge Minus

Over the last few months, it seems as though every time I visit the Medicare Plan Finder, something has changed – an interactive map, different fonts and layouts, new filters and more. However, there is one change that rises to the top of my list as being the most significant and there is still one […]