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Medicare and the Cost of Cancer Treatment

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This article is for both the person facing cancer today, wanting to know what to expect from their Medicare insurance as well as for the person turning 65 and weighing the pros and cons of staying with Original Medicare or moving to Medicare Advantage. Medicare and the cost of cancer treatment is written to help everyone on Medicare.  If you find this article helpful, please share.  We have also included a link to a printer friendly version so that you may save this article for your files.

For those who prefer video:  Medicare & the Cost of Cancer Treatment

I realise the article is a bit long, but the subject matter is critically important.  When first diagnosed with cancer, there is a lot going through your mind. One small part is the question of “What is this going to cost me?”  The battle with cancer can be emotionally draining without worrying or wondering about your health insurance and how it works.  This information on how Medicare handles the cost of cancer treatment is much more difficult to find and piece together than it should be.  I believe the information in this article can be a great relief, benefit, and resource for anyone about to embark on a very tough personal battle.  The information has been compiled from numerous sources including Medicare.gov and the National Cancer Society.

For those new to Medicare, this information will help you decide if you are more comfortable with Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage.  For the person who has cancer or a history of cancer, we hope the information will ease any financial uncertainty of not knowing what part of your treatment may or may not be covered by your current Medicare plan and how much out-of-pocket expense can be expected from you.

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Medicare Part D Donut-Hole Explained

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This graphic linked below does a great job of helping people understand the Medicare Part D Donut-Hole. This Medicare Part D donut hole explained infographic can be saved and printed.

If you regularly take a significant number of prescriptions, or expensive prescriptions, it is critical that you understand the coverage gap concept.  If you would like to know why we suggest you never buy your Medicare Part D coverage from a broker or agent, visit one of our online presentations or call us at 800-847-9680.

Especially if you take more than a few prescriptions each month, the only way you can be certain that you are getting the best Medicare Part D plan at the best price is to avoid purchasing your plan from a broker or agent. There are some Part D plans offered through Medicare.gov that are not available through your agent.

We show you how to go about getting the right pan in 15 minutes or less!

There are other ways to avoid the donut hole as well.  Just ask!

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Using Medicare.gov To Enroll In Part D Medicare

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Best Part D Plan

Unless you are new to Medicare or have a Special Enrollment period, Open Season (October 15th through December 07th) is the only time of year that seniors with Medicare Advantage plans can enroll, renew or change their plans. Seniors on Original Medicare have the ability to change Plan D prescription drug plans each year at the same time. You can have a Part D drug plan no matter if you are on original Medicare or Medicare Advantage, However, with a Medicare Advantage plan you do not get to choose your Plan D coverage.  You must accept the one packaged with your Medicare Advantage plan.  With Original Medicare you can choose from among the 25 or so plans available to you in your area.   In this Blog post we are going to illustrate how to use the Medicare.gov website to find the best, most cost effective Part D drug plan for you.

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