Joining a health or drug plan

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Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
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Medicare Information and Plan Comparisons

While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Fact Sheet

Kaiser Family Foundation describes MA payments as follows: “ Since 2006, Medicare has paid plans under a bidding process….The ACA of 2010 revised the methodology for paying plans and reduced the benchmarks…Reductions in benchmarks will be phased-in over 2 to 6 years between 2012 and 2016.  By 2017, when the new benchmarks are fully phased-in, the benchmarks will range from 95% of traditional Medicare costs in the top quartile of counties with relatively high per capita Medicare costs (e.g., Miami-Dade), to 115% of traditional Medicare costs in the bottom quartile of counties with relatively low Medicare costs (e.g., Boise).The ACA specified that plans with higher quality ratings would receive bonus payments added to their benchmarks, beginning in 2012.  The ACA also reduced rebates for all plans, but allowed plans with higher quality ratings to keep a larger share of the rebate than plans with lower quality ratings.  A CMS demonstration was implemented in 2012 that superseded bonuses specified by the ACA, raised the size of the bonus payments, and increased the number of plans that would receive bonus payments, providing an additional $8 billion in bonuses between 2012 and 2014.” 8
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About the Federal Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

There are two types of Medicare plans that provide insurance coverage for prescription drugs. There will be prescription drug coverage that is a part of Medicare Advantage Plans and other Medicare Health Plans. You would get all of your Medicare health care through these plans. There will also be Medicare prescription drug coverage that adds coverage to the Original Medicare Plan, and some Medicare Cost Plans and Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans. These plans will be offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare.
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The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit

Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people on Medicare that went into effect in 2006. All 57 million people on Medicare, including those ages 65 and older and those under age 65 with permanent disabilities, have access to the Part D drug benefit through private plans approved by the federal government; in 2016, nearly 41 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Part D plans. During the Medicare Part D open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year, beneficiaries can choose to enroll in either stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) to supplement traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans (mainly HMOs and PPOs) that cover all Medicare benefits including drugs. Beneficiaries with low incomes and modest assets are eligible for assistance with Part D plan premiums and cost sharing. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare Part D program and information about 2017 plan offerings, based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources.
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Medicare Information and Plan Comparisons

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While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.
Source: medicare.org

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit

Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people on Medicare that went into effect in 2006. All 57 million people on Medicare, including those ages 65 and older and those under age 65 with permanent disabilities, have access to the Part D drug benefit through private plans approved by the federal government; in 2016, nearly 41 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Part D plans. During the Medicare Part D open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year, beneficiaries can choose to enroll in either stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) to supplement traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans (mainly HMOs and PPOs) that cover all Medicare benefits including drugs. Beneficiaries with low incomes and modest assets are eligible for assistance with Part D plan premiums and cost sharing. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare Part D program and information about 2017 plan offerings, based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources.
Source: kff.org

Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
Source: ssa.gov

340B Drug Pricing Program

Eligible health care organizations/covered entities are defined in statute and include HRSA-supported health centers and look-alikes, Ryan White clinics and State AIDS Drug Assistance programs, Medicare/Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, children’s hospitals, and other safety net providers. See the full list of eligible organizations/covered entities.
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Medicare.gov Official Government Website Information

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Medicare.gov isn’t your only option when it comes to learning more about your Medicare plan options and finding coverage. Perhaps you’d like to add a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to work alongside your Original Medicare coverage. Or, alternatively, you may be interested in enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan because of the additional benefits (like routine vision or dental) that these plans may provide. If you’d like help finding Medicare plan options, that’s what we’re here for. Contact eHealth to speak with a licensed insurance agent and get tailored solutions for your Medicare coverage needs.
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Medicare 2017 costs at a glance

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The standard Part B premium amount in 2017 is $134 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits pay less than this amount. This is because the Part B premium increased more than the cost-of-living increase for 2017 Social Security benefits. If you pay your Part B premium through your monthly Social Security benefit, you’ll pay less ($109 on average). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you’ll pay for Part B in 2017. You’ll pay the standard premium amount if:
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Medicare Part B Monthly Premium 2017

Actually, these numbers are valid for most persons on Medicare. You will have to pay a higher premium if you filed an individual tax return last year and reported income over $85,000 or $170,000 for a joint return. Depending on the amount of your taxable income, you may have to pay between $187.50 up to the maximum Part B premium of $428.60 per person. Fortunately, income-related adjustments affect less than 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries. If you have to pay a higher Part B premium because of your income, you should be notified by Social Security.
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Pay Part A & Part B premiums

4. Pay by credit card or debit card. Complete the bottom portion of the payment coupon on your Medicare bill, and sign it. You’ll need to provide the account information as it appears on your card and the expiration date. Most credit cards today only have the month and year in expiration date field. If your credit card only has a month and year in the expiration date, fill in the month and year on the payment coupon and leave the day field blank. Mail your payment to the address above.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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New York State Office for the Aging

is to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.
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Understanding Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D

