Tag Archives: Medicare

Obamacare: when to drop your child

When do I have to drop my child from my health plan at work? Cutting The Ties Dear Cutting The Ties, In most states and situations, your insurer will drop your child the month after he or she turns 26.  If your plan offers COBRA, then COBRA would be available.  Some states require insurers to allow […]

U.S. spends more on healthcare, no easy answer why

How is the U.S. spending so much money on healthcare when people pay for their medical bills with health insurance? Home Economist Dear Home Economist, If your question is about why the U.S. (federal) government spends so much money, then the answer is four-fold: 1) Medicare 2) Medicaid 3) Federal government employees 4) Military members and families Altogether, the federal […]

Affrordable Care Act: Medicare Part D donut hole disappearing

Why is there a doughnut hole in Medicare’s drug coverage? Puzzled Dear Puzzled, The doughnut hole design allows the program to manage its outlay for high-cost/ high-need members.  After the member has reached the doughnut hole, he or she is “back on the hook” for some of the drug costs.  Thus, the member has a […]

Affordable Care Act: when to go to the exchange, after divorce

If current medical coverage is provided as part of spouses retirement package until November of 2014 and a divorce is granted in October, when will I need to apply for marketplace insurance for myself?  I’m three years away from getting Medicare. Hoosier Stater Dear Hoosier Stater, You should look at your options now for a […]

Obamacare: husband turns 65, leaving wife on exchange plan

My husband and I are currently purchasing a plan through the Individual Marketplace. My husband turns 65 next month, and I turn 61 next month. Will I be able to keep our current plan with subsidies while my husband enrolls in Medicare? What are our options? Sofia in California Dear Sofia, When your husband enrolls […]

Obamacare: did not change Medigap plans

I have a friend whose husband is dying.  He is getting a lot of medical care, including stuff that Medicare does not cover.  It’s costing them a lot of money.  They are both in their 70′s, retired to New Mexico, and never bought a Medicare supplemental plan.  Can they buy one now?  And would his […]