You have a wide range of Medicare and other senior health insurance options available to you in Mecklenburg County. To make shopping easier, use the navigation links below to show specific plan types. If you are looking for more information about your options click here.
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Mecklenburg 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 Mecklenburg County. This is not true of the other parts of Medicare, which are highly dependent on where you live.
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 Mecklenburg County
If the risk of high out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare has you worried, then a Mecklenburg 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 14 Medicare Advantage plans with prescription coverage and 4 without prescription coverage (Medicare Part D) in Mecklenburg County. Monthly premiums range from $0.00 to $121.30.
Several different kinds of plans are available, but insurers generally offer just the most competitive plans for the area. Most commonly you will find HMO and PPO style managed care plans, but some areas have Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans that work a lot like Original Medicare. A smaller number of areas have Medical Savings Account (MSA) style HMO plans.
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.
A full thirty-three percent of all Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Medicare Advantage each year. The reason is simple: it's a cost-effective alternative to Original Medicare. We encourage you to learn more by visiting our Medicare Advantage Frequently Asked Questions and Medicare Advantage Coverage pages.
Medicare Supplement Insurance in Mecklenburg 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.
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 North Carolina state board of insurance. You simply choose the level of coverage you want and shop for the best premium.
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 Mecklenburg 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 North Carolina Medicare Part D plan (PDP) to get cost assistance.
You have a total of 29 North Carolina 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 $12.60 per month. At the high end, premiums top out at $134.90 per month. If you have regular prescriptions, be sure to compare your needs with a plan's formulary before enrolling.
How-To Find a Medicare Doctor in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
We've recently added all Mecklenburg 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 Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Pineville, and surrounding areas.