Medicare supplements in Florida are available from a wide list of providers. But how do you choose the best Medicare plan?
Anyone who is interested in signing up for Medicare has many decisions to make, including which type of insurance plan to go with to the type of physicians that they are on the plan. But one decision that is particularly important is between using Medicare Advantage plans or going with the more traditional approach to insurance, called Medicare Part A and Part B.
Medicare Part A and Part B
Many people are choosing to stay on their current health plan, called Medicare Part A. The benefits are similar to those of Medicare Part B, except that there is no co-payment required and there are no annual limits on how much you can spend. These plans are also known as Parts A and B. While some doctors agree with the advantages of this type of insurance, other physicians and hospitals are opposed to the use of these plans.
Those who are choosing a different type of Medicare coverage are often opting for Medigap, which means that they have an additional deductible, which is why they pay more out-of-pocket. Most people think that if they have a large hospital bill, they will not be able to afford the Medigap premium, so they use Part A instead. However, those with medical conditions that require higher doses of medication, such as heart conditions, kidney diseases or cancers, may be able to qualify for Medigap as a supplement to the original Medicare plan.
Those who do choose to go with the supplemental plans will pay a co-payment based on the cost of the service, as well as the doctor’s office visit and any prescription that is necessary. This type of insurance is very useful for those who have a limited amount of money for their doctor visits each month. If you have a long trip or vacation coming up that you are planning to take, you can simply bring the prescriptions along with you as part of your travel insurance. Since there is no co-payment, you will pay nothing until the prescriptions are filled and you have a trip to a doctor’s office.
Many people want to take advantage of supplemental policies as they have more freedom and flexibility. When considering which supplemental policies to buy, there are some options that you can opt to include. These include: eye care coverage, which includes vision exams, prescribed eyeglasses and contacts, emergency room visits, prescriptions, hospital stays, and outpatient surgery costs, and dental services.
Medicare Advantage is an alternative type of health care insurance in the U.S. that offers Medicare benefits via a private-sector medical insurance company. Medicare Advantage plans allow seniors to combine both their Part A and Part B premiums, and get a lower deductible and higher maximum benefits with the added benefit of a private Medicare provider.
Medicare Advantage Benefits
Some benefits provided by Medicare Advantage plans include doctor office visits, prescription drugs, hospitalization, emergency room visits, laboratory tests, X-ray and other common office procedures. Most plans also cover outpatient care. Medicare Advantage plans will also pay some or all of your deductibles for your Medicare Part A and Part B premiums.
Contact South Florida Medicare Specialists today for more information.