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What Medicare does not cover

Three questions to ask before enrolling in an Advantage plan

Healthy people can save money with less comprehensive Medigap plans

Using your computer to find the right Medicare Advantage plan

Finding ways to save money on Medigap policies (2 of 2)

Ways to save money on Medigap policies (1 of 2)

Medicare is raising the quality bar for Advantage plans

Ways to manage three important gaps in Medicare coverage

Women may want to plan their Medicare coverage differently than men do

Using Medicare's per-capita costs to find the best type of coverage

Open enrollment is one of the few times that you can reduce your health care costs (2 of 2)

Re-examining your Part D coverage should be a priority during Medicare's open enrollment (1 of 2)

Medicare Advantage plans reach for the stars – quality stars, that is (2 of 2)

Medicare Advantage plans are best suited for healthy people (1 of 2)

Medicare Part D: Ways to save money on your Rx drugs this year

The expanding role of Medicare private exchanges

How to estimate how much you will pay for health care in retirement

Medigap policies: tactics to improve your chances of buying an affordable policy in later retirement

Retirees look for ways to avoid Medicare’s means-tested premiums

Even though you missed Medicare’s open enrollment, you may still be able to change plans

When choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, pay close attention to the networks

Five ways to save money in Medicare prescription drug plans (2 of 2)

Open enrollment is an opportunity to save money on prescription drugs (1 of 2)

Health Savings Accounts work best when they are allowed to grow

Patient involvement is seen as a key to cutting health care costs

Medigap policies and the steep cost of comprehensive coverage

Understanding the risks in an Advantage PPO plan

Medicare Problem Solving (2 of 2) – How to avoid costly enrollment snafus

Medicare Problem Solving (1 of 2) – What to do when Medicare says no

Four questions to ask yourself before you buy a Medigap policy

The challenge of coordinating specialty care in Medicare

How important are a Medicare Advantage plan's quality ratings?

Revising the odds of needing long-term care

Private Medicare exchanges may be here to stay

Finding a low-cost Medicare Part D plan

Finding an accountable care organization (or creating your own)

Seniors’ health care costs don’t necessarily track those of Medicare

Wellness could change the pattern of retirement health care costs

Comprehensive Medicare supplements encourage unnecessary treatments

Medicare Advantage plans may start to see more network turnover

Ways to manage longevity risk

Actively managing longevity risk with a reverse mortgage

Spending less for Medigap coverage

Improving quality of Medicare Advantage plans may justify their generous payments

Additional Medicare means testing and other changes are likely

Medicare’s open enrollment is a missed opportunity for most seniors with Part D

Medigap policies and medical loss ratios

Private exchanges are replacing traditional employer retirement health plans

Wellness and disability

With Medicare Part D, it pays to be nimble

Living to 90 and the cost of healthcare

As their quality improves, Advantage plans have fewer doubters

Value-based insurance reduces fee-for-service’s negative effects (3 of 3)

The excesses of Medicare's fee-for-service system (2 of 3)

Why Medicare supplemental coverage is so expensive (1 of 3)

Medicare applies the brakes to its once rapid cost growth

Medicare’s confusing enrollment rules

The Activated Patient

Would community rating be a good thing for Medigap policyholders?

Medigap policies: high cost for peace of mind

Recession may have forced people to become prudent healthcare consumers for life

Slowing Medicare cost growth could provide lessons for seniors

Medicare Advantage plans in a retirement planning portfolio (2 of 2)

Medicare Advantage plans: finding the right regulatory and funding mix (1 of 2)

Longevity projections -- a key consideration in retirement planning

Comparative effectiveness research may offer a path toward lower healthcare costs

Seniors and the vanishing primary care physician

The post-election outlook for seniors’ healthcare costs (2 of 2)

The post-election outlook for seniors’ healthcare costs (1 of 2)

Medicare Advantage plans and the standards of care

Knowing two basic facts and taking two annual actions can help to control healthcare costs

Rx drug savings can be found, but it isn’t always easy (2 of 2)

Part D's open enrollment period is a neglected rite of autumn (1 of 2)

Television advertising may be a sign of Medicare’s growing market concentration (2 of 2)

What seniors should know as Medicare’s market concentration grows (1 of 2)

When and where a Medicare Advantage PPO plan is superior to a Medigap policy

Retirement healthcare costs and the financial consequences of unhealthy lifestyles

The Age and Gender Bias in Retirement Healthcare Spending

Retirement healthcare costs and dental coverage

Medicare’s Part D: retirees can usually find ways to cut costs (3 of 3)

