Heading into retirement brings a slew of new topics to grapple with, and one of the most maddening may be Medicare. Figuring out when to enroll in Medicare and which parts to enroll in can be daunting even for the savviest retirees. To help you wade into the waters of this complicated federal health insurance program for retirement-age Americans, here are 11 essential things you must know about Medicare.
A Medicare insurance broker can be extremely helpful for a new beneficiary, because they are an independent insurance agent who is licensed to sell Medicare plans on behalf of a number of different insurance companies. This means that they can help you compare plans from multiple insurance carriers so that you can more easily consider what each plan covers, how much it costs and how well it fits your needs.
Adding a Medigap supplement insurance policy to your Original Medicare coverage can help reduce your out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and copays. Medigap policies are voluntary and have monthly premiums.
After the Medigap Open Enrollment Period, insurers can refuse to sell you a Medigap policy, delay coverage, or charge you a higher premium because of an existing health condition. The insurance company may also ask you to submit to a medical underwriting process and deny you coverage or charge you a higher rate based on its findings.
Whether you retire at 65 or keep working, you’ll be eligible for Medicare. Which means, you’ll have new choices in health plans — maybe more options than ever. There’s a lot to think about. So, it’s smart to start planning by asking these important questions.
Medicare supplement plans don’t work like most health insurance plans. They don’t actually cover any health benefits. Instead, these plans cover the costs you’re responsible for with Original Medicare.
People who qualify for Medicare at 65 have multiple options. One of the options is called Part C Medicare Advantage. These plans for the most part include Part D drug coverage within the policy. The other type of policy is called Medigap. Medigap plans are also known as a Medicare Supplement plans.
If you have an Original Medicare plan rather than a Medicare Advantage plan, you also have the option to fill many of the coverage gaps by purchasing a private Medicare supplemental insurance plan, also known as a Medigap plan.
Original Medicare often doesn’t cover all of your medical expenses. Learn more about how a Medicare Supplement Plan (or Medigap Plan) will save you money.
With so many Medicare Supplement plans to consider choosing the right coverage can be difficult.
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