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Medicare Health Plans For You

Transitioning into Medicare for the first time or staying up-to-date with annual changes can be stressful & confusing. As your year-around personal agency, we are passionate about educating our clients on how the industry functions & the changes that are coming. We do this by proudly working with all of the top carriers to ensure our clients have the best option for their needs & connecting with CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). We remain current with our Medicare & AHIP licensing as an agency. Medicare does not need to be complex.

Medicare Health Plans

“Medicare covers care that is medically necessary.”

Medicare Health Insurance Explained

Medicare can provide coverage for a broad range of medical & prescription services. This includes pharmacy discounts, doctor/specialist visits, preventive visits, outpatient services, lab testing, emergency services, and medical equipment. It also includes coverage for major surgeries, treatment for cancer, hospital stays, skilled nursing and so much more.

Medicare covers care that is medically necessary.

Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) will pay 80% of your hospital & medical. You can join a separate Medicare drug plan to get Medicare drug coverage (Part D) that is designed to reduce expenses on monthly prescriptions. When using Original Medicare, you are able to go to any doctor or hospital within the U.S. that accepts Medicare. In order to help cover your out-of-pocket costs associated with Original Medicare (like your 20% coinsurance), you are able to shop and buy supplemental coverage (see Medigap section) which requires underwriting except for an individual’s initial enrollment.

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What is Medicare Initial Enrollment?     

Initial Enrollment mainly occurs only once for people who are turning 65 and lasts seven months (3 months prior to your birth month, your birth month, 3 months after your birth month). Once this time frame has passed you are required to answer health questions for underwritten plans in most states.  People who happen to be on Medicare under age 65 will get a rare second initial enrollment for when they turn 65.

What to Watch Out For

When becoming first eligible for Medicare signing up for Medicare Part B & Part D is not mandatory it is highly recommended that you enroll in both once becoming eligible for coverage. The unspoken truth is if you do not sign up for Part B or Part D than you will be subject to late enrollment penalties when you finally do need it. Enrollment Penalties: Part B = 10% per every 12 months added to premium Part D = 1% per month added to premium Once it comes time when this coverage is needed the last thing anyone wants to be stuck with is owing 20% of the cost for a surgery or expensive CT scan.

Medicare Part B Explained

Medicare Part B has a monthly premium that needs to be paid in order to keep it current. It also has a deductible that you are required to pay without a supplement. Luckily there are many supplement options out their that are designed to help save financial costs in the long run (See Medigap section). Keep in mind that Medicare Part B will cover only 80% of the cost of your outpatient care.

How do Medigaps Work?

Medigaps, also known as Medicare Supplements, are designed to provide you cost effective coverage within the Medicare system. They help cover the 20% you are responsible for when using your Original Medicare benefits. They also may help with covering for your Part B Deductible and provide a copay option for doctor/specialist visits.

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Medicare Explained

“Medicare Part B has deductibles that you will pay without a supplement.”

How do Medicare Advantage Plans Work?

A Medicare Advantage is a completely different way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by Medicare-approved private companies that must follow rules set by Medicare. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have Medicare but you’ll get most of your Part A and Part B coverage from your Medicare Advantage Plan, not Original Medicare.

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