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Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C)

1). Some Medicare Advantage plans have a $0 premium, some of them have a small premium, but you can still have out of pocket expenses like co-pays, deductibles, and may have other cost-sharing responsibilities.

2). If you have Medicare Part A and Part B, you cannot be turned down (unless you have End Stage Renal Disease – special circumstances do apply).

3). Many MA plans have “Part D” which is prescription coverage, built into the plan.  These plans are called MAPD (Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan).

4). If you enroll into a MAPD plan, your claims are paid by a private insurance company instead of original Medicare.

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What is a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Medicare Advantage Plans, “Part C” Plans are offered by private insurance companies.  Some plans have a zero $0 premium, some of them have a small premium.  If you enroll into a Medicare Advantage Plan (during an enrollment period) you still have Medicare, it’s just that your medical claims will be paid by the private insurance company instead of Medicare. 

Usually you will get Part D coverage (a prescription drug plan) with Medicare Part C when you enroll into a Medicare Advantage plan.  These plans are called MAPD, or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans.  The MAPD Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans do cover prescription drugs.  You will not have to worry about a penalty if you have a MAPD plan.

If you buy a MA Only plan, you will not have prescription drug coverage, and you cannot buy a separate drug plan.  This is very important.  If you do not have a prescription drug plan, you may be subject to a penalty once you do eventually get a drug plan.  You can only have 1 drug plan at a time.

There is a permanent lifetime premium penalty of 1% of the national standard premium for every month that a beneficiary could have had Part D prescription coverage, or equivalent creditable coverage (like having VA prescription coverage) and chose not to enroll into a drug plan.  There is no penalty, however, for individuals who qualify for low-income assistance.

If you have other group or union coverage, by joining a Medicare Advantage Plan you might lose your employer or union coverage for you and your spouse and dependents.  Make sure you speak with your HR department before you make any changes.

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PPO | Medicare Advantage

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PPO | Medicare Advantage

A Medicare Advantage plan is offered by a private insurance company to Medicare beneficiaries.  PPO Plans provide flexibility for their members to go in network (lower costs), or out of network, and pay a little more for their benefits.  PPO Plans offer all Medicare Part A (In-patient Hospital) and Part B (Medical insurance) benefits, and many PPO plans offer Part D (Prescriptions).  PPO Plans may require you to select a Primary Doctor that will coordinate your medical care and connect you to other medical services you may need.  You can change your Primary Doctor if you want to change.  PPO plans do not need to get referrals, but you may still be required to get “prior authorization” for certain services.  Many Medicare Advantage plans offer additional benefits that Original Medicare does not offer.

Some PPO plans are “Local PPO’s” or “Regional PPO’s”.  A Local PPO plan (LPPO) service their members in a defined area like a city or county(s).  Regional PPO’s (RPPO) service members in a State or State(s).   Your plan may have a special “Travel Benefit” that may allow you to leave your covered area and have benefits available “in network” in a whole different service area, and still only charge you in-network costs.  You’ll need to investigate the details of your plan to see if it has a travel benefit.

These plans do cover emergencies worldwide.

All Medicare Advantage PPO plans have a Maximum Out of Pocket.  This is the most you’ll have to pay in any calendar year for any medical services.  See the details of your plan to find your Out of Pocket Maximum.  If this is a concern for you, you may want to investigate Medicare Supplement plans, like Plan F.  CLICK HERE for Supplement Plan F.

Added Benefits.  Some PPO plans offer benefits that Original Medicare does not cover like vision and dental, exercise or weight loss programs, hearing aids, over-the-counter items, transportation to your doctor, acupuncture, etc.  Look at the details of your individual policy to see what additional items your plan covers that Original Medicare does not cover.

Always review your “Evidence of Coverage” and “Summary of Benefits” before making a selection on a plan.

Other types of PPO plans

PFFS – Private Fee For Service – These plans are not an HMO or PPO plan.  These plans allow you to see any provider in the country  – that accepts Medicare and will agree to the terms and conditions of payment every time you go.  These plans are also called a “Deemed” PFFS.   You are not limited to networks.  Understand, however, some PFFS plans are a “full” PFFS type plan that does have contracted providers for all services, or other PFFS plans are a “partial” PFFS type plan that has some contracted providers in a network.  If the PFFS plan is Full or Partial, that means that the PFFS plan does have contracts with certain providers, and that the contracted providers in those networks have already agreed to the plan’s terms and conditions.  If you go outside of using these contracted providers in the Full or Partial PFFS plans, you may pay more for those services.  PFFS plans will allow you to buy a separate Rx plan.  Look under your “Summary of Benefits” Section 1 to see what type of PFFS plan it is and how your plan works.

