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Medicare

How To Apply For Medicare

If you’re approaching 65, it’s essential to find out how and when to apply for Medicare. While it may seem overwhelming, enrolling in Medicare can be simple with access to the correct information. 
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

Medicare Advantage For Veterans

If you’re a veteran who already has Veterans Affairs (VA) or TRICARE health coverage, you may not have considered Medicare Advantage coverage. But combining Medicare Advantage with your existing health coverage can offer many benefits. With the help of an independent health insurance agent, you can get the right coverage for your health care and budget.  Our experienced local agents help North Carolina residents every day and specialize in assisting veterans with their health insurance needs.
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

What Is Medicare Part B?

Medicare Part B provides coverage for a range of medically necessary outpatient services. Part B also offers coverage for medical procedures performed in and out of the hospital, where a physician performs the care. 
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

Medicare Costs

If you’re approaching Medicare eligibility, it’s essential to understand the costs for each of the different parts of Medicare, so you can work out how much to budget. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the costs associated with certain aspects of Medicare, which can make it difficult to manage your monthly bills.
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Medicare

Different Medicare Enrollment Periods

It can be a little overwhelming to understand all the different parts if you’re approaching Medicare eligibility, especially the various enrollment periods. This article will cover everything you need to know about each Medicare Enrollment Period and what they mean for your coverage. 
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Medicare

What Are Medicare Special Needs Plans?

A Medicare Special Needs Plan (SNP) is a Medicare Advantage Plan that provides organized care for people with special needs. 
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

How Medicare And Employer Coverage Works

If you’re considering enrolling in Medicare and currently have an employer sponsored health insurance plan, it’s worth reviewing your options to get the best combination for your health needs.
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

What Is a Medicare Advantage PPO Plan?

Medicare PPO stands for Preferred Provider Organization. A PPO means the insurance provider has a network of preferred health providers who offer negotiated service rates for your health care. A PPO plan is a type of Medicare Advantage plan, so you can enroll in this type of plan as an alternative to Original Medicare. Like other types of Medicare Advantage plans, you need to be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, and you also need to live in the plan’s service area. If you’re interested in finding out more information about Medicare Advantage PPO plans, get in touch with one of our experienced local Medicare agents. We specialize in helping people all over North Carolina with their health insurance to get the best coverage for you. 
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Medicare

Your Medicare Eligibility

Most people living in North Carolina are eligible for Medicare benefits when they turn 65, even if they’re still working.
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Individual/Family, Covid 19

Reimbursement Available For Over-The-Counter Covid-19 Rapid Tests

Did you know that insurance coverage has now been extended to cover at-home Covid rapid tests? Since January this year, private insurers are now required to cover the cost of rapid at-home tests when purchased over-the-counter.  
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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

What Is 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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Medicare

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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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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 Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Health, Medicare

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 Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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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 Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Health, Covid 19

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 Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Health, Affordable Care Act, Individual/Family, Medicare

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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Individual/Family, Affordable Care Act

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 Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Health, Affordable Care Act, Individual/Family, Medicare

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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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Individual/Family, Affordable Care Act

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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Health Plans of NC, Kelly Quinn

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