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.

Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans & Medigap Plans and Rates for
2011. See Plan Chart for AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MN, MS,
NC, NE, NM, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA & WV. Medigap Insurance Plans including the
Popular Plan F & G

Year after year we have found Medicare Supplement Plan F or Medicare Supplement Plan G to be the best value for the dollar. The new Plan N is a great alternative to a Medicare Advantage plan.  Plan N might be recommended depending on which state you live in and how much the supplement cost in relation to available Medicare Advantage plans. A plan N will provide more coverage and a very reasonable premium. In Florida we have the lowest rate for plan F & plan N. See the Medicare Supplement Plan chart below. In general, the higher you go up in the plan chart the more Gaps the plan fills. Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most comprehensive supplement plan and there is not a better plan than F. Most people will select a Plan F. However, depending on your personal situation there may be a more cost efficient choice.

What’s in Store for Medicare’s Part B Premiums and Deductible in 2016, and Why?

The absence of a COLA affects the amount of the Medicare Part B premium charged to enrollees because it triggers the broader application of a provision in the Social Security law known as the hold-harmless provision. In a year where the Social Security COLA is insufficient to cover the amount of the Medicare Part B premium increase for an individual, the law prohibits an increase in the Part B premium that would result in a reduction in that individual’s monthly Social Security benefits from one year to the next. (For an example of how the hold-harmless provision works in a typical year with a Social Security COLA, see Appendix B.) The hold-harmless provision affects a different number of beneficiaries each year, depending on the level of their Social Security benefits, the size of the COLA, and the increase in the Medicare Part B premium. In years with no COLA, a majority of beneficiaries are protected by the hold-harmless provision.

Understanding Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D

Different types of Medicare plans help pay for your inpatient hospital care, doctor visits, outpatient services, home health care, prescription drugs, some care in a skilled nursing facility and much more, depending on the plan or plans you choose.

Medicare 2017 costs at a glance

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:

Consumer Alert: Retirement Health Options

- These plans only cover catastrophic health care costs. This means you will be responsible for paying much more of the upfront cost before the policy would pay any benefits for eligible medical expenses. HDHPs have a lower premium to compensate for the higher out-of-pocket costs incurred with these high deductibles. Often these types of plans work with a Health Savings Account (HSA) that allows you to set aside funds for future qualified medical expenses. If you are considering an HDHP, make sure to read the policy form – paying careful attention to the benefits and the limitations of the plan. This consumer alert has more information about how to evaluate an HDHP and HSA.

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