There are more Medicare options in 2016 than ever before, including Washington Medicare Advantage plans. If you choose to enroll, you will be exchanging your Original Medicare benefits for private health insurance that helps you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.
Plans vary from county to county. Availability depends on healthcare networks in your area that are necessary to support HMO and/or PPO managed care. Click on your county to get started.
Getting Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
Most Washington 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).
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.
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 Washington Medicare Part D Plan (prescriptions) and Washington 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 Washington 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 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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