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Medicare answers help people with Medicare, their families and caregivers–understand Medicare benefits and options. Articles feature Medicare coverage advice, basic health tips, and links to vital health care resources. For in-depth Medicare information and resources, visit the Medicare Rights Center’s free and independent online reference tool, Medicare Interactive.

What are Medicare Savings Programs?

Dear Marci,

I recently enrolled in premium-free Part A, but learned that I will have to pay a premium for Part B. Could I get some information on Medicare Savings Programs, which I’m told would cover my Part B premium?

– Toshio (Philadelphia, PA)

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Can I delay my Medicare enrollment?

Dear Marci,

Is it ever permissible to delay enrolling in Medicare altogether? I’m still a year off from turning 65, I’m working and covered by my workplace health plan, and I’d like to weigh all options open to me.

– Amanda (Olive Branch, MS)

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Why is it important to speak to my doctor about Medicare?

Dear Marci,

I just turned 65 and don’t feel like I know very much about what’s covered and what’s not covered under Medicare. How can my doctor help me get the services and care I’m entitled to receive, and how can I be sure her recommendations are in my best interests?

– Noreen (Jonesboro, AR)

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Why are Medicare private health plan notices important?

Dear Marci,

Most months my insurance company sends me Medicare notices in the mail. I have difficulty keeping up with them, and last week I told my neighbor that I usually ignore everything. She told me I should read each notice carefully and take appropriate action. So what have I been missing?

– Walter (Kettering, OH)

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What are Medicare Savings Programs?

Dear Marci,

I recently enrolled in premium-free Part A, but learned that I will have to pay a premium for Part B. Could I get some information on Medicare Savings Programs, which I’m told would cover my Part B premium?

– Toshio (Philadelphia, PA)

Can I delay my Medicare enrollment?

Dear Marci,

Is it ever permissible to delay enrolling in Medicare altogether? I’m still a year off from turning 65, I’m working and covered by my workplace health plan, and I’d like to weigh all options open to me.

– Amanda (Olive Branch, MS)

Why is it important to speak to my doctor about Medicare?

Dear Marci,

I just turned 65 and don’t feel like I know very much about what’s covered and what’s not covered under Medicare. How can my doctor help me get the services and care I’m entitled to receive, and how can I be sure her recommendations are in my best interests?

– Noreen (Jonesboro, AR)

Why are Medicare private health plan notices important?

Dear Marci,

Most months my insurance company sends me Medicare notices in the mail. I have difficulty keeping up with them, and last week I told my neighbor that I usually ignore everything. She told me I should read each notice carefully and take appropriate action. So what have I been missing?

– Walter (Kettering, OH)