SHIP: State Health Insurance Assistance Program

REE counseling & assistance with enrollment, coverage, claims and more.

How to Cope with Medicare’s Rising Costs

A higher premium in 2022 is just part of the puzzle of health care costs for older Americans. But there are ways to plan.

Choosing Between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage (2019)

If you are eligible for Medicare you can chose between getting Medicare benefits through traditional Medicare (also known as original Medicare and traditional Medicare) or a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan.

Understanding Medigap Policies

About 25 percent of seniors in traditional Medicare are also enrolled in private supplemental coverage known as Medigap to help insulate themselves from high out-of-pocket costs.

Understanding Medicare Part D Drug Coverage

Established under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the Medicare prescription drug benefit — also known as Medicare Part D — is voluntary insurance that Medicare beneficiaries can purchase to help cover the costs of their prescription drugs.  In 2021, about 77 percent (48 million) of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a Part D plan.

Q & A Medicare Part B Premium

The Part B premium is the monthly amount paid by individuals for health coverage in Medicare Part B – a voluntary program that covers physician services, hospital outpatient care, durable medical equipment and other services including some home health care.