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But as complicated as all that sounds, there’s a single key choice at the core of all your decision-making: Will you go with the Original Medicare plan, which is run by the federal government and consists of Parts A and B, or a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Part C) that is offered by a private insurer and approved by Medicare? Medicare Part A — Your Hospital Coverage When you apply to Medicare, you are automatically enrolled in the Part A plan. Part A is your hospital insurance plan. It covers nursing care and hospital stays, although not doctors’ fees. Part A also covers some home health services, skilled nursing care after a hospital stay and hospice care. You likely won’t have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, thanks in part to all the payroll taxes you paid while you were employed. You must, however, pay a yearly deductible before Medicare will cover any hospitalization costs. For 2011, the Part A deductible is $1,132.
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Medicare Information and Plan Comparisons

While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.
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Medicare Is More Efficient Than Private Insurance

The CBO explicitly stated that its data on relative cost growth should not be used to make the argument that Goodman and Saving make, writing that the relatively low growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid “should not be interpreted as meaning that Medicare or Medicaid is less able to control spending than private insurers.” Goodman and Saving mistakenly suggest that the growth rate of private insurance is the same as the growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid; however, as CBO points out, the growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid includes not just spending by private insurers, but also government programs and out-of-pocket costs paid by the uninsured.
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Medicare Advantage 2014 Spotlight: Plan Availability and Premiums

While many organizations offer Medicare Advantage plans, a few – particularly Humana, United Healthcare, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) affiliates – have particularly large geographic spread and these organizations historically account for a disproportionate share of enrollment. In 2014, 44 percent of available plans are being offered by one of these three firms or affiliates (Table A4).  Plans offered by these firms are available to most beneficiaries.  Nationwide, 83 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will have access to one or more Humana plans, 73 percent will have access to a BCBS affiliated plan (including BCBS plans offered by Wellpoint), and 68 percent will have access to a United Healthcare plan (Exhibit 5; Table A5).  The general availability of these firms’ products has not noticeably changed from 2013 to 2014.  However, the similarities in BCBS offerings from 2013 to 2014 obscure a decline in availability of BCBS branded Wellpoint plans (declining from 88 plans to 55 plans between 2013 and 2014), which is mostly offset by the growth in plans offered by other BCBS affiliates (growing from 205 plans to 233 plans between 2013 and 2014).
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Secure Horizons Medicare Advantage Plans

These plans offer a low or zero monthly plan premium, and many of them include drug coverage!  This means that you can have Part D coverage through the plan and pay next to nothing for having the coverage.  The co-pays for doctors visits are also typically lower than the competition.  The plans focus on providing value for the items that most beneficiaries use on a regular basis.  In addition they offer preventative dental and vision care across their markets which most seniors like as well as SilverSneakers!  Silver Sneakers is a national program that gives seniors access to over 10,000 fitness centers across the U.S.  This membership is included at no additional cost.
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AARP Medicare Supplement Plans Insured Through United Healthcare

The pages you are about to view provide information on AARP Medicare Supplement Plan benefits and monthly rates. If your former employer has offered to share in the cost of your plan, you may not need to pay the full rate of the plan shown.
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Medicare Information and Plan Comparisons

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While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.
Source: medicare.org

Medicare and PEBB Program benefits

Note: You may choose to purchase a Medicare Advantage plan from a private insurance company or enroll in one of the PEBB plans, if eligible for PEBB retiree coverage. PEBB offers Medicare Advantage plans with Kaiser Permanente WA (formerly Group Health) and Kaiser Permanente NW (Kaiser Senior Advantage). If you do not live in an area that offers the Advantage plan, Kaiser Permanente WA and Kaiser Permanente NW will enroll you in the Medicare coordination of benefits (COB) plans. Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) offers a Medicare COB plan. If you choose to enroll in Medicare Advantage with a private insurance company, you forfeit your right to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance.
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Medicare Supplement Plan F

Medicare Supplement Plan F, administered by Premera Blue Cross, allows the use of any Medicare contracted physician or hospital nationwide. The plan is designed to supplement your Medicare coverage by reducing your out-of-pocket expenses and providing additional benefits. It pays some Medicare deductibles and coinsurances, but primarily supplements only those services covered by Medicare.
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Compare Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans and Rates in Your Area

"Times have changed since my mother had an AARP J plan and I was totally confused by the options available. Stan walked me through the process in a very educational, methodical, friendly way, and I feel secure now that we’re making the correct decision to provide the best possible coverage for my husband." – Pat K.
Source: medigap360.com

Medicare Plans for Different Needs

When it comes to Medicare, one size definitely does not fit all. What works for your neighbor may not be the best bet for you. Which is why it’s great to have choices. To find plans that may be a good fit for you, enter your ZIP code in the field below and click the "Find plans" button.
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Kaiser Permanente California

