Seniors from North Carolina who choose a 2016 Medicare Advantage plan have good options. When you enroll, your Original Medicare private-fee-for-service benefits are replaced with an approved managed care plan that saves you money.
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.
Getting Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
Most North Carolina seniors qualify to join a Medicare Advantage plan. Certain diseases, most notably End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), may disqualify you from enrollment.
There are several different Medicare Election Periods. This is when you can join or change your plan. Most people wait until 15 October to 7 December to make enrollment changes. This is the Annual Election Period (AEP).
You also have an Individual Election Period (IEP). Your IEP begins the month before your 65th birthday, includes your birth month, and continues the month after your birth month.
There are three ways to enroll:
- 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.
Original Medicare + Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage
If you are worried that an HMO or PPO plan will try to limit your care, Medicare Advantage is not the only way to get full coverage. For a little more each month you can have the best care available and lower your out-of-pocket expenses. Savvy seniors hold on to their Original Medicare and get the additional coverage they need with a North Carolina Medicare Part D Plan (prescriptions) and North Carolina Medicare Supplement Insurance.
If you are not aware of the benefits of a Medicare Supplement, and how it pays the big medical bills from an extended illness or hospital stay, visit our North Carolina Medigap Plans page. All Medicare Supplements are standardized and regulated. That means you can go with the lowest cost policy and get all of the same benefits.
About Our 2016 Medicare Part C Information
We collect Medicare health insurance information from public files on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Although we do our best to regularly update our databases, we are not able to ensure the exactness of the information. You must use a licensed insurance agent to get an accurate and binding quote.
For more information about the Medicare program, visit http://cms.gov. This page is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on .