As October approaches, like clockwork the Medicare commercials begin on TV. As if Medicare isn’t confusing enough already, none of us need the bombardment of hype from insurance marketing organizations, like AARP. Nevertheless, it’s here and will be with us until early December.
One area of confusion for many seniors has to do with the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which begins 15 October and ends on 7 December. The insurance companies inundate all of us with their commercials letting us know how important it is to compare rates and choose the best company. It’s all fluff and no substance that’s carefully designed to scare seniors and get them to make a call.
What most people are confused about is what plans AEP covers. The annual In health insurance, open enrollment is a period during which a person may enroll in or change their selection of health plan benefits. Health plan enrollment is ordinarily subject to restrictions.... period has nothing to do with Original Medicare is private fee-for-service health insurance for people on Medicare. It has two parts. Part A is hospital coverage. Part B is medical coverage.... or Medicare supplements. The AEP is only for Part D prescription drug plan coverage or Medicare Advantage plan coverage.
Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D is Medicare's prescription drug plan program. Plans are offered by private insurance companies and cover outpatient prescriptions.... are private health insurance plans that require a 1-year commitment. So, the decision you make during AEP will decide your Medicare Advantage (MA), also known as Medicare Part C, are health plans from private insurance companies that are available to people eligible for Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B).... (if you don’t have a Medigap plan) or your Part D plan that you’ll use next year.
If you already have a Medicare Supplements are additional insurance policies that Medicare beneficiaries can purchase to cover the gaps in their Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) health insurance coverage.... policy you won’t have to worry about changing this coverage, because it remains in place until you terminate it. However, if you had a Part D plan for your prescription drug coverage, you should evaluate the rates and coverage to make sure it’s still the best plan for you. It’s critical that you do so because the insurance companies offering drug plans change the monthly A premium is an amount that an insurance policyholder must pay for coverage. Premiums are typically paid on a monthly basis. In the federal Medicare program, there are four different types of premiums. ..., A deductible is an amount a beneficiary must pay for their health care expenses before the health insurance policy begins to pay its share...., Coinsurance is a percentage of the total you are required to pay for a medical service. ..., and A copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are required to pay for a medical service.... levels. They can also drop critical drugs off their formulary and their pharmacy networks can change.
In summary, the approaching open enrollment period is only for Part D drug plans and Advantage plans, and not for your Medicare supplemental insurance coverage.