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Three Things to Know About Medicare Supplement If You Want to Save 20%

1. Medicare Supplement plans protect you from medical costs.

Medicare Supplement plans (also called Medigap plans) are offered through private insurers to help you pay for costs that Medicare Parts A and B don’t cover.

2. Benefits of Medicare Supplement plans are standardized.

Medicare Supplement plan “F” offers the most comprehensive coverage – and all “F” plans offer the same coverage, though premiums for “F” plans may differ from one insurer to another.

3. You may be...

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How Does Medicare Part C Work?

A question we hear often from customers is, what does Medicare Part C cover?

Medicare Part C is typically referred to as Medicare Advantage.

These plans are offered by private insurance companies that contract with Medicare as an alternative way to get your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Many Medicare Advantage plans also include Medicare Part D.

In addition to your Part B premium, some plans – but not all - require an additional monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage plan's...

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Know Your Medicare Travel Benefits

If you travel outside of the United States, there are typically Medicare Supplement plans that cover the cost of medical services you receive while you're in another country.

Make sure you ask about those benefits when you’re shopping for plans.

If you’re a snowbird – you’re on Medicare and live in two different states at different times of the year – you should also feel confident that your Medicare supplement plan covers the cost of your care in both states.

On the flip-side,...

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What does Medicare Part D cover?

A question we hear all the time from customers is, What does Medicare Part D cover?

Great question!

Original Medicare, Parts A and B offers limited prescription drug coverage and does not cover most medications you take at home.

In order to get prescription drug coverage you need to enroll in Medicare Part D, either on a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan, or through a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug .

Once enrolled in Medicare Part D coverage, every plan must meet...

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You don't have to be a health insurance expert to pick a Medicare Supplement plan!

DAUGHTER: What's wrong mom?

MOM: I'm trying to pick a Medicare plan

SON: Just total up your part A, Part B and Part D deductibles

DAUGHTER: Don't forget coinsurance - the 20% Medicare Part D doesn't pay for.

SON: And co-pays. Tier 1, tier 2, tier 3 and specialty drugs

DAUGHTER: It's in the formulary

VOICE OVER: You shouldn't have to be a health insurance expert to pick a Medicare plan.

At eHealth, our team can help you compare Medicare Supplement plans, side-by-side, from the brand-name...

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How (NOT) to pick a Medicare Supplement plan!

(GIRL): What's wrong Nana?

(grandma): I'm just trying to understand Medicare?

(Girl): Just add up your Part A, Part B and Part D deductibles

(Boy): Don't forget coinsurance!

(Girl): that's the 20% Medicare doesn't pay for

(Grandma): What?

(Boy): Don't forget prescription drugs!

(VOICE-OVER): You shouldn't have to be a health insurance expert to pick the Medicare Supplement plan that's right for you.

(VOICE-OVER): At eHealth, our team can help you compare Medigap plans, side-by-side,...

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Medicare Tips: When signing up for Medicare, ask about dental and vision care

Ask about dental and vision care

Original Medicare, parts A and B, will pay for certain vision and dental services, but routine care and check-ups are not covered.

Many Medicare Advantage plans include coverage for dental and vision care, but not all of them.

If these benefits are important to you, check to see if the Medicare Advantage plan you’re considering provides those benefits.

If the plan doesn’t provide routine dental and vision, or if you’re buying a Medigap plan, you...

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Medicare Tips: Pay close attention to a Medicare Advantage plan’s maximum out-of-pocket limit

Pay close attention to a Medicare Advantage plan’s maximum out-of-pocket limit.

One critical benefit of Medicare Advantage plans is that they limit your out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Approved services at $6,700 or less.

In 2013 the average maximum out-of-pocket limit for a Medicare Advantage plan was between $4,000 and $5,000 (source). But, some plans had caps as low as $500 for Medicare approved services received “in-network.”

During the annual enrollment period, research the...

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Medicare Tips: Pay attention to a Medicare Advantage plan’s provider network

Most of my customers think having access to their doctor is a very important factor when they choose a Medicare Advantage plan.

If keeping your doctor is important to you, be sure your doctor accepts the Medicare Advantage insurance you’re considering enrolling in during the Annual Election Period (AEP).

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

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Medicare Tips: Compare monthly premiums

Compare monthly premiums on Medicare Advantage plans

During the annual enrollment period, it’s a good idea to compare monthly premiums for the Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans available in your area…because the monthly costs can vary tremendously. If you don’t compare benefits, premiums and covered drugs side-by-side, you may miss out on plans that could save you money."

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

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