Choosing a Medicare Plan: How Leroy DecidedPosted by Medicare Made Clear
Medicare offers a lot of choices. To find the plan that’s best for you, you’ll need to compare your needs with what’s available. In this post, you’ll meet Leroy1 and learn why a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP) was a good fit for his needs.
Leroy is about to turn 65. He has had serious health problems for years. He suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. To help manage these conditions, his doctor has told him he needs to lose a considerable amount of weight. Leroy takes insulin and blood pressure medication every day. In the past, he has also had some trouble with interactions of the drugs he is taking.
Leroy’s Medicare Wish List
- Expert help managing his health problems
- Help managing diet, exercise and weight
- Discounted prices on prescription drugs
Leroy’s Choice – Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP)
The Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP) Leroy chose is designed especially for people with diabetes. To be eligible for an SNP, an individual must qualify for Original Medicare. Specific SNPs may also require individuals to meet other eligibility requirements, like having a chronic medical condition. Qualified individuals are able to enroll in a SNP at any time during the year, rather than waiting for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period or other enrollment window. Some features that make this SNP a good choice for Leroy include:
- Built-in prescription drug coverage
- Access to a care manager who will create a plan for coordinating his care
- Help with finding out if he qualifies for financial assistance with Medicare costs
- Discounted prices on the prescription drugs he takes
- Help with adopting a healthier lifestyle
Premiums (2012 figures):
– $99.90 per month Part B premium
(If you receive Social Security, this will be automatically deducted from your monthly check.)
– $24 per month Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan premium*
– Total: $123.90 per month
Leroy pays his cost sharing as determined by the plan. Each plan is different. His total spending depends on the services and prescription drugs he uses. Remember: this is just an example. Costs vary from plan to plan. Contact the plan you’re interested in to see what your costs might be.
Make an Informed Decision
Leroy did his homework and got what he needed in a Medicare plan. It’s a good idea to understand all the parts to Medicare and research specific plan types so when it’s time to make your plan selection, you can make an informed, confident choice.
1 Fictional character created to show a specific set of Medicare needs and coverage options.
For more information, contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. You can also contact Medicare Made Clear at 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.
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