What is Medicare and How Much Does it Cost?

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What is Medicare?

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover:

  • ■ Inpatient care in hospitals
    ■ Skilled nursing facility care 
    ■ Hospice care 
    ■ Home health care 

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover:

  • ■ Services from doctors and other health care providers 
    ■ Outpatient care 
    ■ Home health care 
    ■ Durable medical equipment 
    ■ Some preventive services 

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage):

  • ■ Includes all benefits and services covered under Part A and Part B 
    ■ Usually includes Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) as part of the plan 
    ■ Run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies 
    ■ May include extra benefits and services for an extra cost 

Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage):

  • ■ Helps cover the cost of prescription drugs 
    ■ Run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies 
    ■ May help lower your prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future  

Medicare Open Enrollment

If you have Part A and Part B, - you can shop for  Part D (prescriptions drug plans) and Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) during this open enrollment period. 

Medicare Supplements (Medigap Insurance)

 You may want to get coverage that fills gaps in Original Medicare coverage. You can choose to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy from a private company. Costs vary by policy and company.  Employers/unions may offer similar coverage. Please feel free to get a free quote online:  

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Medicare Supplement Plans

How To Find the Least Expensive Medicare Supplement Insurance

While the 10 Medigap policies feature standard benefits in 47 states, the costs for these plans can vary substantially. That’s because each insurance company establishes its own premiums and pricing structure. Factors such as gender, tobacco usage, and marital status typically affect the rates. 

The least expensive time to buy a Medigap policy is as soon as you’re eligible. Your Medigap open enrollment period starts when you turn 65. During this six-month period, Medigap policies do not require health underwriting.





      

Learn More

Contact us today to find a Medicare Supplement Plan that works best for you. We have contracts with major health insurance companies in California and can compare various plans. We do not charge for our services. 

2018 Original Medicare

Learn what is not covered by Original Medicare

Original Medicare covers 80% of your overall healthcare expenses. You have to cover the rest (20%) 

Medicare Supplement Insurance

May help cover  the above expenses. 

Medicare Options open enrollment part a, part b, part c, part d, medicare supplement insurance, OEP

When it comes to Medicare You have options

Option 1

You can get a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan + Part D

Option 2

You can get a Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) that also included prescription drug coverage. 

Medicare Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

This is a list of most asked questions. We will attempt to answer all of these questions on our web site or blog or you can also explore the educational videos available on our Youtube channel at no extra cost!  If you have a specific question, please contact us and we will be glad to answer it. We usually don't charge for answering questions! 

Medicare

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Medicare Consulting – What Will It Cost Me?

Most of my consulting is at no cost to you.  If you are enrolling in Medicare I may be able to provide you with an insurance plan and if it’s one of the companies I represent I will be paid a commission. If you want assistance with researching Medicare coverage or resolving billing issues, I’ll charge an hourly fee. 

Free Telephone Consultation

 We’ll talk on the phone first to determine what you need and if I can help you.  Then we’ll make a plan.   So, feel free to give me a call to ask your question.  If I can’t help you, I will know where to refer you.  

New-to-Medicare Counseling

This is for someone who is becoming Medicare eligible due to age or because of leaving employment and wants to ensure the best coverage for their needs. I will provide you with a personalized explanation of how Medicare works and the options you have and help you compare Medicare to any other coverage (employee, retiree) for which you are eligible. We’ll work together to figure out if you would be better off with Medicare coverage or other coverage. We’ll come up with a plan and action list. We will meet face-to-face to start and then follow up by phone and email.  Depending upon your situation, this will take around 3 hours. 

Medicare Annual Check Up

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 through December 7, with coverage to start on January 1st. We’ll review your prescription drug coverage to make sure that you have the best coverage for your prescriptions at the lowest annual costs. Prescription drug plans change every year and if you don’t shop and compare you could be paying hundreds, even thousands, of dollars more than you need to. We’ll work mostly by phone and email. 

Group Presentations available upon request.

Would you like to have a group presentation on Medicare for your office, your family and friends, a neighborhood gathering, church group, or some other organization?  I have many years of experience with public presentations and enjoy giving group presentations to educate people on Medicare.  Let’s make a plan that works for your group! Please contact me today to schedule a time! 

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