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Medicare Can Be Confusing…

Our advice is free, because our mission is to provide education so you can make the best decision for your health care needs.  We believe that you should get all you deserve from the Medicare system, you earned it.
ICUSA represents all Medicare insurance companies, so we educate you on all your choices, then you can pick the best option. Our Medicare consultants work with you to help navigate the mysteries of Medicare. A major part of that consulting is providing Medicare education and solutions to thousands of retirees. We partner with companies like American Airlines, Farmers insurance and Edward Jones to assist their clients in navigating the Medicare system and selecting the best solutions. If you are looking for qualified unbiased assistance please attend one of our weekly workshops to find out more about your Medicare options. Or give us a call and set an appointment for a individual meeting.

Here’s a series of four short videos to start expanding your Medicare knowledge and preparedness:

Medicare Enrollment

First Steps

People just turning 65 or those who are over 65 but have been working and are now ready to retire most often have many questions and concerns about Medicare.  You need to be aware that certain steps that must be taken when signing up for Medicare to avoid any Medicare penalties.  We can help you take those steps.

Some of the top questions we receive are:

  • What is Medicare and what will it cover?
  • Do I need to buy additional Medicare supplements or is just Medicare enough?
  • When should I enroll and how is the best way to do it?
  • What is this prescription drug plan I have heard about and how does that work?

Our Recommendations

First: You must enroll in Medicare part A and B, you can usually to this on line by going to Social Security. Gov.  However, if you already have part A and just need to enroll for part B, you will need additional forms and may need to visit the social security office in person.  Each situation can be different.

Next find a qualified independent advisor to assist you in this process and help with finding the best Medicare supplement and Part D drug plan that works for you.

Our agency offers workshops every month that teach people on the basics of Medicare, and our team of advisors assist people on an individual basis by appointment.

 The ABC’s and D of Medicare

Most folks are skeptical of Medicare and think their old health insurance is better. Not true, if you package Medicare together with the correct supplement plan and Part D drug plan you have great insurance coverage.  So, how does Medicare work?

It is different from your traditional health insurance because it comes in parts.

Part A is essentially hospital insurance. After a per-occurance deductible of $1,288 is met Part A helps cover inpatient hospital care.

Part B covers Physicians, tests and labs etc.  After a yearly deductible of $166 part B covers about 80% of all the charges.  Part B has a monthly cost and is deducted from your social security payments.  The standard rate is $121.80 per month but that depends on your past income, it could be higher.

Part D is the prescription drug plan. It helps cover the cost of prescription drugs.  The average cost of a Part D plan is $32.50 per month.  The Part D plans are much more complicated however, there are coverage gaps and deductibles and specific formularies.  You can go to Medicare.gov and find a list of the plans available in your area.

Part C refers to a Medicare Advantage plan. This is where your Medicare benefits are transferred to a third party insurance company.  Call us for more information on the Advantage plans, we represent all the plans available in your area so we can help you sort through the maze.

 Medicare Plans

Medicare Supplement Plans

The most common supplemental plans provide coverage for your out-of-pocket expenses not paid by Medicare, such as copays, deductibles, coinsurance, as well as some services that may not be covered by Medicare, such as international travel emergencies. Plans vary, so look for a plan that provides the coverage you need. Medicare supplement plans are sold by private insurance companies, and you will usually pay a monthly premium. The cost of Medicare supplement plans can vary due to a number of factors, including the plan’s service area, the age you were when enrolling in Medicare or the age you currently are when enrolling in a Medicare supplement plan. Because premiums and out-of-pocket costs can vary, it is a good idea to shop around to ensure you find the best rate and policy to suit your needs.

Medicare Advantage Plans

With a Medicare Advantage Plan, sometimes referred to as Part C, your Medicare benefits are transferred to a third party insurance company. Medicare pays the insurance company a flat rate when you enroll, the insurance company then pays for the cost of your care.  Advantage Plans typically have co-pays for each service provided, like a Physician office visit could have a co-pay of $30.00 for example.  However, in a worst case scenario you have a maximum out of Pocket that can’t exceed $6,700 per year.  The reason many people choose a Medicare Advantage plan is because of cost.  Generally, Medicare Advantage plans are less expensive than Medicare supplement plans.  Advantage plans range in cost from $0 to $120 depending on the plan and the network.

 

 Taking The Next Step

When shopping for this type of insurance coverage, you have a lot of options. Choosing the coverage that is right for you will require matching up the plan that best fits with your specific insurance protection needs. While there is a lot of information about Medigap available, it is often best to work through your options with someone who knows this area well and who can help you to narrow down the policy that’s best for you.

For additional information on insurance quotes and how to cover the out-of-pocket costs that are associated with Medicare, Texas, Washington, and New Mexico residents should call or visit the nearest Insurance Connection USA location today. by enrolling people in Medicare.

Our agency offers workshops every month that teach people on the basics of Medicare, and our team of advisors assist people on an individual basis by appointment.  For more information call 940-382-4700 or:

Click her for a list of times and place for Medicare Workshops

To get all the details about Medicare Request a free copy of “The ABC’s and D of Medicare written by Bob Garrison

Simply click on this  link for the online Medicare Enrollment Application.

 

For More Information and find the answers to your questions, click on the links Below

Part B application form– If you already have Part A

Medicare employment verification form– Leaving a group Health plan and need to sign up for Part B

Medicare And You

Medicare Supplements Review

Medicare Advantage Plans

Extra Help with Medicare Part D Drug Costs

Medicare Initial Enrollment Period

Using the Online Medicare application to apply for Medicare

What Does Medicare Part B Cost?

Silver Sneakers Program

AARP Hearing Aid Benefit

Medicare Supplements

Medicare-part-b-payment-authorization

Medicare Changes for 2017

Care N Care Online Enrollment Application Link

2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

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