Seniors from North Carolina who choose a 2016 Medicare Advantage plan have good options. When you enroll, your Original Medicare private-fee-for-service benefits are replaced with an approved managed care plan that saves you money.
Some rural areas don't offer plans, while others offer only a few. Medicare Advantage options are typically HMO or PPO plans that use hospital and doctor networks to provide care.
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Who Can Enroll in Medicare Advantage?
If you are age 65 or older, you most likely qualify to enroll in a North Carolina Medicare Advantage plan available in your county. If you have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you will need to stay on Original Medicare.
You are only allowed to join, drop or change plans during a Medicare Election Period. The period between 15 October and 7 December is the Annual Election Period (AEP). That's when most folks make changes to their Medicare.
There's also an Individual Election Period (IEP) that you can use once. Your IEP is a 90 day period around your 65th birthday. It starts the month before you turn 65 and ends the month after.
You can get enrolled three ways:
- Call a plan directly. If you know the plan you want, this way is quick and easy.
- Go to www.Medicare.gov and enroll through the government website. From there you can look up your medications, compare plans, and get your application started online.
- Use an independent insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare with a Supplement
If you are concerned that Medicare Advantage could be inconvenient or limit your services, there is another way to get full coverage and lower your out-of-pocket costs. North Carolina Medicare Supplemental Insurance and a North Carolina Medicare Part D Plan (for prescriptions) work hand-in-hand with your Original Medicare to give you the best coverage possible.
A Medicare Supplement policy protects you from big medical bills and helps you lower the total annual cost of your healthcare. See our North Carolina Medigap Plans page for more information. The good news is that all supplemental insurance is standardized, offering you the luxury to buy the coverage you need based on the lowest price.
About Our 2016 Private Health Insurance Data
The private health insurance data we publish is received from public data files provided by the U.S. federal government. We make every attempt to keep our databases up-to-date. In spite of this, we simply cannot ensure the exactness of the details. Only a licensed health insurance agent can give you a binding quote.
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