Take advantage of easier enrollment requirements for your small business

Limited-time promotion for small groups Give your employees the option of high-quality Kaiser Permanente coverage with this new, limited time promotion. Here’s what you need to know. What’s the promotion? New small groups with effective dates 5/1/2019-1/1/2020, will only need 50% health plan participation instead of 70%. *This means only 50% of a small group’s […]

Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage: What’s the Difference?

Like any other federal program, Medicare is confusing. Medicare.gov offers hundreds of pages of explanation but learning the basics can be like learning a new language at first glance! This article discusses Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage. Medicare has four basic parts: A, B, C, and D. Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient hospital stays, care […]

CMS finalizes Medicare Advantage, Part D payment policies: 4 things to know

CMS issued a final rule April 1 to update 2020 payment policies for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized updates that will take significant steps in continuing the Trump administration’s efforts to increase competition among Medicare Advantage and Part D plans so patients get higher quality […]

Extra Help Basics

Extra Help federal program helps pay for some to most of the out-of-pocket costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. It is also known as the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS). Extra Help eligibility If your monthly income is up to $1,581 in 2019 ($2,134 for couples) and your assets are below specified limits, you may be eligible for Extra Help (see the Extra […]