Philip's Recent Stories
Economy Feb 23Is it worth keeping Medicare if I’m covered by my new employer?
When you returned to work and reacquired group employer health insurance, you effectively got a "do over" on your Medicare sign-up rights.
Economy Feb 22Why Medicare beneficiaries should pay attention to ‘repeal and replace’ debate
As actual GOP plans come into sharper focus, sharp Medicare battle lines will form for politicians and the public alike. It will be crucial to look inside the packages to get an understanding of whether the Medicare program that would…
Economy Feb 15How does Social Security’s cost of living adjustment affect Medicare?
As predicted, people are confused about how Social Security’s meager 2017 cost of living adjustment, or COLA, is affecting their Part B premiums for Medicare.
Economy Feb 08My employer health insurance is unaffordable. Should I get Medicare?
While you do not have to get Medicare, because you’re covered by an employer plan, you always are free to drop your employer plan and get Medicare instead.
Economy Feb 01Column: Why aren’t my chiropractic appointments covered by Medicare?
Phil Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement.
Economy Feb 01Should we raise the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare?
Leading Republicans already have included such proposals in their evolving legislative packages. Journalist Philip Moeller looks at how the proposals would affect retirees.
Economy Jan 25Column: Why is my Medicare Part B premium more than my husband’s?
Why are Medicare Part B premiums different for a married couple if they have identical Medicare insurance plans? Journalist Phil Moeller explains.
Economy Jan 18Care provider directories wrong nearly half the time in Medicare Advantage plan lists
Most Medicare Advantage plans either prevent people from using providers not in their networks or charge them higher rates for out-of-network care. It’s thus very important that people review a plan’s network directory before enrolling in a plan. But what…
Economy Jan 10Column: Social Security will reduce paper statements in 2017. Here’s why it shouldn’t
The Social Security Administration just announced it would curtail sending paper statements to many people in order to save money. This is as bad an idea now as it was the last time the agency did this several years ago.
Economy Jan 04My meds are cheap. Do I really need a Medicare Part D drug plan?
In an effort to avoid Medicare's high-income surcharge, a Medicare beneficiary considers skipping a Part D drug plan. Should he? Journalist Phil Moeller has the answer in his weekly column, "Ask Phil."…