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.
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.
Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare
Medicare Supplemental Insurance — Which policy is best?
Our recommendation: After picking the benefit combination (Plan A through L) that best suits your needs, buy the issue-age or community-rated Medigap policy with the lowest premium. Even though they are a bit more expensive at the start, your premiums won’t go up every year just because you get older. (AARP’s Medigap plans use a combination of issue-age and community-rated methods; their premiums don’t increase as you get older, but their younger retirees do receive a discount.)
The Best Medicare Part D Plans of 2017
Medicare Part D Plans are designed to help make out-of-pocket expenses of prescription drugs more predictable and affordable. A wide range of commercial insurance companies, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, SilverScript Choice, and AARP MedicareRx Preferred, offer Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans to fit nearly every budget. With a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you can enjoy simple and reliable protection from the added expense of prescription drugs. Even if you are relatively healthy, the assurance of knowing you have prescription coverage is worth purchasing supplemental prescription coverage.
Choosing Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan
Costs in MA plans vary. You must pay the same monthly premium as those enrolled in traditional Medicare Part B. Additional out-of-pocket costs in an MA plan depend on what type of MA plan you choose and may include the following: whether the plan charges an extra monthly premium; whether the plan has a yearly deductible; how much you pay for each visit or service (copayments or coinsurance); the type of health care services needed and how often; and, whether network providers are used. MA plans may charge cost-sharing for a service that is above or below the traditional Medicare cost-sharing for that service. However, MA plans cannot impose cost-sharing for chemotherapy administration services, renal dialysis services, and skilled nursing care services that exceed the cost-sharing for those services under traditional Medicare. All MA plans must have a maximum allowable out-of-pocket (MOOP) limit on the amount of cost-sharing they can charge for all Part A and Part B services, after which you will pay nothing for the rest of the year. MA plans may also change benefits, premiums, and copays every year.