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Most of us will eventually have Medicare, and you probably have a family member or friend who is currently a Medicare beneficiary. There is a lot to learn about these vital benefits, and I will use my 10 years of experience working with Medicare beneficiaries to teach you how it works.

B Medicare Aware Stephen Beck

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Most of us will eventually have Medicare, and you probably have a family member or friend who is currently a Medicare beneficiary. There is a lot to learn about these vital benefits, and I will use my 10 years of experience working with Medicare beneficiaries to teach you how it works.

    Coverage Determination Decision

    Coverage Determination Decision

    While you are shopping for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan, you may find a plan that almost checks all the boxes. One of your prescription drugs may not be in the plan’s formulary or it would be subject to utilization management like a quantity limit. What should you do? In this episode, I discuss the decision to enroll in the plan and requesting a Coverage Determination. During the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), you will face some challenges. This podcast prepares you for them.


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    • 16 min
    Understanding Medicare Advantage

    Understanding Medicare Advantage

    Statistics show that more Medicare beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans. You may be in one now or considering it for the upcoming Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). In this episode, I will list and explain the Things to know about Medicare Advantage Plans according to Medicare.gov. Be prepared for the Annual Enrollment Period more than ever before and listen to this episode and the others leading up to the AEP.


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    • 19 min
    Coordination of Benefits with Medicare

    Coordination of Benefits with Medicare

    Some Medicare beneficiaries have other coverage along with Medicare. That coverage may be Medicaid, an employer plan, VA benefits, or something else. How do these plans work together? Which plan pays first? In this episode, I answer these questions. For the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), you will need to inform your new plan of your other coverage, if you change plans, so they can coordinate your benefits.


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    • 14 min
    Medicare Plan Finder

    Medicare Plan Finder

    The Medicare Plan Finder is the most used tool on Medicare.gov. In 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a modernized and redesigned Plan Finder. In this episode, I talk about the improvements and give step-by-step instructions on using it. Whether you have Original Medicare with or without a Medicare Supplement plan, a Part D prescription drug plan, or Medicare Advantage, you will appreciate the new Medicare Plan Finder and this episode.


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    • 16 min
    Important Improvements if on Insulin

    Important Improvements if on Insulin

    Approximately one in five Medicare beneficiaries are affected by diabetes. If you are a beneficiary on insulin or know someone who is, you will want to listen to this episode. For plan year 2021, there are numerous improvements to Medicare diabetes benefits. I encourage you to be familiar with these changes before the Annual Enrollment Period which starts next month.


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    • 17 min
    What's New for 2021?

    What's New for 2021?

    There are some significant changes to Medicare planned for 2021. What are they? Why make these particular changes? In this episode, I list and explain most of the important ones. Before the upcoming Annual Enrollment Period, you should be informed of any changes that could affect you. If you are a Medicare beneficiary with certain medical conditions, it is imperative for you to get this information.


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    • 16 min

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