Is Advantage an Advantage for Me? A blogafo

Medicare Advantage can be the best solution for you as you move into your Medicare supported years. The real questions are about what is best for your health and financial welfare, right? Well, that is the question you need to answer. We can help with that.

A Part C or Advantage plan is not a supplement or Medigap. They are mutually exclusive. You cannot have both. Watch out for odd language from sales agents. Get clear information. We can help with that.

You can get reasonable cost insurance for items not covered in your Advantage plan for such items as dental, vision, hearing, cancer, short term care, copays, deductibles, etc… That does not mean they are a “Medicare Supplement”, but these are other insurance policies or indemnity plans available to you. We can help with that.

Your payments to providers on Advantage are not managed by Medicare, but is managed by an insurance company. They handle the claims and coordinate services. Yes, they are subject to Medicare rules; however, can vary significantly in extra services and coordination with copays and coinsurance.

Not all Advantage plans have prescription drug coverage. Most do and you need to know. Inspect the coverage diligently before you sign up. We can help with that.

Advantage is usually an HMO or PPO arrangement. That means you have a network of doctors in your area with which you get better rates. It also can mean you are restricted to which doctors you can use cost effectively.

Advantage plans are not free. Even if they have a $0 premium, you must continue to pay your Part B Medicare amount. Your Part A portion usually is covered because of your payments over life as you worked or your spouse worked. If you discontinue paying your Part B, you will be dropped from the Advantage plan.

New Advantage plans have been created that have PPO networks nationwide to allow for travel and extended availability of services for those living in rural networks. This is great news for many. We can help with that.

Not all Advantage plans are HMO or PPO. There are fee for services plans and special needs plans for such circumstances as ESRD and Diabetes. Take time to know your health and explore options available in your area for you and your health. We can help with that.

A supplement situation may be better for you than an Advantage plan. It all depends on your financial and health situation and your personal preferences. You have choices in Medicare. The most important time to make decisions are when you first sign up for Medicare. These decisions can affect your options for the rest of your life. You are free from medical underwriting and usually receive the best rates as you start your journey on Medicare in those first decisions. No one knows how their health will play out, but you can always make informed and educated decisions. We can help with that.

Here is the official Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services site on Advantage plans. https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans

Here is our partner site http://grandparentbenefits.org/medicare-advantage/

Yes, we can help you get the information you need and understand your options to make good decisions that fit your lifestyle and budget. Call us or email us and let’s get started assisting you. There is never a fee for our services. We can help with that.

405.494.0637 cell/text

Phil@grandparentbenefits.org

What is PDP and Why Do I Care on Medicare? A blogafo (blog with information)

PDP stands for Prescription Drug Plan. Basic Medicare does not help with prescription drugs. They have made a way for you to have good coverage through qualified partnerships with insurance carriers. You need a good prescription drug plan.

PDP is not like supplements or Medigap. And supplements do not cover prescription drugs. If you have a supplement, you need a PDP also. We can help with that.

PDP is not like Advantage; however, many Advantage plans have PDP included. You need to know if you are on an Advantage plan the amount and coverage for PDP. Every carrier can be a little different in copays, coinsurance, donut hole coverage, how they handle tiers of drugs. We can help with that.

PDP is not like vision, hearing, or dental. Some advantage plans have some extra features that include these and you need to understand that. Supplements do not have these extra features, but you can add coverage to obtain them. We can help with that.

Each PDP has a star rating provided by feedback and analysis of the CMS. It is important to know this rating for a plan in your area. We can help with that.

During the annual enrollment period you can change PDP with no concerns about medical underwriting. Now, if it is part of your Advantage plan, you would need to change the full plan. We can help with that.

All PDPs are not alike. Each has a different formulary that tells you what drugs they cover and at what price to you and to them. This is important to know if you are taking special medications or even medications normal for seniors like blood pressure meds. We can help with that.

All PDPs are not alike. Pricing is different sometimes in every zip code and can vary by age and experience of people in that area and contracts the PDP has with local providers. One nationwide plan just made significant changes that assist in low to no co-pays in certain areas. You need to understand historically how a PDP has changed pricing over time. We can help with that.

Delaying on your PDP beyond initial eligibility periods can mean two issues. One, you can incur a penalty charge that affects your insurance amount for life. Whoops. Don’t want to do that. Two, you could end up having to go through medical underwriting and struggle to get the coverage you want at the price you want. Whoops. Don’t want to do that.

Resources for More Information:

The official CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) page on PDP is https://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d/how-to-get-prescription-drug-coverage. It is a good, quick cover sheet on PDP. What we have done here is help you go beyond the basic facts and answer some questions.

Our partner powered by grandkidsmatter.org have a good breakdown on PDP at http://grandparentbenefits.org/medicare-part-d/.

Okay, I hope this little blogafo (blog with information) helps you today get a step closer to a good decision that fits your needs. We can help with that.

Phil@grandparentbenefits.org

405.494.0637. Call/text

Just a great set of stories

As a loyalty partner with grandparentbenefits.org, we support family efforts. This story so touched me about the power of Grandparenting. I hope it brings hope to your heart and joy to your day and expectation for a greater United States.

https://www.romper.com/p/becoming-a-grandpa-changes-fathers-these-12-moms-stories-prove-it-19199027

Whitehouse Takes Action

Recent executive order from the president directs a protection of senior benefits through medicare. While the working out of this could take decades, it gives guidance for legislation and exhibits a heart to protect the benefits many like you have paid into over a lifetime. You deserve the best. You earned it. Take time to read a few links and opinions on the potential impacts.

Let us help you find your way through the confusion of medicare and get the right options to your lifestyle.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-healthcare-agenda-puts-seniors-american-patients-first/

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/10/03/766816709/targeting-medicare-for-all-proposals-trump-lays-out-his-vision-for-medicare

Retire with me.. the journey.. state ranking for retirement

As I move more fully into retirement, I find there is much confusion.  You want to make right decisons don’t you.  Let me help. I promise to bring you fresh insights and access to good products that support your personal decisions.  You have earned the right to retire.  Do it your way. Here is a state comparison of taxes and other important issues.

Click Here For State by State Comparisons

https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/index.php

Find a Medicare Physician

Looking for a new doctor or a health care provider?

Physician Compare helps you find doctors who accept
Medicare, so you can make an informed decision for your health care needs. It’s an easy way to see up-to-date information about clinicians anytime you need it.
Watch the video below to see how Mike and Ann use Physician Compare to search for a new provider in their area.Learn more about how to find and compare doctors and other clinicians at 
Medicare.gov.
Sincerely,The Medicare Team at CMS

Contact us at 405.388.8037 for a free medicare conversation with one of our medicare studied experts. Phil