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Getting on Medicare Before Age 65

Among the many questions people have about Medicare benefits is, “Can I get on Medicare early, before turning 65?” The annual Medicare enrollment period is about to begin, bringing with it a lot of questions about how to get on Medicare early, choosing your coverage, understanding the alphabet soup of its various parts and finding out why and how to get supplemental coverage. 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 the boards that oversee the trust funds that provide the money behind the program we all know as “Medicare.” According to the report, “In 2017, Medicare covered 58.4 million people: 49.5 million aged 65 and older, and 8.9 million disabled. Total expenditures in 2017…

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. If your current coverage is not providing everything you need, you can now modify your plans for next year. Or conversely, maybe you obtained services this year that are no longer of value. The AEP provides an opportunity to drop or switch plans. Furthermore, Medicare health and drug plans could…