We believe that the better educated you are about Medicare, the easier it will be for you to make the right decisions about your Medicare health insurance choices. That's why we've created this resource section.
This Medicare information section is here to educate you about your insurance options and provide you with the resources you need to help you select the right plan for your unique needs.
Medicare is a health insurance program for:
- people age 65 or older,
- people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and
- people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).
Keep in mind that joining Medicare and joining a
Medicare plan are two different things.
- First you must join Medicare (Apply for Part B)
- SEE "When can I Enroll in Medicare"
- Second, once in Medicare and you have your Medicare card (both Part A & Part B), you can join a Medicare plan
- "When can I Join/Change my Medicare plan"
- "What is Medicare Advantage"
- "What is Medicare Supplement"
Part A Hospital Insurance - Most people don't pay a premium for Part A because they or a spouse already paid for it through their payroll taxes while working. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Beneficiaries must meet certain conditions to get these benefits.
Part B Medical Insurance - Most people pay a monthly premium for Part B. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover doctors' services and outpatient care. It also covers some other medical services that Part A doesn't cover, such as some of the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care. Part B helps pay for these covered services and supplies when they are medically necessary.
Prescription Drug Coverage - Most people will pay a monthly premium for this coverage. In January 1, 2006, Medicare prescription drug coverage became available to everyone with Medicare. This coverage is to help you lower prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future. Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage is insurance. Private companies provide the coverage. Beneficiaries choose the drug plan and pay a monthly premium. Like other insurance, if a beneficiary decides not to enroll in a drug plan when they are first eligible, they may pay a penalty if they choose to join later.
This information comes from www.cms.gov
By contacting the phone number on this website you will be directed to a licensed local agent.
If there's anything you need or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.
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- Am I Eligible for Medicare?
- When Can I Enroll in Medicare?
- Join/Change a Medicare Plan & Enrollment Dates
- What is Medicare Advantage (MAPD)?
- What is Medicare Supplement?
- What is Part D (PDP) Prescription?
- I Am Still Covered By My (or Spouses) Employer coverage, do I need to apply for Medicare?
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