Rockland 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.
Rockland County Medicare Insurance Options
Traditional Medicare coverage – that's Part A and Part B – are not based on where you live in Rockland County or New York. This is not true of Medicare Part C and Part D, or Medigap plans. Private Medicare insurance is regional, and costs and availability vary widely.
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.
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 Rockland County
If you're concerned that Original Medicare might be too expensive (you pay 20% of all costs), then a Rockland 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).
For most Rockland 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 $147.10 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 10 plans that give you prescription drug coverage and 6 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.
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.
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 Rockland County
The only relief New York 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).
Medigap insurance is available in New York 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.
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 Rockland County
Most New York 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.
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.
How-To Find a Medicare Doctor in Rockland County, New York
We've recently added all Rockland 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 Blauvelt, Congers, Garnerville, Haverstraw, Monsey, Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Sparkill, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern, Tallman, Tappan, Thiells, Tomkins Cove, Valley Cottage, West Haverstraw, West Nyack, and surrounding areas.