Medicare’s Part D: does competition among plans reduce seniors’ costs? (2 of 3)

Part D's controversy and value (1 of 3)

The importance of Advantage plans' quality ratings (2 of 2)

The importance of Advantage plans' quality ratings (1 of 2)

Finding ways to trim costs in employer retiree plans

End-of-life care and retirement healthcare costs

Retirement healthcare costs and the Supreme Court's decision

The Essential Medicare Advantage plan

Wellness and retirement healthcare costs

Medigap policies (3 of 3): The coming changes

Medigap policies (2 of 3): Pre-existing conditions and the risks of going through underwriting

Medigap policies (1 of 3): Ways that retirees may avoid steep premium increases

What is the cost of healthcare in retirement?

Accountable care organizations and how to find one, maybe (2 of 2)

Medicare's new accountable care organizations: can they lower costs while improving care? (1 of 2)

Medicare and the ways that younger retirees can anticipate its cost curve

Medicare, retirement healthcare costs, and the primary care physician

Soft economy slows the growth rate in Medicare’s and retirees’ healthcare costs

Looking for solutions to Medicare's costly fee-for-service approach (2 of 2)

Looking for solutions to Medicare’s costly fee-for-service approach (1 of 2)

Dealing with high healthcare costs in late retirement

Medicare's Part D: High costs and green shoots

People with chronic conditions are living longer

Medicare and the High Costs of Overtreatment

When you need to find a new doctor (2 of 2)

When you need to find a new doctor (1 of 2)

Medicare and the engaged (wary) consumer

What Medicare doesn't cover -- facilities fees, private rooms, and concierge medicine

Can Medicare's new accountable care organizations save money and improve quality?

Medicare and health insurance coverage when traveling

Medicare's opportunities to reduce healthcare costs didn't completely end in December

At Christmas, a kind word for Medicare Advantage plans

Medicare’s future benefit changes: reading the demographic tea leaves

Medicare, income taxes and healthcare costs

Medicare’s costs, retirement spending levels, and the four percent rule

Medigap policies: a tale of two markets (3 of 3)

Medigap policies: is lifetime guaranteed access on its way? (2 of 3)

Medigap policies and their costly virtues (1 of 3)

Raising the bar for Medicare Advantage plans

Medicare Part D: More choices mean less choosing (3 of 3)

Medicare Part D -- Avoiding Restrictions and Reducing Costs (2 of 3)

Medicare’s Part D Stand-Alone Plans: Bending the Cost Curve (1 of 3)

Prevention, wellness programs and long-term retirement healthcare costs (2 of 2)

Prevention, wellness programs, and retirement healthcare costs (1 of 2)

Medicare Advantage plans: health insurance with declining premiums

What to look for (and not) in choosing a Medigap policy

Medicare and the two basic steps in planning for retirement healthcare costs

Evaluating Medicare employer supplemental plans

Medicare and the pending re-design of Medigap policies

Medicare Advantage plans, managed care, and network restrictions

Medicare's 5-star quality ratings

Avoiding the excesses of Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design (3 of 3)

Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design (2 of 3)

Fee-for-Service Medicare and surging healthcare costs (1 of 3)

Accountable care and the country's Top 10 Medicare Advantage plans (3 of 3)

Medicare, accountable care, and the primary care physician (2 of 3)

Medicare and accountable care (1 of 3)

Longevity and healthcare spending during retirement

Value-based insurance design and Medigap plans (2 of 2)

Medicare meets value-based insurance design (1 of 2)

Minimizing costs in employer retiree plans

Catastrophic protection and the various types of Medicare supplemental coverage

Adjusting the estimates for retirement healthcare costs

Medicare coverage and the aging curve

Medicare's wellness visit as a cost-reduction tool

Avoiding costly Medicare enrollment mistakes

Medicare: controlling costs by seeing younger physicians

Controlling drug costs: discovering substitutes for brand-name drugs (3 of 3)

Controlling Medicare's Part D costs (2 of 3)

Medicare's Part D costs are not managed well by most retirees (1 of 3)

Women's vs. men's retirement healthcare costs

Five reasons that Medicare Advantage plans have recently improved their coverage

Medicare's Part D and $4 Drugs

Medicare's unequal gaps

Medicare Costs: Higher incomes translate to higher premiums

Discounted Medigap premiums for the four newest plans

Medicare and concierge medicine

Medigap Select policies: a seldom-used way to cut costs

Medicare's perfect storm

Medicare's compressed enrollment periods

Developing written financial plans for managing retirement healthcare costs

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