The Prepare for Medicare Weekly: Monday, January 14, 2019

Cigna Plans Broader Medicare Advantage Offerings (Forbes) Their CMS-imposed marketing sanctions behind them, it looks like Cigna is looking to get back into the MAPD game in a big way.

Another Take on the 2019 Open Enrollment Period (CNBC) More Medicare Advantage plans are available in 2019 than ever before, but there are some rules you’ll want to be aware of before you use your OEP election.

Summary of What’s New for Social Security and Medicare for 2019 (PBS) The Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) is increasing 2.8 percent. The average 2018 benefit of $1,422 a month will rise to $1,461 in 2019. This is up from 2 percent last year and is the largest adjustment since 2011

Inquisitive Fellow Questioning Why Some Pay More for Their Medicare Coverage ( Didja know rich people pay more for an “entitlement” program? Oh, yeah.

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