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Health Care

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.

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)

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.

 

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 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.

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