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Paying for Care

If you are one of the 70 million people who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend, it's important for you to know there are some options available for the coverage of home care costs that you may not be taking advantage of.

The Pros and Cons of Long-Term Care Insurance

Is long-term care insurance a smart investment? What is it? Who should consider it? What does it cover, who's eligible and how much does it cost? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this section.

Facts about Medicare and Medicaid Coverage for Home Care

A discussion of what is and is not covered under federal programs could help you determine if the person you care for qualifies to receive benefits that could help underwrite the costs of care.

Assistance Resources

Find out if you could get paid for caregiving through the Cash and Counseling, other state programs or a long-term care insurance policy. We've also included advice on drawing up a personal care agreement to set up the terms of payment and avoid misunderstandings.

Articles, Resources & Videos
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How to Handle the Medicare Maze (1 of 5)

Topics in this series include the components of Medicare, Medicare eligibility and enrollment, types of Medicare coverage, supplemental insurance, and where to find Medicare information.

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Medicare Eligibility and Enrollment - How to Handle the Medicare Maze (2 of 5)

Medicare eligibility and enrollment in Medicare covered in depth. Topics covered include the four parts of Medicare coverage, and eligibility based on age and residency.

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Types of Medicare Coverage - How to Handle the Medicare Maze (3 of 5)

The four parts of Medicare are covered in depth in the third entry from the "How to Handle the Medicare Maze" video series, including Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)

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Supplemental Insurance Covers What Medicare Doesn't - How to Handle the Medicare Maze (4 of 5)

Medicare supplemental insurance, also referred to as a "medigap policy", is private health insurance for those enrolled in Medicare Part A and B. Medicare pays none of the costs for a medigap policy, which helps pay for costs that Medicare doesn't cover such as copays, co-insurance, and deductibles. It also does not cover Medicare parts C and D.

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How to Find Medicare Information - How to Handle the Medicare Maze (5 of 5)

Finding Medicare information can be tricky and time consuming, but these government and non-profit sources that can make your research easier and faster, with some resources dedicated to helping you identify benefits that can save you money.

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How to Handle the Canadian Medicare Maze (1 of 4)

An introduction to the basics of the Canada Health Act, also known as Medicare. This national program is made of of thirteen provincial and territorial health insurance plans all which share common features and basic standards of coverage.

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Five Facts About The Canada Health Act - How to Handle the Canadian Medicare Maze (2 of 4)

Video of the 5 guiding principals of The Canada Health Act: public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, accessibility, and portability.

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Provincial & Territorial Medicare in Canada - How to Handle the Canadian Medicare Maze (3 of 4)

An explanation of Canada's universal health care system, which is an interlocking set of 10 provincial and 3 territorial health insurance plans. This video discusses eligibility requirements and answers questions about the system, including relocating to other provinces or territories.

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How to Find Canadian Medicare Information - How to Handle the Canadian Medicare Maze (4 of 4)

This detail covers resources where you can find valuable information about your coverage under the Canadian universal health care system. It also delves into the topic of supplemental insurance.

Most people buy long-term care insurance in their 50s and early 60s. The cost goes up with age, but it's still affordable for many people over age 65.

What Is Long-term Care Insurance?

Long-term care insurance can be an effective way to minimize expenses for older adults. Long-term care insurance is intended to reduce out-of-pocket costs if someone winds up needing long-term care

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