Manatee County seniors can choose from a wide range of Medicare and other health insurance products to supplement their traditional Medicare coverage. Use the links below to narrow your options to a specific type of Medicare insurance. Click here to learn more about your Medicare options.
To speak with a Medicare adviser, call us toll-free at 877-549-1452 (TTY 411). Our telephone hours are 6AM to 5PM PST, Monday through Friday.
Manatee County Medicare Insurance Options
Medicare Part A (inpatient) and Medicare Part B (outpatient), commonly called Original Medicare, is the same for everyone with Medicare benefits, including Manatee County. This is not true of the other parts of Medicare, which are highly dependent on where you live.
Also, although there are nearly 200,000 primary care doctors (physicians) in America that are authorized to bill Medicare for services provided to their patients, every doctor accepts Medicare payments in a different way. As a result, the combination of health insurance options and doctors who accept them is seemingly endless.
The purpose of the MedicareWire.com website is to help guide you through the process of choosing your health insurance. It's all about providing you with the information you need so you can get on the phone with a licensed adviser and finalize your Medicare elections for the year.
Medicare Advantage Insurance in Manatee County
If you're concerned that Original Medicare might be too expensive (you pay 20% of all costs), then a Manatee County Medicare Advantage plan is the first option you need to explore. It's the private health insurance alternative that replaces your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits with a managed care plan (HMO or PPO), or a private fee-for-service plan (available in limited areas).
Monthly premiums in Manatee County start at $0.00 and go as high as $37.00. Generally, the higher the premium the more benefits and coverage a plan has, but not always. The most common additional benefit is prescription drugs. You have 3 Medicare Advantage plans offering prescription drug coverage. There are 0 plans that do not include prescription coverage. That's a total of 3 options!
Several different kinds of plans are available, but insurers generally offer just the most competitive plans for the area. Most commonly you will find HMO and PPO style managed care plans, but some areas have Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans that work a lot like Original Medicare. A smaller number of areas have Medical Savings Account (MSA) style HMO plans.
If you're on a fixed budget and have good health, look for a plan with a $0 monthly premium. What this means to you is that all of the extra benefits have no additional monthly cost to you. What you pay is your monthly Medicare Part B premium and the co-payments outlined by the plan. Just realize these plans are, most often, the most basic available.
A low premium is not the only cost to consider when comparing health insurance. Don't forget to look at the MOOP. That's the maximum out-of-pocket expenses you will pay each year. It's an important feature, because it helps you avoid the heavy burden of high medical bills. Be aware that the MOOP does not include the cost of your premiums or your prescriptions.
About one-third of all seniors on Medicare enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. You can learn more about this private health insurance option on our Medicare Advantage Frequently Asked Questions page and our Medicare Advantage Coverage page.
Medicare Supplement Insurance in Manatee County
The only relief Florida seniors have from the high cost of medical bills is additional insurance. That's because Original Medicare does not set limits on your annual out-of-pocket expenses. It's a serious risk that you need to consider. If you plan to keep your Original Medicare, the solution is Medicare Supplement insurance (Medigap).
Medicare Supplements protect you by paying all or part of the uncovered portions of your Medicare bill (up to the limits of the plan you choose). Each of the ten lettered plans have different coverage levels, but they are all standardized by the Florida state board of insurance. You simply choose the level of coverage you want and shop for the best premium.
Medicare Supplement insurance is not like Medicare Advantage; by law it is not allowed to offer additional benefits, including prescription drug coverage. Each Medigap plan pays specific portions of the coverage gaps in Original Medicare. So, if it's not covered by Medicare Part A or Part be, Medigap insurance can't cover it either.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Manatee County
One of the most important healthcare benefits needed by most Florida seniors is prescription medication coverage, and it's not included in Original Medicare. If you want assistance paying for your prescriptions you must enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes it, or join a Medicare Part D plan (PDP).
There are a total of 8 PDPs available to Florida seniors. Premiums range from $30.30 to $98.90 per month. Also, be aware that some plans have an annual deductible that you must pay at the pharmacy before assistance begins. Some plans have a $0 deductible, but premiums are generally higher.
Don't make the mistake of enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan because it's cheap. Your prescription drug insurance is important. Learn more about it by reading Medicare Part D Frequently Asked Questions and Medicare Part D Coverage.
How-To Find a Medicare Doctor in Manatee County, Florida
We've recently added all Manatee County Medicare doctors (primary care physicians for now) to MedicareWire.com. Doctors who treat Medicare patients are listed by city or town. We have school information, years of experience, hospital affiliations and insurances for doctors in Bradenton, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Palmetto, Parrish, and surrounding areas.
This page was last updated on: 11/12/2014.