Don't let all of the Medicare health insurance options in Polk County scare you. Click one of the plan types below to compare just the Medicare coverage you need. If you're not ready to make a decision click here to discover your options.
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Polk County Medicare Insurance Options
Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) is the only Medicare insurance that's standard in Florida. All private Medicare insurance is regulated by the federal government, but plan and policy availability is regional (e.g., within all parts of Polk County or throughout the state).
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.
Our goal is to help you find all of the information you need to narrow your plan options to a small number so you can get on the phone with licensed adviser and make your final election for the year. In our experience, people who take a little more time investigating their options generally have better results with their healthcare.
Medicare Advantage Insurance in Polk County
If the risk of high out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare has you worried, then a Polk County Medicare Advantage plan is one alternative you need to consider. Medicare Advantage offers all of the same basic benefits as Original Medicare, and plans have the option to add additional benefits, including prescription drug coverage.
For most Polk County seniors cost is a factor, so let's talk about it. You have plans as low as $0.00 per month and some as high as $0.00 per month. It's not always true that the higher the premium the more benefits and coverage you get. Be a good shopper and compare. Be sure to compare prescription drug benefits. There are 7 plans that give you prescription drug coverage and 1 that don't include it.
There are several different type of plans, including Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS), and Medical Savings Account (MSA). HMO and PPO plans are the most common. We identify the plan type and its benefits on each plan page.
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 Polk County
Original Medicare offers Florida seniors the most flexibility in their healthcare options, but it also comes with a significant risk: Original Medicare does not have an out-of-pocket limit. This serious risk is the reason the insurance industry offers Medicare Supplemental insurance, also known as 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.
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 Polk County
In addition to no out-of-pocket limits, Original Medicare does not cover your prescription medications. It covers medications you need while hospitalized as an inpatient, but for outpatient care you must pay all costs or enroll in a Florida Medicare Part D plan (PDP) to get cost assistance.
You have a total of 8 Florida PDP options this year. Every year plans change, so be sure to review your choices each Annual Election Period. The low cost plan this year is just $30.30 per month. At the high end, premiums top out at $98.90 per month. If you have regular prescriptions, be sure to compare your needs with a plan's formulary before enrolling.
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 Polk County, Florida
We've recently added all Polk 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 Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Polk City, Winter Haven, and surrounding areas.
This page was last updated on: 11/12/2014.