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Question:
What is the late enrollment penalty for Part A and who has to pay it?
Answer:
If you aren't eligible for premium-free Part A and don't purchase it when you first become eligible, your monthly premium will increase by 10%.
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I’m about to lose health insurance from my employer. How soon must I sign up for Part D prescription drug coverage to avoid being hit with late penalties?
Answer:
You must participate in a Part D prescription drug plan within two months of withdrawing creditable drug coverage from another source to escape late penalties.
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Question:
Do Medicare Advantage plan also have a doughnut hole in their coverage?
Answer:
The doughnut hole (also known as the coverage gap) is a function of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.
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Question:
What are my options if my Medicare Advantage plan is ending at the end of this year?
Answer:
You can enter another Medicare Advantage plan or enroll in original Medicare if your Medicare Advantage plan expires at the end of the year.
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Question:
I have original Medicare (Parts A and B). Do I also have to enroll separately in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage?
Answer:
If you have “creditable” drug coverage from another source, you do not need Part D. Otherwise, entering a stand-alone Part D drug plan is the only way Medicare can help you pay for your prescription drugs.
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Question:
Can I use my Medicare Part D drug coverage anywhere in the United States?
Answer:
If the Part D plan you chose provides nationwide coverage, you'll be able to fill prescriptions in other areas of the world.
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