How to Enroll in Medicare if You’re Working Past 65

For decades, the gold standard for retirement age was 65. But in the last several years, we’ve seen the retirement age inch up with many folks working past 65. Now, 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older are participating in the workforce—the highest rate in nearly six decades. Some of this is due to [...]

2020-03-11T12:17:50-07:00March 11th, 2020|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on How to Enroll in Medicare if You’re Working Past 65

What is the Medicare Special Enrollment Period?

Right now, we’re in the Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP). But what happens if a major disaster strikes and you’re not able to take advantage of OEP? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to change your plan if you need to. The Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) extends the Medicare enrollment period during extenuating circumstances.  [...]

2020-03-11T18:08:10-07:00February 19th, 2020|Senior Health Insurance, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is the Medicare Special Enrollment Period?

Medicare OEP 2020: How Mrs. Jones Made Changes to Her Medicare Advantage Plan

The new year is upon us and so is Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) 2020. Yes, just when Annual Enrollment Period 2020 has finished, it’s time for OEP 2020! We know the Medicare system can be difficult, so today we’re going to follow Mrs. Jones through the Medicare Open Enrollment Period.  Mrs. Jones is a [...]

2020-03-11T18:02:46-07:00January 21st, 2020|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Medicare OEP 2020: How Mrs. Jones Made Changes to Her Medicare Advantage Plan

Medicare OEP 2020: How to Make Changes to Your Medicare Advantage Plan

Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) 2020 will begin on January 1st. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (maybe you signed up for a new plan during AEP 2020?) and wish to adjust your coverage, you may qualify to make a one-time change to your existing policy.  Medicare OEP 2020. What is it? [...]

2019-12-20T11:04:11-08:00December 20th, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Medicare OEP 2020: How to Make Changes to Your Medicare Advantage Plan

When Does Medicare Annual Enrollment Period End? Soon!

If you need to make changes to your Medicare coverage for the upcoming year, mark your calendar for December 6th! It’s when the 2020 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) will end.  After that date, you will not be able to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage until next October. In case you’ve been thinking [...]

2019-11-17T07:48:29-08:00November 17th, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on When Does Medicare Annual Enrollment Period End? Soon!

What to Do with Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter

The Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter (also known as the ANOC) is a notification sent to Medicare beneficiaries each September from their plan provider. The letter lets seniors know that the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is coming up, allowing them to make changes to their Medicare health benefit plan.  Beneficiaries with a Medicare Advantage [...]

2019-10-30T13:26:09-07:00October 30th, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on What to Do with Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter

Medicare AEP and OEP 2020: Are You Ready?

The Medicare AEP and OEP 2020 seasons are just around the corner. The (almost) back-to-back enrollment periods fall at some of the busier times of the year. Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) straddles Thanksgiving and Open Enrollment Period (OEP) starts New Year’s Day. Before the holiday season whisks you away, here are some tips and reminders [...]

2019-10-01T14:52:34-07:00October 1st, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Medicare AEP and OEP 2020: Are You Ready?

Your Spouse Retires and Gets Medicare: Now What?

When your spouse retires and gets Medicare, they (and you) will lose their work health insurance.  For example, Sylvia is 63 years old. Her husband Mike is 65. Mike is about to retire and will soon receive Medicare benefits. They will lose Mike’s employment group insurance (a benefit they’ve both enjoyed for decades). Sylvia will [...]

2019-09-03T09:25:50-07:00August 31st, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Your Spouse Retires and Gets Medicare: Now What?

MA-OEP: How to Disenroll from Your Medicare Advantage Plan

January 1st is an important date, as it marks the start of Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA-OEP). This period (January 1st – March 31st) allows seniors to make changes to benefits they signed up for during AEP. Note: MA-OEP is the new name for Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP). Dropping your Medicare Advantage Plan [...]

2018-12-17T17:26:53-08:00December 17th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on MA-OEP: How to Disenroll from Your Medicare Advantage Plan

3 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Medicare Plan

Once a year, during Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), you’re able to choose a Medicare plan or make changes to your existing plan. This short window (ending December 7th) is your opportunity to think about your healthcare needs, learn about changes to Medicare and adjust your Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plan for the upcoming year. [...]

2018-11-27T13:02:47-08:00November 27th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Medicare Plan