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Why did I receive a notice (bill) for my Medicare premiums?

Why did I receive a notice (bill) for my Medicare premiums?

You may receive a notice (bill) for Medicare premiums if you did not work at least 10 years and contribute to Medicare taxes. Medicare Part A is free if you've worked at least 10 years and contributed to Medicare taxes. If you do not qualify under these guidelines, you may pay a monthly premium that is determined by your work history and employment quarters. This premium is also known as a "Notice of Medicare Premium Payment Due." 

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Will Medicare cover me if I travel within or outside the U.S.?

Will Medicare cover me if I travel within or outside the U.S.?

You are covered anywhere in the United States if you receive care from a hospital and/or doctor that accepts Medicare. Coverage is provided in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Traveling in a location other than these areas means you are traveling “outside of the United States”. Your Medicare coverage is limited when you travel outside of the U.S.

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How can my Medicare plan premium be zero dollars ($0) or have no premium?

How can my Medicare plan premium be zero dollars ($0) or have no premium?

This premium is also known as a “Notice of Medicare Premium Payment Due."

Medicare Advantage plans offer the same, minimum coverage as Medicare Parts A and B. Private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans through their own pricing, which are monitored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Your Medicare Advantage plan may offer a low or $0 monthly premium, but you should be sure to review and understand other costs for which you may be responsible. For example, you may be responsible for prescription drug costs, copayments, coinsurance, and annual deductibles.

Experts recommend that you compare the costs of a Medicare Advantage plan with Medicare Part A and Part B before enrolling.

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