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Health Care

Every year those of us on Medicare and Social Security wait to find out what changes the federal government will make for the following year.  Here is a run down of what you can expect for 2017.  This discussion applies only to those individuals who have Original Medicare. It does not apply to those with Medicare Advantage plans.

Medigap is supplemental health insurance that can help pay some of the expenses that are not covered by Medicare. For example, it may cover co-payments or some additional costs for a prolonged stay in a skilled nursing facility. As of 2006, new Medigap policies cannot, however, offer prescription drug coverage. Medicare now handles such coverage. (See the Medicare article on this webite)

Medicare went into effect 48 years ago on July 1, 1966. Earlier that same year, Medicare workers went door to door trying to get seniors to sign up. Medicare was not the cornerstone then that it is today and people did not know whether it was going to work for the long haul.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program that primarily covers Social Security recipients who are at least 65 years old. It also covers those who are younger but have certain disabilities, need kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant. Note that Income level and assets have no bearing on an individual’s eligibility for coverage.

Health-e-Arizona is an on-line application for Arizona residents.  You can apply for medical coverage, Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps), and cash assistance. You can use Health-e-Arizona even if you have applied before or are currently receiving benefits.

 

Health Insurance after Retirement

Understanding your health care rights, sorting through insurance policies and finding a way to pay your medical bills can be daunting tasks. But there are resources to help educate you about your rights and help you weigh your options.

This website has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this website is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from state-to-state or county-to-county, so that some information in this website may not be correct for your situation. Finally, the information contained on this website is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this website cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

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