Soon be 65? The Social Security system no longer automatically enrolls individuals in MediCARE when they turn 65.
Call the local Social Security office and ask for a meeting with a retirement person. Going to the office is best. There are many reports of errors when the 800# was called.
MediCARE's Part B pays 80% of the amount allowed for your physician and outpatient treatment! What to do? Cover your 20% by buying a Medicare Health plan.
Gain a better understanding of how Medicare's Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (MD & out patient) work by calling my Google Voice # today - (860) 451-9793. We can set up a no cost to you conversation about MediCARE and review the certainty gained by buying a Medicare Health Plan:
One Option: A Medicare Supplement, which pays part or all of the eligible medical treatment expenses MediCARE does not cover. When enrolled in this special health insurance you can receive medical treatment, in any state, from any provider that accepts MediCARE. These plans are often called MediGap plans. Some points:
- Supplement A has the least coverage. Supplement B includes more. F provides full coverage.
- Coverage in each Medicare Supplement in Connecticut plan is the same no matter what company you select but there can be considerable variation in their monthly premiums.
- Supplement N's monthly cost is lower than F. In Plan N you pay Part B's $147 deductible, a $20 co-pay for office visits, and a $50 co-pay for emergency room visits.
- Surveys have found 9 out of 10 people were happy with their Medicare Supplement coverage.
MediCARE's Part A, or Part B, or a Supplement do not cover prescription medications you receive on an outpatient basis. You can gain help paying for medications you receive at the pharmacy by enrolling in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). A PDP is MediCARE's Part D. Enrolling in Part D is important since a penalty will be applied if you don't sign up when eligible unless you have credible prescription coverage such as an employer plan.
A Second Option - a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. MA plans are available from private insurance companies and are MediCARE Part C. Some points:
- You pay a monthly premium and receive at least the same or more benefits as in original MediCARE.
- When enrolled in a Medicare Advantage in Connecticut most medical treatment visits have co-pays and are received through the companies network of providers. Treatment visits have co-pays but your cost sharing is limited by the plan's annual maximum out of pocket (MOP) provision.
- MA companies have a yearly contract with MediCARE and receive a fixed monthly payment for each person who enrolls. Most MA plan include coverage for Part D prescription expenses, which makes them a MAPD plan.
- MA plans include more extensive preventive care, such as annual physicals, then in original MediCARE and are usually more economical than a MediGap plan plus a Part D plan. Thus, they are of interest to many individuals.
Another way to lower the monthly premium and reduce your Medicare Health plan's cost sharing is to select the High Deductible Medicare Supplement ($2,180 in 2015). Together with a Part D plan for medications the monthly cost is lower than some MA plans.
Surveys of people close to 65 tell us more than 50% are confused about Medicare and only about 10% understand Medicare's Part C!
I would like to - Ask you to call my Google Voice # today - (860) 451-9793. We can meet for a no cost to you conversation to:
- Translate all the information you have received or found and help you select effective and economical coverage.
- Compare the value gained with a Medicare Supplements in Connecticut or Medicare Advantage plan in Connecticut.
You can also send a note to - John@Parker.agency
Interested in coverage for a short time?
Short Term Medical plans are not qualified health reform plans and do not cover any pre existing conditions. What do they do? Provide economical coverage for unexpected medical situations for a short period. For example:
- When a new employer plan is not effective for a couple months?
You can view various deductible options and costs on the Parker Agency site of HCC Medical Insurance Services. HCC is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best.
You can look here for network providers.
Questions on short term plans? Send a note to - John@Parker.agency