Virtual Introduction to Medicare Seminar
If you think the Medicare Video’s leave something to be desired, let us know [email protected] and we can produce our own, like the introduction below that we did a few years ago.
We can set up individual phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom meetings for CA residents. What’s really nice is screen sharing so you can see our computer screen or monitor and vice versa. Here’s our scheduling calendar.
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Medicare Part A
Medicare Part A Hospital coverage helps pay for care in hospitals as an inpatient,... skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care (see publication # 10969) but not Long Term Care.
Most people get Part A automatically when they turn age 65 at no charge, since they or a spouse paid Medicare taxes while they were working. You need to sign up close to your 65th birthday, even if you will not be retired by that time. (If you are getting Social Security benefits when you turn 65, your Medicare Hospital Benefits - Part A - start automatically.)
Here's a chart it's just a illustration and is NOT official that shows what Medicare pays, the gaps in Medicare and what you may get when you add a Medi Gap Plan or Medicare Advantage to cover those gaps.
Part B (Medical Insurance)
Part B - Outpatient helps Pay For Doctors' services, outpatient hospital care, and some other medical services that Part A does not cover, such as the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care see publication 10969, but not Long Term Care. Part B helps pay for these covered services and supplies when they are medically necessary.
If you want us to shop for you… Send [email protected] a copy of your Medicare ID card.
BE CAREFUL OF THE SNAFU’S!!!
The “Total Yearly Cost of Care” does not provide personalized or transparent information. For example, when a consumer inputs or changes personal data, such as drug information, his or her total estimated costs do not change. This is not mathematically possible based on the plan benefits. Additionally, the tool does not share what is included in the total cost. As a result consumers will likely see the total cost and assume they are receiving a personalized and tailored estimate which may not be accurate.
The estimated total yearly cost of care is flawed. On a plan that has reduced benefits year over year, the expectation would be that the “estimated total yearly costs” would increase. However the tool is inaccurately estimating the consumer’s costs will decrease. It doesn’t make mathematical sense. For consumers on a fixed income and cost conscious, this could be detrimental to their situation.
Most supplemental benefits are not included in the total yearly cost of care. Over the past several years supplemental benefits have expanded and provided members with options that not only treat, but prevent illness and increase quality of life. We know the high value of benefits such as vision, dental and hearing to our consumers, and they are a key way we are partners in care with our members. Some of the benefits that are not included are:
Transportation lists copay but not number of rides.
Eyeglasses list copay but does not share if benefit covers frames, lenses or contacts.
Wellness Programs include a long list of possible items including fitness, nurse hotline, Personal Emergency Response and telehealth, that can’t be lumped into a single “covered” or “not covered” benefit. Excerpt from UHC Agent Memo * Forbes * GAO 7.2019 Report *
How to create a
My Social Security & Medicare.Gov Account on SSA.gov
You need it to sign up for Medicare too.
We suggest that you create an account with Social Security and Medicare then you can log in and replace your card, in addition to getting tons of other information, like the explanation of benefits for any claims you have. The new card takes about 30 days to get. You can also change your address, etc.
For your Blue Cross Medi-Gap or advantage plan here’s how to create and the benefits of a member portal. If you have trouble, we can create it for you and order a new ID card or we can simply order and ID card for you.
With your free, personal my Social Security account, you can receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest Statement, and review your earnings history. It even makes it easy to request a replacement Social Security Card or check the status of an application, from anywhere!
What can you do with a my Social Security account?
- Check your application status
explanation of benefits for recent MRI and X rays, copies of bills, Etc?
- Set up or change direct deposit
- Request a replacement Social Security card
- Get a Social Security 1099 (SSA-1099) form
- Get a proof of income letter
- Change your address if you’re a beneficiary
Get New ID Cards?
- Preventative Benefits
- Stroke Awareness Month Heart Disease - Screenings under Part B
- Glaucoma explained on Medicare.Gov
- Silver Sneakers
- Medicare & You: Flu Prevention
Hospice Publication # 02154
Palliative care, which focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, offers an extra layer of support.
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