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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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