Don't let all of the Medicare health insurance options in Sarasota County scare you. Click one of the plan types below to compare just the Medicare coverage you need. If you are looking for more information about your options click here.
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Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota County
If the risk of high out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare has you worried, then a Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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 $155.00 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 20 plans that give you prescription drug coverage and 4 that don't include it.
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.
Are you aware that Medicare Advantage has an annual out-of-pocket spending limit? This feature, called the Maximum Out-of-Pocket (MOOP) expense, is what safeguards you from the threat of high medical bills. Each year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sets the maximum and an alternative minimum MOOP that plans may offer, so be sure to look for it when comparing your health insurance options.
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 Sarasota County
If you like the flexibility of being able to see any doctor you choose, but you're concerned about paying 20% of all your medical bills, the solution is Medicare Supplement insurance. Commonly called Medigap, supplemental Medicare insurance helps pay your share of the Medicare costs.
Medigap insurance is available in Florida in ten standardized letter plans, A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N. There's also a high deductible version of Plan F. Plan A is the most basic and Plan F offers the most coverage possible.
The most important thing to know about Medigap insurance policies is that if Original Medicare doesn’t cover a healthcare service, a Medigap plan won't cover it or any portion of it either. So, unlike Medicare Advantage plans that can offer extras, like coverage for prescription medications, hearing, vision, dental and more, Medicare Supplements are in lock-step with Original Medicare Parts A and B.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Sarasota 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 variety of options available to you throughout Florida. This year there are a total of 30 prescription drug plans available, each with its own formulary. Monthly premiums start at just $12.60 and go up to $174.70 per month for the most inclusive extended plan. While shopping and comparing, don't forget to look at the annual deductible. This is what you will pay at the pharmacy before assistance begins.
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 Sarasota County, Florida
We've recently added all Sarasota 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 Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Sarasota, Venice, and surrounding areas.