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2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL): 2017-2018 LIS Qualifications and Benefits
The 2017 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?
We have been getting more questions from people asking what the letters mean in their Medicare Claim Number.  Here is an explanation and chart of the letter meaning provided by the Social Securit ...

2018 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 2018 low-income premium subsidy amounts (or Benchmark) for Medicare Part D plans on July 31, 2017, and in 2018, forty (40) states will ...

2017 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts (includes 2017 - 2006 for comparison)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 low-income premium subsidy amounts (or Benchmark) for Medicare Part D plans on July 29, 2016.  In 2017, ten (10) states wi ...

Does Medicare cover Vitamin B-12 injections (B-12 shots)?
Medicare Part D prescription drug plans usually do not provide coverage for vitamins.  However, in specific cases - or for specific conditions, Medicare will cover Vitamin B-12 injections.  ...

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 ...

What is the difference between 2016 Preferred Network Pharmacies and Network Pharmacies?
First, both preferred and non-preferred network pharmacies are included in a Medicare prescription drug plan’s pharmacy network.  However, preferred network pharmacies usually have lower c ...

2016 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL): 2016-2017 LIS Qualifications and Benefits
The 2016 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 ...

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 ...

WellCare Medicare Plan 2017 Medicare Pharmacy and Healthcare Provider Search Tools
You can find the WellCare Medicare Part D (PDP) pharmacy search and Medicare Advantage plan provider search tool at:  https://www.wellcare.com/Find-a-Provider#/Search. You can also start at:(1)&n ...

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Q1Medicare Reminder: The 2018 Medicare Part D annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) begins today, October 15th
The 2018 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan annual Open Enrollment Period (or Annual Coordinated Election Period - AEP) begins today, October 15th, and continues through December 7th.  ...

Q1Group 2018 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 2018 Medicare Advantage plan (MA and MAPD) landscape data recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that, in general, Medicare ben ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: Fewer Medicare Advantage plans will offer some variation of the standard Initial Coverage Limit in 2018
Although, the vast majority of Medicare Advantage plans that include drug coverage (MAPDs) will continue to use the standard defined 2018 Medicare Part D Initial Coverage Limit (ICL) of $3,750, some ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: More $0 premium 2018 Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) with a $0 initial deductible
As can be seen in the table below, there are more 2018 Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) with a $0 initial deductible and a $0 monthly premium ($0/$0 plans) as co ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: Changes in the 2018 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP) landscape still result in a net gain of 2018 SNPs
As compared to past years, we will only have moderate changes in the 2018 Special Needs Plan (SNP) landscape with SNP losses offset by SNP gains. More discontinued Special Needs Plans (SNPs) in 20 ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: More 2018 Medicare Advantage plan choices, with increases in HMO and local PPO options
As noted in a recent press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the total number of 2018 Medicare Advantage plans will increase across the country with the availability ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: A comparison of the Maximum Out-Of-Pocket Limit (MOOP) range for 2018 Medicare Advantage plans as compared to 2017 Medicare Advantage plans
The Medicare Advantage plan Maximum Out-of-Pocket (MOOP) threshold limits how much you will spend on co-payments and co-insurance for eligible Medicare Part A (in-patient or hospitalization) and Medi ...

Q1Group 2018 MA/MAPD Analysis: 2018 Medicare Advantage plan (MA and MAPD) premiums remain low
As noted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), monthly Medicare Advantage plan premiums have remained stable over the past several years  -and this trend continues into 2018 wi ...

A brief overview of the 2018 Medicare Advantage plan (MA and MAPD) landscape
The following is a brief overview of the 2018 Medicare Advantage plan landscape data (MA, MAPD, MMP, and SNP) recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): The to ...

Q1Group 2018 PDP Analysis: Most states will offer fewer 2018 Medicare Part D plans qualifying for the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) $0 premium
Based on the recently released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2018 Medicare Part D landscape data, on average, fewer 2018 Medicare Part D plans qualify for the Low-Income Subsid ...




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  • When enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
  • Medicare beneficiaries with higher incomes may be required to pay both a Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Read more on IRMAA.
  • Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) are considered Medicare Part D plans and members with higher incomes may be subject to the Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), just as members in stand-alone Part D plans. In certain situations, you can appeal IRMAA.
  • You must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Members may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during specific times of the year. Contact the Medicare plan for more information.
  • If you are enrolled in a Medicare plan with Part D prescription drug coverage, you may be eligible for financial Extra Help to assist with the payment of your prescription drug premiums and drug purchases. To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov; the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call, 1-800-325-0778; or your state Medicaid Office.
  • Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
  • A Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan (PFFS) is not a Medicare supplement plan. Providers who do not contract with the plan are not required to see you except in an emergency.
  • Disclaimer for Institutional Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who meets the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) level of care and resides in a nursing home.
  • Disclaimer for Dual Eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.
  • Disclaimer for Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who has been diagnosed with the plan specific Chronic Condition.
  • Medicare MSA Plans combine a high deductible Medicare Advantage Plan and a trust or custodial savings account (as defined and/or approved by the IRS). The plan deposits money from Medicare into the account. You can use this money to pay for your health care costs, but only Medicare-covered expenses count toward your deductible. The amount deposited is usually less than your deductible amount, so you generally have to pay out-of-pocket before your coverage begins.
  • Medicare MSA Plans do not cover prescription drugs. If you join a Medicare MSA Plan, you can also join any separate (stand-alone) Medicare Part D prescription drug plan
  • There are additional restrictions to join an MSA plan, and enrollment is generally for a full calendar year unless you meet certain exceptions. Those who disenroll during the calendar year will owe a portion of the account deposit back to the plan. Contact the plan provider for additional information.
  • Medicare beneficiaries may enroll through the CMS Medicare Online Enrollment Center located at www.medicare.gov.
  • Medicare beneficiaries can file a complaint with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by calling 1-800-MEDICARE 24 hours a day/7 days or using the medicare.gov site. Beneficiaries can appoint a representative by submitting CMS Form-1696.