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly all Kaiser Permanente hospitals (pdf) have been given an A rating for patient safety — and none lower than a B — in a new national report card issued Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group. While Kaiser Permanente hospitals were rated among the safest in the country, hospitals nationwide fared far worse. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals that were graded in the report, nearly half (47 percent) received a C grade or lower. In California, it was a similar story. Of the 264 hospitals in California that were rated, 109 (or 41 percent) received a C grade or lower. The complete list of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score results can be found at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Source: kaiserinsuranceonline.com

The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit

Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people on Medicare that went into effect in 2006. All 57 million people on Medicare, including those ages 65 and older and those under age 65 with permanent disabilities, have access to the Part D drug benefit through private plans approved by the federal government; in 2016, nearly 41 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Part D plans. During the Medicare Part D open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year, beneficiaries can choose to enroll in either stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) to supplement traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans (mainly HMOs and PPOs) that cover all Medicare benefits including drugs. Beneficiaries with low incomes and modest assets are eligible for assistance with Part D plan premiums and cost sharing. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare Part D program and information about 2017 plan offerings, based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources.
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Kaiser Permanente NW plans

In general, you may choose from the plans listed below. Your options are limited to the plans available in your county. Remember, if you cover eligible dependents, everyone must enroll in the same medical plan.
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Custom care & coverage just for you

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Kaiser Permanente Health Insurance Plans

We have our own doctors at our own offices—so you don’t have to worry about filling out claim forms when you visit our medical facilities or any of our affiliated hospitals. Your health care providers will also use your secure electronic health records to make sure they have your up-to-date medical information at the moment when it’s needed most. You’ll experience first-hand the unique value of integrated care—your doctor will coordinate your care with our expert health teams in our medical facilities and pharmacies. You have the choice to become a healthier you—by choosing a plan and taking advantage of the resources available through Kaiser Permanente.
Source: kaiserpermanenteplans.org

Florida Blue Medicare Advantage Plans for 2017

Are you a Florida senior citizen who is trying to maximize your Medicare benefits? Just as each senior citizen has her own unique needs and preferences, insurers offer a variety of different ways to enjoy these hard-earned health benefits and even help you plan for medical expenses that original Medicare does not completely cover. At Secure Health Options, we want to help all Floridians find the right plan that assures them of convenient and affordable access to the best medical providers. You can request information on 2017 Medicare Advantage plans and Florida Medicare supplemental insurance in your own local area by entering your home ZIP code in the box at the top of this page. If you have questions or would like help signing up, be sure to give us a call.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Compare Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans and Rates in Your Area

"Times have changed since my mother had an AARP J plan and I was totally confused by the options available. Stan walked me through the process in a very educational, methodical, friendly way, and I feel secure now that we’re making the correct decision to provide the best possible coverage for my husband." – Pat K.
Source: medigap360.com

Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans

Medicare supplement plans offer benefits in addition to the benefits offered by Medicare Parts A and B, and they are offered by private insurance companies. There are several different types of Medicare supplement plans available, including Plan A, Plan C, Plan F, Plan M and Plan N. Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage plans are not complementary, so it is important to understand which type of policy makes the most sense for you. Our licensed sales agents are standing by to walk you through a comparison of the costs and benefits of each type of plan, and to help you choose a Medicare supplement plan that best meets your needs.
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How to compare Medigap policies

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Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred

In 2017, our HMO plans earned 5 out of a possible 5 Stars by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This rating combines the scores our plans received for the various medical and/or prescription drug services our plans offer.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Healthcare – Just Facts

[Under Medicare Part C] Most beneficiaries have the option to enroll in private health insurance plans that contract with Medicare to provide Part A and Part B medical services. The share of Medicare beneficiaries in such plans has risen rapidly in recent years, reaching 25.0 percent in 2010 from 12.4 percent in 2004. Plan costs for the standard benefit package can be significantly lower or higher than the corresponding cost for beneficiaries in the “traditional” or “fee-for-service” Medicare program, but prior to the Affordable Care Act [ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare], private plans were generally paid a higher average amount, and the additional payments were used to reduce enrollee cost-sharing requirements, provide extra benefits, and/or reduce Part B and Part D premiums. These benefit enhancements were valuable to enrollees but also resulted in higher Medicare costs overall and higher premiums for all Part B beneficiaries, not just those who were enrolled in MA plans. Under the ACA, payments to plans will be based on “benchmarks” in a range of 95 to 115 percent of fee-for-service Medicare costs, with bonus amounts payable for plans meeting high quality-of-care standards. (Prior to the ACA, the benchmark range was generally 100 to 140 percent of fee-for-service costs.) As these changes phase in during 2012-2017, the overall participation rate for private health plans is expected to decline from 25 percent in 2010 to about 15 percent in 2020.
Source: justfacts.com

Florida Department of Children and Families

This may result in fines of up to $250,000, a prison term or both, if you are convicted of public assistance fraud. In addition you will not be able to get benefits for 12 months the first time, 24 months the second time, and permanently the third time that you provide false or inaccurate information.
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California Health Advocates

We provide accurate, unbiased information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for Californians. Learn how Medicare works, ways to supplement your coverage, about low-income programs, prescription drugs and your long-term care options.
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Medicare Hospital Comparison

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