What Medicare Plan Is Right for You?
Are there different types of plans and what if I only want certain coverage?
Medicare offers several different types of plans. When you first get Medicare, you are in the Original Medicare Plan. Although all plan types are not necessarily available in your area, everyone enrolled in Medicare has a choice of at least one other type of plan in addition to Original Medicare. Depending on where you live, you may have different options. You may want to consider a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan in order to add prescription drug coverage. You may want to consider a Medicare Plan, such as HMO or PPO, that provides all your Part A, Part B, and often Part D prescription drug coverage.
If you choose the Original Medicare Plan, you may want to consider a Medicare Supplemental Policy, sometimes called Medigap. You would have to make a choice when you are first eligible for Medicare. Each year you can review your health and prescription needs and switch to a different plan in the fall. If you already have Original Medicare, Medicare Solutions can also help you review plan options for Medicare Supplement plans that may help pay costs not paid for by your Original Medicare. It’s worth noting that Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage provide different services, so be sure not to conflate the two options.
Different Medicare Plans:
- The Original Medicare Plan
- Medicare Advantage Plans
- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
A few helpful steps to choosing the right Medicare plan:
- Think about what’s important to you
Every individual has unique needs and concerns when it comes to health care coverage. Some people are most concerned about keeping their costs down. Other people prefer going to any doctor they chose.
There are some main differences among all the Medicare plans
- Different premium amounts and out of pocket costs
- Choose in network or out of network doctors
- Whether you need a referral to go to a specialist
- Whether you can get additional benefits
- Distance of travel to get to the doctor or hospital
- How often you travel for business or leisure
- Compare the Cost of Benefits
- Compare the Benefits Available
- Compare Doctors and Hospital Choices
- Compare the Quality of plan
- Choose the Plan that Best Suits Your Needs