HMO | Medicare Advantage

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HMO | Medicare Advantage

A Medicare Advantage plan is offered by a private insurance company to Medicare beneficiaries.  HMO plans are designed to try and prevent problems before they happen, and they are usually the lowest cost plans.  Many have a $0 premium.  They are designed to keep patients healthy.  This means the plan is designed to be pro-active in catching problems early, and getting the problems fixed quickly before they turn into bigger problems.  HMO’s must offer all Medicare Part A (Inpatient Hospital) and Part B (Medical insurance) benefits, and many HMO plans offer Part D (Prescriptions).  Many Medicare Advantage plans offer additional benefits that Original Medicare does not offer.

You must live inside the network area, and you must select a primary doctor or internist within the network of the plan you choose as your primary doctor.  This primary doctor will manage all of your care, and will refer you to specialists if/when they feel it is necessary.  Women may choose a primary care doctor and a female health care provider without a referral.  Some HMO plans (like a HMO POS Plan) may allow their members to “self-refer” to other specialists, but that would strictly depend on your plan you choose.  If you want to see a particular specialist, you should make sure that the primary doctor you are choosing refers their patients to the specialist you want to see.  You may, however, change your primary doctor to another primary doctor within the network if you are not happy for any reason.

HMO plans have “service areas”.  Generally speaking, members must use the providers that are contracted within that service area.  If you use providers outside of the service area that are not emergencies, urgent care, or dialysis, you will not be covered for that service.  If you intend to travel for long periods of time outside of your coverage area or frequently, an HMO plan may not be best suited for you.

All Medicare Advantage HMO plans have a Maximum Out of Pocket.  This is the most you’ll have to pay in any calendar year for any medical services.  See the details of your plan to find your Out of Pocket Maximum.  If this is a concern for you, you may want to investigate Medicare Supplement plans, Like Plan F.  CLICK HERE for Supplement Plan F.

Added Benefits.  Some HMO plans offer benefits that Original Medicare does not cover like vision and dental, exercise or weight loss programs, hearing aids, over-the-counter items, transportation to your doctor, acupuncture.  Look at the details of your individual policy to see what additional items your plan covers that Original Medicare does not cover. 

These plans do cover emergencies worldwide.

Disadvantages of an HMO Plan – You are not able to choose to see or go to any doctor or hospital you want.  You must use the HMO network of providers and select a primary doctor.  If your primary doctor leaves the HMO, you’ll have to choose a new doctor.

Always review your “Evidence of Coverage” and “Summary of Benefits” before making a selection on a plan.

Different types of HMO plans.

HMO POS – These plans may have doctors that you can go see that are out of your normal network for certain services.  These costs may be more.  Some of these plans require referrals and authorizations, others do not.  You’ll need to look in your “Evidence of Coverage” to see how your plan works.

PART B GIVEBACK PLAN – This plan is also referred to as the Part B Premium Reduction Plan.  These plans reduce your Medicare Part B premium.  You’ll need to see the “Summary of Benefits” to see the details.

MA Plan – A Medicare Advantage plan that does not cover prescriptions.

MAPD Plan – A Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan.

Special Needs Plans (SNP) – These plans are available to Medicare Beneficiaries that have special needs.  Institutionalized, who are “Dual Eligible” (are on Medicare and Medicaid), and that chronic, severe or disabling medical conditions.

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT PERIODS

♦ Initial Election Period (IEP)

◊ Enroll in a Part D plan when first qualified for Medicare, primarily when you turn 65.

♦ Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP)

◊ Enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan when first qualified for Medicare, primarily when you turn 65.

♦ Annual Election Period (AEP)

◊ Annual open enrollment takes place from October 15th through December 7th.

♦ Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (January 1st – February 14th)

♦ Special Election Period (SEP)

◊ Other enrollment relies on qualification for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

♦ Dual Eligible Customers

♦ Current Plan Termination

♦ Move out of the Plans service area

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