Medicare telehealth would be extended under bill poised for House vote

As many Medicare beneficiaries know, having a doctor’s appointment via video on a laptop or tablet became standard when the pandemic hit. That method of delivering remote care — known as telehealth — to many retirees and most people in the over-65 crowd may have some staying power, at least for now. House lawmakers are … Read more

Strategies can help you avoid paying extra for Medicare premiums

Morsa Images | DigitalVision | Getty Images For some retirees, there’s an extra cost associated with Medicare premiums that can ambush their household budgets. Most Medicare enrollees pay the standard premium amounts for Part B (outpatient care) and Part D (prescription drugs). Yet an estimated 7% of Medicare’s 64.3 million beneficiaries end up paying extra … Read more

A possible reduction for Medicare Part B premiums is still in play

Choreograph | iStock | Getty Images For Medicare beneficiaries wondering whether their Part B premiums could be reduced, the waiting continues. More than three months after Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra ordered a reassessment of this year’s $ 170.10 standard monthly premium – a bigger-than-expected jump from $ 148.50 in 2021 – it … Read more

Medicare will soon start covering the cost of at-home Covid tests

Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get at-home Covid tests at no cost beginning early this spring, the government announced Thursday. The initiative comes after Medicare was not part of a Biden administration mandate that private insurers cover the cost of over-the-counter tests – up to eight … Read more