Part A — Hospital Insurance
Think of this as room and board coverage if your receiving inpatient care. Part A also covers some skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice care.
If you have worked 40 quarters or 10 years are entitled to premium free Part A. Part A has a deductible and per diem for defined benefit periods.
Part B — Medical Insurance
Part B pays for doctors’ services, outpatient hospital care and home health visits not covered under Part A. It also covers laboratory tests such as X-rays and blood work, medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, preventive screening, outpatient physical therapy, mental health care and ambulance services.
Part B has a monthly premium, which is typically deducted from your Social Security check. Depending on your annual income, your Part B premium may vary. Medicare Part B also has an annual deductible.
Part D — Prescription Drug Insurance
Medicare Part D has a separate monthly premium which may vary among plans. Medicare drug coverage is offered through Medicare-approved private insurance plans. Medicare Part D can be purchased through standalone drug plans (called PDPs) or through a Medicare Advantage plan (called MA-PD). Part D is optional coverage, only if you have other creditable coverage Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C)—A type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage
Supplements also called Medigap plans are sold by private insurance companies. If you have a Medigap, it pays part or all of certain remaining costs after Original Medicare pays. Medicare Supplement may cover outstanding deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. Medicare Supplement may also cover health care costs that Medicare does not cover at all, like reimbursement for some medical care received when travelling abroad. Remember, Medicare Supplement only work with Original Medicare. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you do not need to buy a Medicare.
Medicare Advantage Plans
Medicare Part C is not a separate benefit. Part C is the part of Medicare that allows private health insurance companies to provide Medicare benefits. These Medicare private health plans, such as HMOs and PPOs, contract with the federal government and are known as Medicare Advantage Plans. Medicare Advantage Plans must offer, at minimum, the same benefits as Original Medicare (those covered under Parts A and B) but can do so with different rules, costs, coverages. And in most cases, offering additional benefits (vision, hearing, dental, transportation, etc.) You also typically get Part D as part of your Medicare Advantage benefits package (MAPD).
Delaying Enrollment (SEP)
If you or your spouse is still working after age 65 for an employer that provides group health insurance, you may be elidable to delay Medicare enrollment until you separate from your employers sponsored coverage. There are special rules and not all employer coverage will qualify to delay your Medicare enrollment. You will need to sign up for Medicare within eight months of leaving the job or the coverage ending to avoid the penalty. Small Group (under 20 employees) Retiree health insurance and COBRA coverage are not forms of health insurance that allow you to avoid Medicare's late enrollment penalty.
Medical Deadline Part D
Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage has the same initial enrollment period of the seven months around your 65th birthday as Medicare parts A and B, but the penalty is different. The late enrollment penalty is applied if you go 63 or more days without credible prescription drug coverage after becoming eligible for Medicare.
Caution: If you delayed your Medicare enrollment because you had Employer sponsored coverage, part D has a different penalty period. 63 days. *The penalty is calculated by multiplying 1% of the "national base beneficiary premium" by the number of months you didn't have prescription drug coverage after Medicare eligibility and rounding to the nearest 10 cents. This amount is added to the Medicare Part D plan you select each year. And as the national base beneficiary premium increases, your penalty also grows.
Annual "Open" Enrollment Deadline
You can make changes to your Medicare coverage during the annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this period, you can switch to a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, join a Medicare Advantage Plan or drop a Medicare Advantage Plan and return to original Medicare. Changes made during this period will take effect on Jan. 1 of the following year.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Deadline
Medicare Advantage Plan participants can switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan or drop their Medicare Advantage Plan and return to original Medicare, including purchasing a Medicare Part D plan, from Jan. 1 to March 31 each year. You can only make one change per year during this period, and the new plan will begin on the first of the month after your request is received.
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Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans change yearly. These changes can cost you if you are not paying close attention:
Premiums can go up.
Deductibles can change.
Co-pays can increase.
Reading through the insurance carriers “notifications” is sometimes mind boggling. Approximately 52.6m Americans are enrolled in Medicare and only 13% review their coverage annually. That is a lot of surprises come January.
Medicare rules and complexities can be confusing and scary. Who has the time and interest in becoming an expert on Medicare regulation? (Well we did, but that's a long story).
Timing is critical when it comes to Medicare. One wrong move can cost you tens of thousands of dollars and leave you without critical coverage.
We see too many people get confused early on.
They try to jump right into figuring out Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans or how Medicare will coordinate with their employer coverage. That is putting the cart before the horse, so let’s set that aside for now. Before you worry about all that, let’s first familiarize you with the Medicare basics.
Medicare has PARTS - Insurance has PLANS – this little tip will help you decide if you're talking about Medicare or an Insurance Plan that works with Medicare.
Together, Parts A and B are known as Original Medicare. They cover some, but not all, health care expenses. Original Medicare has deductibles and co-insurance and does not pay for long-term personal care services at home or long-term care. Original Medicare also does not cover eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental care or non-emergency care provided outside the U.S. It also does not cover deductibles and coinsurance.
Original Medicare may not be enough coverage to protect both your health and well-being. Original Medicare’s cost sharing, deductibles and co-pays can be unpredictable and difficult to discern. There is no annual limit on what beneficiaries could be expected to pay out-of-pocket. Choosing a coverage option that works with Original Medicare can help protect beneficiaries from unexpected costs.
Individuals who are receiving Social Security benefits may be automatically enrolled in Medicare parts A and B, and coverage begins the month they turn 65. But those who haven't claimed Social Security will need to take action to sign up for Medicare. Your coverage can begin as early as the first day of the month you turn 65, or the first day of the prior month if your birthday falls on the first of the month.
Is Medicare mandatory?
No part of Medicare is mandatory, but if you choose to enroll in any part of Medicare after your Initial Enrollment Period, you could face financial penalties unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period with creditable employer coverage.
What is the late enrollment penalty for Medicare Part B?
Medicare Part B enrollment is complicated, and the wrong decision can leave you without health coverage for months – and lead to lifetime premium penalties.
Can I keep my doctor and/or specialist?
Keeping your doctors and/or specialists is our number one priority. We will always try our best to find a plan which your doctor accepts. Each situation is different, and we will discuss all your options in further detail at your benefit review.
Will my medications be covered?
Our Medicare Concierge will always do a complete review of your medications to ensure you are placed on a plan that covers your specific drug needs.
Does Medicare cover long-term care?
No. This is a surprise for most people. Medicare covers up to 100 days of skilled nursing care only, and that’s following a hospitalization and based on doctor’s orders. Medicare does not cover custodial care at all. This is the type of care older people need when they have trouble bathing and dressing themselves. Medicare won’t pay for it.
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Am I automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B if I file for social security?
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