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How Does Traditional Medicare Factor Into Your Healthcare Coverage in Retirement?

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor | CWS®, Vice President Investments

September 18, 2013

Traditional Medicare is another name for Medicare Parts A and B. Most people are automatically enrolled in Parts A and B and receive their benefit cards 3 months before their 65th birthday. You’ll be automatically enrolled if you’re already receiving Social Security retirement benefits when you turn 65.1

If you’re not automatically enrolled and want to apply, there is a seven month window to join:  three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after your 65th birthday. If you miss that window, there is “General Enrollment” every year between January 1 and March 31.1

Below we’ll break down the differences between Medicare Part A and Part B.

Medicare Part A: Costs and Benefits

Part A usually requires no premium payments, though there are some deductibles and coinsurances associated with coverage (more on these costs below). Part A covers hospitalization, or inpatient care. This includes hospital care, nursing facility care, nursing home care, hospice, and home health services.2

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Understanding Your Options for Healthcare Coverage in Retirement

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The Basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, and Medigap As you enter retirement or approach the age of 65, there are a lot of questions about what happens next: When should I start taking Social Security? How should I diversify my portfolio to ensure my long-term investment goals are met? Equally important is setting up your healthcare coverage. You’ll need to consider your healthcare needs, what coverage options are available to you, what the cost is going to be, what your budget allows, and so on. In our four-part series on Medicare, we’ll examine details about your healthcare options in retirement, to give you a foundation for making informed decisions as you build your comprehensive financial plan. [+] Read More