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Health Insurance Made Simple

August 28, 2017
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Let’s face it–in today’s world, health insurance is a necessity. In fact, most U.S. citizens and legal residents must have qualifying health insurance or face a penalty tax. Yet the cost of medical care is soaring higher every year, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult (and in some cases, impossible) to pay medical costs out of…

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Medicaid Liens and Estate Recoveries

March 20, 2017

What are Medicaid liens and estate recoveries? Federal law encourages states to seek reimbursement from Medicaid recipients for Medicaid payments made on their behalf. There are two types of cost-recovery actions against the assets of Medicaid recipients: (1) real or personal property liens, and (2) recovery from decedent’s estate. A Medicaid lien is a form…

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Coordinating Long-Term Care Insurance with Government Benefits

January 18, 2016
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If you’re a senior, the future may present more of a concern than it once did–you may wonder what you’ll do if your health deteriorates. If you must enter a nursing home, for example, how will you pay for it? Fortunately, you may have several options. One such option is long-term care insurance (LTCI). Government-regulated…

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016
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As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Health Insurance in Retirement

September 16, 2015
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At any age, health care is a priority. When you retire, however, you will probably focus more on health care than ever before. Staying healthy is your goal, and this can mean more visits to the doctor for preventive tests and routine checkups. There’s also a chance that your health will decline as you grow…

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New Trustees Reports Show Continuing Financial Challenges for Social Security and Medicare

August 11, 2015
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Every year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds release reports to Congress on the current financial condition and projected financial outlook of these programs. The 2015 reports, released on July 22, 2015, show that, despite some encouraging signs, both programs continue to face financial challenges that should be addressed as soon…

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Medicare

July 15, 2015
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Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance to retired individuals, regardless of their medical condition, and certain younger people with disabilities or end-stage renal disease. Here are some basic facts about Medicare that you should know. What does Medicare cover? Medicare coverage consists of two main parts: Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and…

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Getting Health Insurance When You're Hard to Insure

July 3, 2015

If you’re older and/or in poor health, you’re definitely somebody who should have health insurance coverage. Unfortunately, you don’t, and you’re having difficulty getting it. All of the insurance companies you’ve applied to refuse to offer you coverage because they see you as too great a risk. They may even classify you as totally uninsurable.…

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

October 14, 2014

If you’re covered by Medicare, here’s some welcome news–Medicare drug coverage can help you handle the rising cost of prescriptions. If you’re covered by original Medicare, you can sign up for a drug plan offered in your area by a private company or insurer that has been approved by Medicare. Many Medicare Advantage plans will…

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Health-Care Reform: Replacing Myths with Facts

March 25, 2013
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 is incredibly broad in scope, so it’s probably not surprising that there’s a good deal of confusion about it, and a number of inaccurate and misleading claims that have been circulated. Here’s some information to help separate fact from fiction. Myth: The health-care law…

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