|•|| 2018 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL): 2018/2019 LIS Qualifications and Benefits
The 2018 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines determine the income level requirements for people applying for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program, also known as the "Extra Help" pro . . .
|•|| What does the letter after my Medicare number mean?
March 2018 Update - Medicare Cards are Changing - New Card, Same BenefitsThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing new Medicare cards starting April 2018 and continuing through A . . .
|•|| 2019 State Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts - with a comparison of benchmark changes since 2006
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 low-income premium subsidy amounts (or Benchmark) for Medicare Part D plans on July 31, 2018, and in 2019, thirteen (13) regions . . .
|•|| 2019 IRMAA: 5% decrease in Medicare Part D IRMAA for individual earning incomes between $85,000 - $500,000 and couples earning $170,000 - $750,000.
Since 2011, people with Medicare who earn over $85,000 have been paying an additional monthly premium or Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) for their Medicare Part D prescription drug p . . .
|•|| Changes are coming for 2019 Medicare Part D plans: A few highlights from the 2019 final CMS Call Letter and Final Rule
Seniors, Medicare plan providers, and caregivers can expect a few changes in the 2019 Medicare Part D program. Below are a few highlights from the final 2019 Call Letter and a 1,156 page Medic . . .
|•|| Understanding the 2018 Medicare Part D Coverage Gap or Donut Hole
The Donut Hole or Coverage Gap is a term used to describe a gap or pause in your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan coverage where, prior to 2011, you were 100% respon . . .
|•|| 2018 State Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts - with a comparison of benchmark changes since 2006
Update See: 2019 State Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts - with a comparison of benchmark changes since 2006 at https://Q1News.com/703.html. The Centers for Medicare and Medicai . . .
|•|| Does Medicare cover Vitamin B-12 injections (B-12 shots)?
Medicare Part D prescription drug plans expressly excludes coverage for vitamins - although some Medicare plans do cover "excluded" drugs such as B-12 vitamin injections as "Bonus" or Supplemental dru . . .
|•|| SilverScript Medicare Part D Pharmacy and Formulary Search
Question: What drug stores accept the SilverScript Medicare Part D prescription drug plans? Most Medicare Part D plans are accepted by over 50,000+ pharmacies across the country. However, if you . . .
|•|| Medicare Advantage plan and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan Special Enrollment Periods(SEP)
In certain situations, people with Medicare may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) allowing them to join a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan , or switch . . .
|•|| CMS Notice of Imposition of Intermediate Sanctions (Suspension of Enrollment and Marketing) for Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug contract number: H2773.
On November 8, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave notice to QHP Financial Group, Inc. (QHP) that CMS has made a determination to impose intermediate sanctions on Medi . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 PDP Analysis: Will your 2018 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan begin using preferred pharmacy pricing in 2019?
Each Medicare Part D plan has a national pharmacy network that includes 50,000 to 60,000+ pharmacies and both "preferred" and "standard" pharmacies are included in a Medicare prescription drug plan . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 Drug Plan Analysis: Examples of how 2019 Medicare Part D plans can change prescription cost-sharing designs
As in past years, some 2018 Medicare Part D plans are changing their cost-sharing designs for 2019 prescription drug purchases. For example, the Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP) will add . . .
|•|| 2019 Medicare Drug Plan Analysis: Over 11 million Medicare beneficiaries will see at least 100 fewer medications on their 2019 Medicare Part D drug plan formulary
With each new plan year - and throughout the plan year - your Medicare Part D plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage plan that provides prescription coverage (MAPD) can change their formulary or drug list, . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 Medicare Part D Analysis: 613,285 people enrolled in a 2018 Medicare PDP will see an increase of 10% to 315% in their 2019 initial deductible
If your stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) - or Medicare Advantage plan that includes drug coverage (MAPD) - has an initial deductible, you will usually pay 100% of your prescrip . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 Medicare PDP Analysis: Over 4.5 million people will see an increase of 20% or more in their 2019 Medicare Part D plan premiums
As was true in past years, many 2018 stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans will be increasing their monthly premiums in 2019. In fact, based on current Medicare plan enrollment, a . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 Medicare Plan Analysis: Over 1.5 million members in non-renewing 2018 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans may lose their 2019 Medicare plan coverage
Is your 2018 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan still being offered in 2019? Each year, Medicare plans have the option of not renewing their Medicare contract.  . . .
|•|| Changes in 2019 Medicare Part A and Part B Premiums and Deductibles
CMS NEWS: 2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced. Summary of changes to Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles: Increase in SS Benefits.  . . .
|•|| Social Security Press Release: Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 per . . .
|•|| Q1Group 2019 MA/MAPD Analysis Summary: Stable Medicare Advantage plan premiums, but beneficiaries in many counties will find significant changes in plan coverage and availability
A preliminary analysis of the 2019 Medicare Advantage plan (MA and MAPD) landscape data recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Medicare beneficiaries ma . . .
|Selecting Your Medicare Plan|
|Star Ratings & Plan Quality|
|Annual Medicare Plan Changes|
|Late Enrollment Penalty|
|Your Formulary (Drug List)|
|Monthly Formulary Changes|
|Your Medicare Plan Coverage|
|Pharmacies & Providers|
|Changing Medicare Plans|
|Special Enrollment Periods SEP|
|The Donut Hole or Coverage Gap|
|Donut Hole Discounts|
|Straddle Claims and High Costs|
|Out of Pocket: TrOOP and MOOP|
|Medicaid, LIS, & Extra Help|
|IRMAA - for Higher Incomes|
|Medicare Advantage Plans MAPD|
|Medicare Supplements - Medigap|
|Medicare Plan Providers|
|Marketing Medicare Products|
|General Medicare Part D PDP|
|Diabetes and Diabetic Coverage|
|Your Health & Wellness|