You have a wide range of Medicare and other senior health insurance options available to you in Pinellas County. To make shopping easier, use the navigation links below to show specific plan types. Click here to learn more about your Medicare options.
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Pinellas 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 Pinellas County. This is not true of the other parts of Medicare, which are highly dependent on where you live.
As if all of the various health insurance options aren’t confusing enough, you also need to make sure your doctor accepts the insurance you want, or find a doctor that does. Some doctors only work through insurance networks, while others treat patients with Original Medicare (and Medicaid). Some doctors do both.
MedicareWire.com seeks to take as much of the guess work out of selecting Medicare health insurance as possible. Our goal is to help you narrow down your plan options before you get on the telephone with a licensed adviser. We know from experience that an educated healthcare consumer is more often satisfied with the care they receive than those who don't do their homework.
Medicare Advantage Insurance in Pinellas County
If you're concerned that Original Medicare might be too expensive (you pay 20% of all costs), then a Pinellas 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).
There are 8 Medicare Advantage plans with prescription coverage and 1 without prescription coverage (Medicare Part D) in Pinellas County. Monthly premiums range from $0.00 to $37.00.
Plans are not all the same, and there are several common types, including Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). Some areas also offer one or more Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans, but they are rare. HMO and PPO plans are by far the most common.
In many areas you will find one or more $0 plans. This simply means that there's no additional monthly premium cost to you above and beyond your monthly Part B premium. In all cases you are required to continue to pay your monthly Part B premium in addition to the Medicare Advantage plan premium.
The most important benefit offered by Medicare Advantage insurance is the annual cap on your out-of-pocket expenses. The limit, called your Maximum Out-of-Pocket (MOOP) expense, is set each year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). However, CMS allows plans to offer a lower alternative MOOP, so look for it. It's the MOOP that will help you sleep better at night knowing that a trip to the emergency room won't clean out your savings.
To better understand why more and more seniors make the switch to Medicare Advantage each year, have a read through our Medicare Advantage Frequently Asked Questions and Medicare Advantage Coverage pages. There you will find everything you need to know to decide if it the right move for you.
Medicare Supplement Insurance in Pinellas 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).
A Medigap policy is indemnity insurance that pays the portion of your bill not paid by Medicare (up to the limits of the policy). There are ten lettered plans in Florida (A through N) that are all standardized. So, no matter what carrier you choose, the lettered plan will be the same, only the premium will be different.
It's critical that you understand how Medigap works. It does not give you extra healthcare benefits. If Medicare does not cover a healthcare expense, Medigap does not cover it. That includes your prescriptions, hearing aids, eye glasses, dental exams and other items that Medicare does not cover. Medigap works with everything covered under Medicare Part A and Part B.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Pinellas County
Most Florida seniors will eventually need help paying for their prescription medications. Unfortunately, this is not a benefit provided by Original Medicare, you have to buy it. You can get prescription drug coverage assistance by enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan (PDP) or a Medicare Advantage plan that includes a 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.
Prescription drug insurance is important, so be sure to learn as much as you can about Medicare Part D before enrolling. You'll find plenty of information on our Medicare Part D Frequently Asked Questions and Medicare Part D Coverage pages.
How-To Find a Medicare Doctor in Pinellas County, Florida
We've recently added all Pinellas 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 Bay Pines, Belleair Beach, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Ozona, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, Saint Petersburg, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, and surrounding areas.
This page was last updated on: 11/12/2014.