What is Extra Help and Do You Qualify?

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC Whenever a person first enrolls in Medicare, he/she usually receives an application for Extra Help. Extra Help is assistance from Social Security for people with limited resources and income to help cover the cost of prescription drug plans via monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and co-pays. Some people… Read more »

Beware of the “Look Alike”

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC In honor of National Look Alike Day (April 20th), I wanted to create an article giving awareness to Medicare Look Alikes. There are many different categories for this topic and I’d like to focus on one that truly stands out to me in my world as an… Read more »

Retiring After 65

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC So many people are working until their full retirement age to maximize their monthly Social Security income check. When this happens, generally enrolling in Medicare is delayed because of coverage from an Employee Group Health Plan (EGHP). If you have an EGHP that provides credible coverage for… Read more »

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC What can you do?? Medicare has so many rules about timing of when you can and cannot do things. Right now is another one of those time periods when you CAN do something. It’s called the Open Enrollment Period (OEP). During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, Jan… Read more »

Happy New Year from Bell Benefits

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Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous year for all of you. Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC As I was thinking about what to write for this month’s article, I started to think about resolutions. When it comes to Medicare, you might need a few reminders as to what your plan could do… Read more »

Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC  With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period ending on December 7, I thought I would give you a recap of all the different enrollment periods that you have as a Medicare beneficiary. First and foremost is your Initial Election Period (IEP).  This is when you turn… Read more »

You Don’t have to be Afraid of Change

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is in full swing. This is the time of the year when you can take the opportunity to shop around for Medicare plans that might suit you better for next year. AEP runs until December 7 so if you haven’t had a… Read more »

AEP is like Medicare Christmas!

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC October is the beginning of the Medicare fun! It’s the Annual Enrollment Period, lovingly referred to as AEP. This is the time of the year when people on Medicare can shop around for plans that might suit them better for the following year. AEP runs from October… Read more »

Medicare Annual Election Period is Just Around the Corner, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC Are you ready for the time of year with non-stop Medicare commercials? a.k.a. Non-Stop confusion. Remember as you start to see commercials enticing you to switch plans for 2022, you always want to look at the most important thing – medical coverage. As you see all the… Read more »

What do you need to do when you turn 65?

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC When you turn 65, you have a small window of time to get on Medicare without being penalized financially. If you do not have any other health insurance in place, then you must enroll in Medicare sometime during your initial election period: 7 months total = the… Read more »