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Comparing Medigap Policy Costs - Kiplinger

Comparing Medigap Policy Costs

My mother is paying $171 per month for her medicare supplement insurance policy. Is that about right?

By Kimberly Lankford , Contributing Editor

May 15, 2006

My mother is paying $171 per month for her medicare supplement insurance policy. Is that about right?

That sounds in the ballpark, but the specifics vary a lot depending on her age, where she lives and the type...

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How to Compare Medicare Advantage Plans - Kiplinger

What should I look for when comparing Medicare Advantage plans during open-enrollment season this year? Can you suggest some resources to help?

The best tool for comparing Medicare Advantage plans, all-in-one private plans that provide medical and well as drug benefits, is the Plan Finder tool at

Start at the Plan Finder main page, where you can personalize your search by entering...

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Cost Sharing Trims Medigap Premiums - Kiplinger's Personal ...

Take a look at the high-deductible Plan F or at Plan N Medicare supplement plans for comprehensive coverage with lower premiums and more cost sharing.

By Kimberly Lankford , Contributing Editor

September 27, 2013

In your How to Find a Cheaper Medigap Plan column, you talked about the rules for switching plans after age 65. Which plans do you recommend? I have Plan F, but I'd like to lower my...

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Medicare Premiums Will Be a Little Higher in 2017 - Kiplinger

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What You'll Pay for Medicare Premiums in 2018

What are Medicare premiums in 2018? The standard premium of $134 for Medicare Part B won't change, but some recipients will still end up paying more.

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By Kimberly Lankford , Contributing Editor

Updated March 16, 2018

QHow much will I pay for Medicare Part B in 2018? Are some people still protected by the hold-harmless...

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Medicare Part B Premiums in 2016 - Kiplinger

The premiums are not as high as they were expected to be. Because Medicare Part B premiums are designed to cover 25% of total Part B costs each year, the monthly premium would have been $120.70 across the board in 2016 if everyone were on the hook for the increase, according to the Medicare trustees' report. But most Medicare beneficiaries are protected by the "hold-harmless provision," a law...

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When to Sign Up for Medicare, 2017 - Kiplinger's Personal ...

Beware costly penalties for not enrolling in Medicare on time.


By Kimberly Lankford , Contributing Editor

May 5, 2017

QI'm going to turn 65 later this year. How far in advance do I need to sign up for Medicare, and when will the coverage actually start?

AIf you're already receiving Social Security benefits, you'll automatically be enrolled in Medicare and you'll get your Medicare card...

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Lower Your Medicare Premiums - Kiplinger's Personal Finance

I've been paying extra for Medicare Part B because of my income. But I'm about to retire in August. Can I get my Part B premiums reduced after my income goes down, or do I need to wait until 2009 for the premiums to be readjusted?

You can get your Part B premiums reduced after you retire, and you don't need to wait until 2009.

First, some background: In 2007, Medicare started to base Part B...

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