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Medicare Enrollment - Who Needs It?

Medicare open enrollment in Prescott - information provided by Adler InsuranceAmerican citizens and legal residents become eligible for Medicare health coverage when they turn 65 years old.  The eligibility age may rise to 67 or 68 in coming years, but it's likely that any such increase will be phased in so that anyone who's already eligible can stay in the system. If you’re approaching the age of 65, questions about Medicare open enrollment in Prescott can easily be answered by experts at Adler Insurance. For now, we’ll cover some of the basics.

The Initial Enrollment Period for Medicare actually starts three months before you turn 65, so you can start applying for and setting up your coverage when you're 64 and nine months. Medicare is made up of four component Parts. Specifically:

Part A (Hospital Insurance) pays for part of any:

  • inpatient hospital care,
  • critical access hospitals
  • skilled nursing facility care,
  • some home health care,
  • hospice care.

Part B (Medical Services Insurance) pays for part of any:

  • doctor's services,
  • ambulance services,
  • outpatient hospital care,
  • x-rays and laboratory tests,
  • durable medical equipment and supplies,
  • some home health care,
  • certain preventive care,
  • other outpatient services,
  • other medical services Part A doesn't cover, such as physical and occupational therapy.

Taken together, Parts A and B make up "traditional" Medicare coverage. And they operate like an indemnity-style health insurance policy. They are flexible, giving you broad choice in the doctors and hospitals you use, but they require you to pay substantial amounts out of your own pocket. Part C— it's also called the Medicare Advantage program—is, essentially, a managed-care option. It puts various restrictions on the providers and hospitals you can choose but generally covers all (or nearly all) of the costs.

Part C includes several sub-category options:

  • Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations. In these plans, you must get your care from primary care doctors, specialists or hospitals on the HMO's list of network providers, except in emergencies.
  • Medicare Preferred Provider Organization Plans. In most of these plans, your share of plan costs is lower when you use doctors, specialists and hospitals that are "in network." which means they contracted to accept the PPO fee schedule.  Using out-of-network providers is allowed but will cost you more out-of-pocket. The PPO option is designed especially for use in rural areas—which have been historically undeserved by Medicare providers and facilities.
  • Medicare Special Needs Plans. These plans generally limit enrollment to people in certain long-term care facilities (like nursing homes); people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid; or those with certain chronic or disabling conditions.
  • Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans. Sometimes called Point of Service Plans. In these plans, you may go to any Medicare-approved primary care doctor, specialist or hospital that will accept the terms of the private plan's payment.
  • Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. These plans include a high deductible plan that will not begin to pay benefits until the high annual deductible is met. They also include a medical savings account into which Medicare will deposit money for you to use to pay your health care costs. Medicare MSA Plans do not cover prescription drugs—you have to buy that coverage separately.

Part D is the Medicare Outpatient Prescription Drug Coverage.

It's a fairly new coverage, begun in 2006, and is sold through private-sector insurance companies rather than directly by the government.

The most important thing to remember about Medicare is that enrollment should never be put off. The Government is constantly changing regulations regarding retirement as we know it. The retirement age has been increased to 67 and will likely go up from there. Adler Insurance wants to remind you that no matter at which age you retire; it is a requirement to enroll in Medicare at 64 and nine months of age. Learn more about Medicare by calling Adler Insurance at 928-710-1455

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