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The Fundamentals of Medicare

Exam Questions: 100
Course Level: Basic
Pages: 460 | Content: 426, Supplemental: 34
NASBA Area of Study: Management Services
Not Acceptable for: Enrolled Agents
Version: 7945

This course will serve as a guide to help navigate your way through the often-intimidating Medicare process. You'll find out about the benefits offered and how to avoid common costly pitfalls. Making sense of Medicare can sometimes feel insurmountable, but this course gives you the accurate, practical information you and your clients will need to overcome the confusion and handle the Medicare process with confidence. PLEASE NOTE: Not accepted for Enrolled Agents. All course material provided. No prerequisites. Course level: Basic.

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Table of Contents
  • GETTING STARTED WITH MEDICARE
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare
  • Spelling Out What Medicare Covers
  • Understanding What You Pay Toward Your Costs in Medicare
  • Reducing Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Medicare
  • THE HOWS AND WHENS OF MEDICARE
  • Qualifying for Medicare
  • Enrolling in Medicare at the Right Time for You
  • Discovering How to Sign Up for Medicare
  • Understanding How Medicare Fits in with Other Health Insurance
  • MAKING SMART CHOICES AMONG MEDICARE'S MANY OPTIONS
  • Making Sense of Medicare's Many Options
  • Choosing Wisely if You Go with Traditional Medicare
  • Making Smart Choices if You Opt for Medicare Advantage
  • Getting Help in Making Medicare Choices
  • NAVIGATING MEDICARE FROM THE INSIDE
  • Starting Out as a New Medicare Beneficiary
  • Getting the Inside Scoop on Using Certain Medicare Benefits
  • Changing Your Medicare and Medigap Coverage
  • Knowing Your Rights
  • Top Ten Medicare Mistakes
Objectives
  • To identify common concerns about Medicare
  • To identify the type of coverage offered by Medicare Part A and Part B
  • To identify specifics about Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments
  • To identify specifics about Medigap supplemental insurance
  • To identify the eligibility requirements for Medicare at age 65
  • To identify Medicare's enrollment period requirements
  • To recognize the differing enrollment options for Parts A and B
  • To recognize how to coordinate benefits with additional health insurance
  • To recognize the differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans
  • To recognize the importance of comparing plans carefully
  • To identify how to pick the right Medicare Advantage plan
  • To recognize when and where to search for help with decisions on plan choices
  • To identify what coverage actually covers
  • To recognize how to make sense of the different parts of Medicare
  • To recognize the intricacies involved with changing coverage
  • To identify your legal rights concerning Medicare coverage
  • To identify the top 10 mistakes often made when using Medicare

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