Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement will be a key component in your overall quality of life. A pivotal first step in this process is finding health insurance that works for you, including Medicare coverage. We know that getting started can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this new territory alone. Let Renew be your guide as you compare your options, estimate your costs, and ultimately select a plan that works for you and your loved ones.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement will be a key component in your overall quality of life. A pivotal first step in this process is finding health insurance that works for you, including Medicare coverage. We know that getting started can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this new territory alone. Let Renew be your guide as you compare your options, estimate your costs, and ultimately select a plan that works for you and your loved ones.

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  • Will my healthcare coverage follow me abroad?

    For many people, having the freedom and time to travel is one of the most exciting aspects of retirement. While you may have been daydreaming about visiting Italy, Ireland, Indonesia, or Idaho  for years, it is less likely that you’ve dedicated as much thought to whether or not your health insurance coverage will follow you …

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  • Retiring before 65

    As far as retirement is concerned, people’s expectations are not always in line with reality. While the average expected age of retirement is 66, the actual average retirement age is 62, and that’s the highest it’s ever been. This means many people decide to retire before they’ve reached eligibility for one or more government programs …

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  • Is Medicare my only option after 65?

    Because Medicare is typically the most affordable option, and because many Americans are automatically eligible to receive premium-free Part A coverage due to their work history, most people over the age of 65 choose Medicare for their health insurance coverage. Unless you are receiving health care coverage from your (or your spouse’s) employer, it is …

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  • Ways to pay for Medicare

    So you’ve chosen a Medicare plan and are ready to submit an application. Whether it’s a Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, or Part D Prescription Drug Plan plan, you know about how much your monthly premium will be. But what are your options for payment? There are a few different ways you can pay your Medicare …

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  • Choosing the right Medigap policy

    One of the most important decisions you’ll make in retirement is the type of Medicare plan you choose.  And if you’re considering a Medicare Supplement (a.k.a. Medigap) plan, navigating the available options is the next big step. There are up to 11 different types of Medicare Supplement plans – depending on where you live and …

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  • Master Medicare in under 4 minutes

    Whether you’re just starting to dive into what Medicare is all about, 
or you’ve done enough research to thoroughly confuse yourself, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you find a way to make Medicare 
work for you.

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  • Quick-Start Guide to Retirement

    Not sure where to start with retirement? We’ve outlined the five essential questions you should be asking yourself in preparation for the next phase of your life. Retirement should be about relaxation and fun – not stress – so sit back, and let Renew be your guide! Renew has defined three major categories we believe …

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  • Coverage Wizard

    What type of additional coverage is right for you? Should you choose Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplement plan? Simply answer a few questions and Renew will provide a recommendation.

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  • What if I need help paying for Medicare?

    Access to Medicare is an essential benefit for older individuals. While it is provided by the government, it does cost money. Most people are entitled to premium-free Part A due to their work history (use our free to learn more about your status), but Medicare Part B and Part D both carry monthly premiums.  Fortunately, …

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  • Changing Medicare plans

    If you’re unhappy with your current Medicare plan or are just interested to see if there’s a better or more affordable plan that would work for you, you do have one opportunity each year to change your plan. It’s called the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and in 2018, that period will take place between Oct. …

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  • How much do drugs cost with Medicare?

    Understanding drug coverage and costs is an important part of getting the most out of Medicare. Drugs are typically one of the biggest costs people face while on Medicare. The average Medicare enrollee is on 5 prescriptions, and Medicare itself spends over $100 billion dollars a year on pharmaceuticals. Even if you aren’t regularly taking …

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  • Penalties for delaying Medicare

    While signing up for Medicare when you turn 65 isn’t technically mandatory, you will face significant penalties if you decide to sign up later and didn’t have another form of coverage in the meantime. It’s also important to note that, if you are over 65, there aren’t many other affordable options for insurance that aren’t …

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  • Initial Enrollment Period Finder

    If you’re eligible for Medicare, there is a short period of time where you’re able to sign up called the Initial Enrollment Period. Find out when you need to sign up for Parts A and B.

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  • Medicare Eligibility Check

    Not sure if you qualify for Medicare? Answer a few questions to confirm that you qualify for Parts A, B, and D. We can even help calculate your expected monthly payment.

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  • What Medicare coverage options are available?

    When it comes to Medicare coverage, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Luckily, there are many different coverage options available. Whether you take multiple prescription drugs daily or you’re fit as a fiddle, there is a combination of plans that can work for you. Now is a good time to think about your medical needs, both …

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  • How much does Medicare cost?

    Trying to estimate your medical costs is a difficult and often frustrating task. On most health insurance plans, you pay a monthly premium, and then pay “full price” for care until you reach your deductible. Once that’s met, you pay a smaller fixed amount, either through copays or coinsurance, each time you access care until …

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  • How do I sign up for Medicare?

    It’s best to think of signing up for Medicare as a (long) 2-step process. First, you need to sign up for Medicare Parts A and/or B (also known as Original Medicare), directly through the government. Once you’re enrolled and have your official Medicare card (which typically takes 3-4 weeks to arrive in your mailbox), you …

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  • When can I sign up for Medicare?

    Find out when you can sign up for Medicare. Learn about the different enrollment periods and what happens if you delay signing up.

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  • Am I eligible for Medicare?

    If you’re nearing your 65th birthday, your mailbox is probably bursting with advertisements about signing up for Medicare. While it’s true that turning 65 is generally the first requirement for Medicare eligibility, there are other factors that come into play, too. In this lesson, we’ll discuss several scenarios, as well as explain what you’ll need …

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  • What is Medicare?

    Whether you’re just starting to dive into what Medicare is all about, or you’ve done enough research to thoroughly confuse yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Medicare can be very difficult to navigate as there are lots of important choices to make and complex terms to sort through. But with a clear sense of …

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