Make Medicare changes now
Medicare and supplemental health coverage provide a safety net for those age 65 and up, but insurance coverage, at best, can be confusing.
For the nearly 117,000 Montgomery County residents who are 65 years or older now is the time to think about KHDOWK FDUH FRYHUDgH, DV 2FW. 15 wDV WKH fiUVW GDy DnG Dec. 7 the last day those with Medicare can make changes to their health insurance plans.
Following are tips from one insurance carrier for those using Medicare.
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•2ULgLnDO 0HGLFDUH (3DUWV $ DnG B) GRHVn’W FRYHU HYerything. Take a look at your regular monthly health care expenses and decide what plan covers what you need at the best cost. Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything and has no limits on out-of-pocket expenses.
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•,I SRVVLEOH, GRn’W wDLW unWLO WKH ODVW PLnuWH WR HnUROO. The extra time helps your insurance company verify your eligibility, get you properly set up in their system, order your fD card, and ensure a smooth transition from 2012 to 2013.
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Where to go for help. A licensed broker can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and even come to your home to educate you. Also, many health plans offer community meetings DERuW 0HGLFDUH. CKHFN wLWK Dn LnVuUHU nRw WR finG RuW.
7KH RIfiFLDO 8.6. gRYHUnPHnW VLWH IRU 0HGLFDUH, wKLFK includes information on related supplemental health plans is at www.medicare.gov.
By hathy Disque