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To answer that question, you need to understand how Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and Medicare works. You can have both Medicare and VA benefits but they do not work together. Medicare does not pay for care received at a VA facility and VA benefits generally do not cover care received at non-VA facilities. READ MORE >>

An insurance broker (like the agents at Sun Coast legacy Advisors) represents many different insurance companies and plans. A captive agent works for an insurance company and only represents the products offered by that company. Both brokers and captive agents generally only make money when they assist someone to enroll in a plan. READ MORE >>

When it comes to understanding Medicare insurance and the various plans available, the process can be confusing. The problem with this type of insurance is that there are various basic plans and numerous additional offerings. It's sometimes a puzzle to know what options are right for your individual needs. READ MORE >>

For most people, no. We are currently in the “lock-in” period and, like it or not, you must stay with your current plan. Your next opportunity to change plans will be during the Annual Enrollment Period which begins October 15th and ends December 7th. READ MORE >>

Medicare Part B on your Medicare Card will say Medical. Sounds very simple and it can be. Lets go over the cost first. Medicare Part B has a base rate of $121.80 for people who are starting Medicare in 2016. If you were on Medicare Part B already you will be paying a base rate of $104.90. READ MORE >>

Medicare part A on your Medicare card says hospital but what does it cover is the question? Let's start with when it starts. Medicare part A starts the first day of the month that you turn 65 or when your social security disability starts. Part A starts regardless if you are collecting your social security check or not. READ MORE >>

The cost of Medicare went up in 2016 over 2015 for some people but not all. Medicare part B premium went form $104.90 to $121.80 per month. For those who are new to Medicare in 2016 turning 65 or starting Medicare disability or who are not collecting their social security checks. READ MORE >>

Tens of millions of Americans rely upon Medicare for their primary health insurance company. Most of these beneficiaries don't have to pay anything for Part A, but do pay a premium for Part B. According to an article in Time called "Why Medicare Premiums May Jump 50%," the rules say that the government has to recoup 25 percent of their expenses through these premiums. READ MORE >>

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, is a health care reform law that was signed into law in 2010. With the ACA, individuals can shop for health plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Individuals who have Medicare do not participate in the Health Insurance Marketplace, mea... READ MORE >>

That is a great and common question we are asked here at Sun Coast Legacy Advisors. The answer really depends on which type of Medicare plan you end up choosing. So choose wisely! If you choose a Medicare supplement plan (Medigap) then you may choose to go to any doctor that currently accepts Medicare. READ MORE >>

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