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Medicare

What Is Medicare? (Including The Different Parts of Medicare)

Medicare is health insurance for people aged 65 and over and people with specific disabilities. It’s a national health insurance program that is divided into four parts. Each of these parts fits together uniquely to provide different types of coverage for your health needs.
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The Four Different Parts of Medicare

Many people new to Medicare can find it overwhelming. There are four different parts that offer different types of coverage. Understanding what these four plans cover can help to ensure you have the right level of coverage for your health needs. 
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Medicare

What Is Medicare Part A?

Medicare Part A provides coverage for your inpatient hospital expenses to help you pay for the hospital care you need when you need it the most.
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Health

Common Allergies In North Carolina & Health Plan Treatment Options

Discover the most common allergies in North Carolina, including the tests and treatment options available under Medicare and private health insurance. 
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Health

What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure and Health Insurance

High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is a fairly common condition that can eventually lead to health problems like heart disease and strokes if left untreated. With almost half of all American adults experiencing high blood pressure at some point in their lives, monitoring your blood pressure levels is crucial to maintaining your health. Keep reading to find out about high blood pressure health insurance coverage.
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Health

What Do Covid Restrictions Being Lifted Mean For Your Return To Work?

With Covid restrictions being lifted in the US, there are many steps currently being taken now by businesses and governments to get people back to work. While there may still be many uncertainties regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies are reevaluating their current health and safety protocols and looking to adjust workplace guidance. Meaning more and more people are being asked to return to the workplace. 
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Medicare

The Biggest Changes to Medicare In 2022

If you’re enrolled in Medicare or approaching eligibility, understanding the latest changes to Medicare is essential to determine if you’re impacted by any of the changes. Our team of Medicare agents in NC are up to date with the latest amendments to Medicare, so we can help you with any questions relating to your coverage.
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Medicare

How To Take Advantage Of The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period 2023

Did you realize that there’s only a specific period where you can change your Medicare coverage? Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (known as AEP) is when you can enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan (which covers prescription drugs) or a Medicare Advantage plan. It’s also the time to make any necessary changes to your existing coverage. 
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Health

Medicaid Program Underway in North Carolina to Help with Food and Shelter

In March 2022, Medicaid launched the Healthy Opportunities Pilot, a program to support up to 20,000 low-income North Carolina residents. The program, a $650 million initiative, aims to test whether Medicaid funding should be used differently to better support the social problems that affect people’s health.
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Medicare

Everything You Need to Know About AARP Medical Plans

AARP, formerly known as The American Association of Retired Persons, is a nonprofit, member-based organization for people aged over 50. Members can access a range of benefits, including access to medical insurance plans through United Healthcare insurance, a nationwide health insurance company. This article will look at some of the different insurance plans available with AARP, including the coverage and enrollment options for people living in North Carolina. 
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What Are The Dates For Open Enrollment & Special Enrollment Periods 2022?

Open enrollment 2022 for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance has ended. However, it’s still possible to get health insurance if you meet specific criteria. Read on to find out more about how you can access health insurance, or contact one of our local NC Health Insurance agents to find out how we can help. Our team can explain when is open enrollment for health insurance and what it means for your coverage.
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Health

The Top 3 Benefits of Using a Health Insurance Agent

It’s only natural that you’ll have questions if you’re considering enrolling in a health insurance plan. The good news is that the Affordable Care Act means you can get assistance when selecting your plan. You can either work with an experienced, licensed health insurance agent or an authorized individual Marketplace representative called a Navigator to help answer your questions. Although a licensed agent and a Navigator do share some similarities, there are some differences. It can be more beneficial to use a licensed agent over an unlicensed, government-trained representative. Here are our three top benefits of why you should choose a licensed agent.
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Medicare

How Working With Medicare Insurance Agents Can Help HR Managers

If you’re an HR Manager, you’ve probably noticed that some of your employees are retiring later than in previous years. The age for Medicare eligibility is 65. With many residents in North Carolina working to 67 or beyond, there may be employees who qualify for Medicare and an employer’s group health benefits plan.
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Individual/Family

You May Qualify for Enrollment in an NC ACA Health Plan for $0 Premium

Low-income earners that do not exceed 150% of FPL in North Carolina can qualify for ACA health insurance for $0
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Individual/Family

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance If You’re Self-Employed

In the United States, approximately 16 million workers identify as being self-employed. Self-employment can offer many benefits, including greater flexibility and being your own boss. It also provides an entryway to entrepreneurship and small business ownership.
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Medicare

Top 10 Considerations When Choosing A Medicare Plan

If you live in North Carolina and you’re approaching retirement age, there are typically three options for Medicare coverage to consider: Original Medicare Parts A and B. Original Medicare Parts A and B plus a supplemental insurance plan to help cover any costs Medicare doesn’t, along with a separate Part D prescription drug plan. Medicare Advantage, that gives you a variety of healthcare plans with additional benefits and usually includes coverage for prescription drugs.
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Individual/Family

What Freelancers Need to Know About Health Insurance

In 2021, around 59 million Americans worked freelance, representing over one-third of the entire US workforce. Although many people take freelance gigs to supplement their primary employment, about 28% of Americans who worked in freelancing in 2020 did freelance work as their full-time occupation. And Upwork, an online freelancing platform, believes that these numbers will continue to grow as more people turn to freelance. Regardless of whether this trend is a part of an overarching lifestyle choice, as many social pundits suggest, this shift does have significant implications for areas like health care coverage.
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Health

Do I Need a Health Insurance Agent?

Selecting the right health insurance can be time-consuming and often overwhelming. There is a vast range of medical health insurance available via the Health Insurance Marketplace and private insurance agencies.
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Medicare

Medicare Initial Enrollment Checklist: 6 Things You Need to Know

If you’re new to Medicare, this checklist can guide you step-by-step through the process. Our local Medicare agents can help you understand everything you need to know about Medicare plans NC if you’re based in North Carolina.  It’s also important to realize that If your needs change after selecting a plan, you can make changes during specific times of the year. Let us help you compare your options.
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Health

Help Understanding Your Medical Bills

If you’ve received a confusing medical bill, it’s essential to understand what you’re being charged for before you pay the bill.
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Medicare

Cómo Obtener Más Beneficios Con Los Planes Dual Medicaid-Medicare, D-SNP

Apoyo para los residentes de Carolina del Norte que tienen Medicare y Medicaid Los planes duales para necesidades especiales (D-SNP) son planes especializados de Medicare Advantage para personas con Medicare y Medicaid. Por lo general, ofrecen muchos beneficios y características adicionales más allá de Medicare Original. Si es residente de Carolina del Norte, nuestro equipo de agentes locales de Medicare, NC, puede ayudarle a comprender cómo obtener más beneficios con estos planes duales.
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Medicare

What Additional Medicare Coverage Is Available?

Understanding what’s included and excluded from each Medicare plan can help you decide on the right option.
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Individual/Family

How To Ensure Pre-Existing Conditions Are Covered

Before 2010, if you had a pre-existing condition, you may have been denied health insurance coverage or subjected to high insurance premiums.  Thankfully, when the Affordable Care Act passed, health insurance companies offering ACA plans could no longer refuse coverage of pre-existing conditions. They also can’t increase your premium rates based on existing health problems. If you’ve got any questions about pre-existing conditions, or health insurance North Carolina, get in touch with one of our experienced local health insurance agents. You can also compare plans online today.
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Individual/Family

What You Need to Know About Maternity Coverage

In good news for many women in North Carolina thinking about having children, it’s now mandatory for all health insurance providers to provide maternity care coverage. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act became law, requiring pregnancy, labor, delivery, and newborn care coverage.
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