What are Medicare Star Ratings? Medicare star ratings rank Medicare plans from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. Any plan that has lower than 3 stars for three years in a row will be flagged as … [Read more...] about Do Medicare Star Ratings Matter?
The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) runs from October 15 to December 7. This is when you can join a new Medicare plan or make changes to an existing plan. Unless you experience a qualifying … [Read more...] about Why It’s Important to Review Your Medicare Plan Information
There are many Medicare terms and acronyms that can be confusing, whether you’re new to Medicare or have been receiving coverage for years. The Annual Notice of Chance, or ANOC, may be one. But the … [Read more...] about Why You Should Schedule an ANOC Meeting
Whether you’re new to Medicare or have been covered by Medicare for years, it can be confusing to sort through the options and choose a plan that meets your needs. The Twin City Underwriters’ … [Read more...] about The SurePlan® Medicare System Makes Medicare Decisions Easy
If you or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, whether for a routine procedure or an unexpected illness, it can be a stressful experience. Of the many details to keep track of, the patient’s … [Read more...] about Why Hospital Admittance Classification Could Impact Medicare Coverage
Has your Medicare plan unexpectedly denied coverage for a doctor visit, medical procedure, prescription medication, supply item or hospital stay? You have the right to appeal, and for that appeal to … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Filing a Medicare Appeal
Are you currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan or are you thinking of joining a Medicare Advantage Plan? Here are the top questions we receive about Medicare Advantage Plans and what you need … [Read more...] about Frequently Asked Questions About Medicare Advantage Plans
This year, in-person social gatherings aren’t possible in the interest of health and safety. Thankfully, technology can keep us connected. Keeping in touch can reduce feelings of isolation thereby … [Read more...] about Virtual Family Activities to Stay Connected While Apart
Each fall, everyone who is in a Medicare plan will receive an important document in the mail – a Plan Annual Notice of Change. What is a Plan Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)? An ANOC is a Plan … [Read more...] about How to Get Info About Plan Annual Notice of Change in 2020
If you have Medicare Part D or other drug coverage, drug costs can be a concern. One way to save money on prescription drug costs is to know the difference between preferred and standard drug costs. … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Preferred and Standard Drug Costs?
As you or a loved one approaches 65, there are many questions about Medicare. The first is usually the simplest: do I qualify for Medicare? There’s a lot of misinformation about Medicare and who … [Read more...] about How Can I Check My Medicare Eligibility?
The cold and snowy Minnesota months are upon us, so it’s time to start looking for a sunny and warm place to vacation. Before you travel abroad, be sure to read this information about Medicare … [Read more...] about Traveling Abroad with Medicare
Are you wanting to switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan? Or are you wanting to switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan? We’ve rounded up a list … [Read more...] about How to Sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan
There are many services covered by Medicare that you may not realize. Many people with Medicare do not know if mental health services are covered with their plan. Does Medicare Cover Mental Health … [Read more...] about Does Medicare Cover Mental Health Services?
Are you currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan or are you thinking of switching to a Medicare Advantage Plan? Here are the top questions we receive about Medicare Advantage Plans, and what … [Read more...] about Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare Advantage Plans
Have you heard about a Plan Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) but don’t know exactly what it is or what you need to know about it? We are here to help you understand more about the ANOC that your … [Read more...] about What is an ANOC and What Do I Need to Know About It?
Once you have your new Medicare card, you may have a few questions about how to properly destroy your old Medicare card and why Medicare is sending out new cards. We are here to answer your questions … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know About the New Medicare Cards
We’ve all heard about the friend or family member who fell and broke his or her hip and had to wait around for hours until somebody came and found them. You definitely don’t want this sort of … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Indoor Falls
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1 in 3 American adults are diagnosed with … [Read more...] about How to Control Your Blood Pressure [Infographic]
Do you want to make changes to your current Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug plan? During the Annual Election Period, you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare … [Read more...] about How to Change Your Medicare Plan During the Annual Election Period
Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us: Twin City Underwriters (TCU) just celebrated their 50th anniversary helping people make Medicare decisions. Who We Are We are an independent agency who … [Read more...] about Twin City Underwriters Turns 50!
It’s important to be prepared when you are getting ready for an international trip so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Besides remembering to grab your passport and pack extra socks, it’s … [Read more...] about Traveling Internationally with Medicare
With all the different Medicare options out there, it can be hard to know what is the best option. You may have heard of a “Medicare Advantage Plan” and wonder if it’s right for you. Simply put, a … [Read more...] about What is a Medicare Advantage Plan (And Do I Need One?)
Are you satisfied with your Medicare Advantage plan? If not, there may be other plan options available, you have until February 14th, 2018 to make a switch. Remind me…what is a MADP Plan? A Medicare … [Read more...] about Are You Satisfied With Your Medicare Advantage Plan?