You have more health insurance options in 2016 than ever before. New Jersey Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are one of those options. It's government approved private health insurance that replaces your Original Medicare private-fee-for-service benefits.
Be aware that plans vary by where you live. It all comes down to the availability HMO and/or PPO healthcare provider networks available in the area. Choose your county below.
Who Can Enroll in Medicare Advantage?
If you are age 65 or older, you most likely qualify to enroll in a New Jersey Medicare Advantage plan available in your county. If you have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you will need to stay on Original Medicare.
You are only allowed to join, drop or change plans during a Medicare Election Period. The period between 15 October and 7 December is the Annual Election Period (AEP). That's when most folks make changes to their Medicare.
Most of us also get an Individual Election Period (IEP), but it only comes around once. Your IEP is based on your 65th birthday. It starts the month before and ends the month after, so you have plenty of time.
To get enrolled:
- Call a plan directly. If you know the plan you want, this way is quick and easy.
- Go to www.Medicare.gov and enroll through the government website. From there you can look up your medications, compare plans, and get your application started online.
- Use an independent insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage, Which is Better?
Medicare Advantage is one way to get full coverage healthcare. You also have the option to hold on to your Original Medicare PFFS benefits and upgrade your coverage with New Jersey Medicare Supplement Insurance and a New Jersey Medicare Part D Plan (for help with your prescription drugs).
A Medicare Supplement policy protects you from big medical bills and helps you lower the total annual cost of your healthcare. See our New Jersey Medigap Plans page for more information. The good news is that all supplemental insurance is standardized, offering you the luxury to buy the coverage you need based on the lowest price.
About Our 2016 Private Health Insurance Data
The private health insurance data we publish is received from public data files provided by the U.S. federal government. We make every attempt to keep our databases up-to-date. In spite of this, we simply cannot ensure the exactness of the details. Only a licensed health insurance agent can give you a binding quote.
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