Are you one of the millions of US senior citizens who has a red, white, and blue Medicaer card?
Medicare is a large benefit, and it can provide security for its beneficiaries. However, Mediare does not cover everything. And there may be deductibles and copays for medical services that it does cover.
You can find ways to make the best use of your coverage. In fact, today’s seniors have several alternatives. Choices are great. Sometimes there are so many choices that it can be very difficult to figure out which plan will provide the best coverage.
Some choices to maximize health coverage are supplements, Advantage plans (MA), and prescription plans. To make this more confusing, some Advantage plans come with prescription coverage, but some do not. There are many different levels, or coverage choices, for supplements. And Advantage plans come from different companies, and they are all different too. For example, you can join MA plans that are HMOs, HMO-POS, PPOs, or Private Free For Service.
How do you understand what all of this means? Even more important, how can you dig through all of the dozens of choices to find out which one will be the best for you? Beneficiaries must consider their own distinct situation and needs in order to figure out which plan is best. Your age, where you live,, how you like to access health care, and budget will be important things to consider.
For example, if you have the budget to pay for a supplement, and you like to be sure that most health services will be covered, you may be happier with a higher level supplement. If your monthy budget is limited, but you are willing to make some small copays for medical services, you may want to explore some of the MA plans in your area.
You should also know that your selection of plans will be different depending upon where you live. The prices and coverage may also be different. The plans can vary by state, county, or zip code. This means that you cannot always rely on the suggestion of friends and family members who live in different cities than you do. The plan that your brother likes may not be on the market where you live. If it is on the market, it could be very different. You have to be able to find out which plans are accepting members in your area. You must look at the programs that are on the market in your own city.
There are lots of resources to help you find the best plan. You may want to talk to a good local agent who has been certified to work with Medicare health plans. It may also be helpful to find a web based quote system. Most online health insurance quote forms are very easy to complete. They can give you options from the comfort of your own PC at home or at work. If you use an online system, you will also get contact information for local agents or national insurance companies. You can always call them for more information. You should not be under any obligation to purchase anything, and the information should be free.