Onondaga 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.
Onondaga 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 Onondaga County. This is not true of the other parts of Medicare, which are highly dependent on where you live.
In addition to regional Medicare insurance options, you must match your most important doctor (generally your primary care physician) with a plan. Tens of thousands of doctors don't treat Medicare patients, and those that do don't accept all types of Medicare payment. Some only work with Medicare directly, some only work with specific Medicare Advantage plans, and some do both.
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 Onondaga County
If the risk of high out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare has you worried, then a Onondaga 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.
There are 22 Medicare Advantage plans with prescription coverage and 9 without prescription coverage (Medicare Part D) in Onondaga County. Monthly premiums range from $0.00 to $238.00.
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.
Zero dollar ($0) plans are available in most areas, but not all. Zero dollar does not mean free, it simply indicates that there's no additional monthly premium to enroll. However, you are still required to pay your monthly Part B premium. This is the case with all Medicare Advantage plans.
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 Onondaga County
Original Medicare offers New York 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.
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 New York state board of insurance. You simply choose the level of coverage you want and shop for the best premium.
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 Onondaga 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 New York Medicare Part D plan (PDP) to get cost assistance.
You have a variety of options available to you throughout New York. This year there are a total of 26 prescription drug plans available, each with its own formulary. Monthly premiums start at just $12.60 and go up to $144.40 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.
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 Onondaga County, New York
We've recently added all Onondaga 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 Baldwinsville, Brewerton, Bridgeport, Camillus, Cicero, Clay, East Syracuse, Elbridge, Fayetteville, Jamesville, Jordan, La Fayette, Liverpool, Manlius, Marcellus, Marietta, Minoa, Skaneateles, Skaneateles Falls, Syracuse, Tully, and surrounding areas.