Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Medicare Part B

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Q. I am a recent retiree and have to decide whether to obtain Medicare Part B coverage. I have, and intend to keep, my Blue Cross coverage. I am trying to determine whether I should opt for Medicare Part B for my wife and I, even though I have Blue Cross. The Medicare Part B monthly payments would range about $150 for each of us.

A. Only you can answer that question. To help you arrive at a decision, start by reading OPM’s helpful guide to Federal Employees Health Benefits and Medicare. You’ll find it at www.opm.gov/insure/health/medicare/index.asp.

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