Compare Medicare Options
Before you enroll in a Medicare plan, it is important to compare your Medicare options. By doing this, you can ensure that the plan you choose meets your coverage and budget needs. Now, by using Medicare experts to help you in this process, such as Scott Sims Insurance, this entire process can be made much simpler.
Together, we can go over your options for Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Part D, and Medicare Supplements.
Original Medicare consists of Medicare Part A and Part B. Part A provides hospital insurance and covers costs such as skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, etc. Part B offers medical insurance and covers outpatient hospital costs such as preventive screenings, ER visits, ambulance rides, etc. If you have Original Medicare, you can purchase other insurance plans such as Part D or a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan.
Part A and Part B plans allow you to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare coverage anywhere in the United States. Also, there is no need to get a referral for specialist visits, though the specialist must be Medicare-approved. A key difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage is prescription drug coverage. Original Medicare does not cover most drugs and you’ll need to enroll in Part D to get coverage for prescription medications.
Before you enroll in a Part D plan, you will need to compare plans to ensure that the prescriptions you take will be covered by the plan. For the most part, though, Medicare Part D will cover most, if not all, of the drugs listed in these categories: immunosuppressants, anticancer, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and HIV/AIDS drugs.
You can also purchase a Medigap plan to get coverage for out-of-pocket costs such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. These are the costs that are left behind once Original Medicare covers its share. There are ten Medigap plans to choose from, which include Plans A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each plan has a varying level of coverage. For example, Plans A and B offer the most basic coverage, while Plans C, F, G, and even N provide more comprehensive coverage.
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Medicare Advantage plans combine Part A, Part B, and usually Part D coverage into one plan. Many Part C plans have a list of approved providers who are in the plan’s network. Also, some Medicare Advantage plans may require referrals for specialist visits. However, Medicare Advantage plans usually offer extra benefits such as prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, hearing, and more, which are not covered by Original Medicare or a Medicare Supplement.
As for the costs, they vary depending on the provider and the type of plan. Some Part C plans may even have $0 premiums. Unlike Original Medicare, there is also a yearly limit on how much you can cover out-of-pocket. In 2021, this limit is $7,550.
At Scott Sims Insurance, we understand how important it is for you to understand all your options so you can make the best decision for your healthcare. That’s why we’re here! Our goal is to make this decision-making process much easier for you.
Just give us a call today at (541) 915-0939 for more information about your Medicare options.