As part of National Medicare Education Week, we asked leaders from organizations and companies in the health and aging fields about preparing for Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. This is the time each year when you can change your coverage choices for the following year. Today we focus on getting the services you need while managing your costs.
Part A, Part B, Part C – learning about Medicare can feel like looking into a bowl of alphabet soup. But to get the coverage that’s best for you, it’s important to know your choices. And that starts with understanding Medicare’s four basic parts.
You’re turning 65 and it’s time to sign up for Medicare. Depending on your situation, there are parts of Medicare you may not need right away, like Part B if you are still working and have employer-sponsored coverage. However, if you don’t figure out your personal needs and miss your Initial Enrollment Period, you may have to pay penalties for as long as you have Medicare.
If you’ve got a chronic condition that requires a lot of medication, chances are you’ve got your prescription drug plan figured out. If you’re in tip-top shape and don’t take a single pill, what’s the point? When it comes to prescription drug coverage and Medicare, if you don’t sign up when you’re first eligible, you could pay more down the road through penalties.
Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons at the local grocery store? Make it a point to confirm you get all possible discounts when booking hotel reservations? Love getting the senior discount at the movie theater?
Raises have been scant or nonexistent in recent years for people taking social security. That’s why many were glad to hear about the 2 percent social security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018. But some people on Medicare may be surprised. Here’s why.
Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t cover everything. Some people choose to buy Medicare supplement insurance (also called Medigap) to help pay some of the expenses that Medicare doesn’t pay.
If you made changes to your Medicare plan during Medicare Open Enrollment, you may be wondering what’s next. About 10 days after you enroll, you may get a phone call or letter from your Medicare insurance company. This is to make sure you understand your new plan. It is also a chance for you to give any information missing from your application.