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Big Medicare Part B Increases Coming for Some in 2016

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare and turning 65, Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B premiums in 2016 for some people may be going up...a lot!  Medicare says people who receive Medicare benefits but are not on Social Security could see the based Part B premium increase from $104.90 per month to $158.30.  That increase would impact about 30% of people with Medicare.Rates won't be announced until October - this alert came as part of the Trustees Report on the Medicare trust fund.  Why the big Part B increase for some?

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Can You Really Save by Switching Medicare Companies?

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare supplement, Medicare supplement rates

It is smart to compare Medicare supplement plans at least once a year to see if you can save money by switching plans or insurance companies.  Why?  Here are the three things we see happening with Medicare supplement rates:  rates change - amount and frequency; household discounts change - some are offering up to a 12% household discount; and, some carriers are pricing Plan G much more favorably than Plan F.  While many can see savings of a couple of hundred dollars per year, we recently came across a customer paying almost double what she could pay by switching to another insurance company for her Medicare Supplement Plan N.

 

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Medicare Rates Home Health Agencies

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Tags: Long Term Care, Long-Term Care, Medicare

As more people want long term care in their home, the need for home health care agencies is increasing.  But unlike many other types of healthcare services there is no way to compare the quality of services.  Medicare took the first step by releasing a new 5-star comparison of 9000 home health care agencies. If you are looking for home health care services its a good place to start comparing your long term care choices for home health care..

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Heath Insurance Company Sales: What Does It Mean to Your Medicare Plan?

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare Advantage

There has been a flurry of activity among the health insurance companies positioning for a bigger share of the Medicare market. There have been two sales announced: Aetna purchasing Humana,and Centene purchasing HealthNet. Anthem's attempt to buy Cigna is still in play. And last month, Target said it will sell its pharmacy space to CVS Health.

For Medicare beneficiaries who have plans with any of these companies or use Target pharmacies, there is no immediate impact. Look for finalization of the sale in 2016

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