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Category: Medicare

A Brief History Of Medicare

Americans began receiving Medicare benefits after 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation into law. But the cause actually started with Teddy Roosevelt, who ran for president in 1912 on a platform that included national health insurance. The following is a brief sketch of Medicare events after President Roosevelt. November 19, 1945: President Harry Truman asked Congress to create a national health insurance fund,...

Keeping Up With Medicare Changes

Keeping up with Medicare changes can be a challenge. The entire subject is complicated to begin with, and with the rules change from time to time, it can add more confusion into the mix. One way to stay abreast of Medicare changes is to look online. A Google search can pull up a variety of information from reliable sources. Our experienced agent is also happy...

Qualifying For Medicare Before Age 65

When you turn 65, you automatically become eligible for Medicare if you qualify for Social Security benefits or are a citizen or permanent resident living in the U.S. Certain people under the age of 65 may also be eligible for Medicare due to disability. What Qualifies a Person Under Age 65 for Medicare? Medicare is available for certain people with disabilities who are under the...

New Medicare Enrollment: How Do I Find A Participating Doctor?

When you turn 65, you may get Medicare automatically if you are receiving Social Security benefits, or you may need to enroll. You have choices as to how you get your coverage, including Original Medicare or one of the Medicare Advantage Plans, which are offered by Medicare-approved private companies that are required to follow the rules established by Medicare. No matter which option you choose,...

Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods

Understanding the different Medicare enrollment periods and when to enroll can be confusing. There are so many different dates to remember and getting them mixed up can cause major and expensive consequences. Missed deadlines can mean late enrollment penalties. No one wants that, right? Let's review...   Initial Enrollment The first opportunity you have to enroll in Medicare is called “Medicare Initial Enrollment Period,” or...