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Matt’s Corner – Blog

Matt Feret

Welcome to the Prepare for Medicare blog!

Welcome to the Prepare for Medicare blog!  I’m thrilled you’re here.  I’ll use this blog space on the website to keep you up-to-speed with things that affect your Medicare coverage, current events and important dates and timelines.

I wrote my book, Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide to Buying Medicare Insurance to help you quickly understand Medicare, narrow down your choices, purchase a plan with the help of an expert Medicare insurance agent or DIY, and move on with your life.

That said, Medicare rules change all the time and there’s always something new!  Keep paying attention to this space and I’ll post updates regularly.

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Does IRMAA Apply to Medicare Advantage Plans?

Does IRMAA Apply to Medicare Advantage Plans?

Dear Matt, I turn 65 soon and am considering buying a Medicare Advantage Plan. I understand IRMAA impacts both my Medicare Part B premiums, as well as my Medicare Part D costs. If I buy a Medicare Part C plan (Medicare Advantage), can I avoid an IRMAA charge? Thanks,...

How Do I Drop Medicare Part B?

How Do I Drop Medicare Part B?

Dear Matt, I turn 65 in a few months but plan to keep working. How do I decline or drop Medicare Part B if I stay on my employer’s health insurance plan? I don’t need to have Medicare Part B if I have “real” insurance provided by my employer, do I? Thanks, Lucas M....

IRMAA Appeals for High Income Retirees

IRMAA Appeals for High Income Retirees

Dear Matt, Early on in your book, you explain IRMAA, which is good, but you fail to explain that high income retirees (with high income two years before retirement)should file form SSA-44 to claim correct income for the first two years after retirement. My income...

Medicare Scam or Medicare Survey? Does Medicare Ever Call You?

Medicare Scam or Medicare Survey? Does Medicare Ever Call You?

Dear Matt, I don't remember if you covered Medicare scams or not in your book. I got a call this morning purporting to be from Medicare. He said they were taking a survey. I asked if this was an attempt to sell me on some Medicare insurance, and he said no, that he...

IRMAA Thresholds and What Counts Towards IRMAA

IRMAA Thresholds and What Counts Towards IRMAA

Dear Matt, When referring to IRMAA in your book you say, "if you make a lot of money or have a lot of money, you pay more for Medicare.” What is your definition of a lot of money? What “counts” towards IRMAA? Many thanks! Stephanie S.     Stephanie, It seems...

Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Testing?

Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Testing?

Dear Matt, Does Medicare pay for at-home rapid COVID testing? Thanks, Ashley S.   COVID-19 Testing and Medicare Coverage   Ashley, Original Medicare does not yet officially cover rapid over-the-counter OTC COVID-19 tests. Still, on February 3, 2022, Medicare...

Should I Buy or Stay On a Medicare Plan with a Low Star Rating?

Should I Buy or Stay On a Medicare Plan with a Low Star Rating?

Should I Buy or Stay On a Medicare Plan with a Low Star Rating? Dear Matt, I was researching Medicare Advantage plans in my area. One caught my eye, but it’s rated two Stars by Medicare. In your experience, do the Medicare Star ratings reflect on the company or the...