Whether you’re new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65, or preparing to retire, you’ll need to make several important decisions about your health coverage. If you wait to enroll, you may have to pay a penalty, and you may have a gap in coverage.
We can help you - Learn about the different parts of Medicare
The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.
We can help you - Find out when you can get Medicare
There are only certain times when people can enroll in Medicare. Depending on the situation, some people may get Medicare automatically, and others need to apply for Medicare. The first time you can enroll is called your Initial Enrollment Period. Your 7-month Initial Enrollment Period usually:
If you don’t enroll when you are first eligible, you may have to pay a Part B late enrollment penalty, and you may have a gap in coverage if you decide you want Part B later.
We can explain the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement
There are two options commonly used to replace or supplement Original Medicare. One option called Medicare Advantage is an alternative way to get Original Medicare. The other option Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) works alongside your Original Medicare coverage. These plans have significant differences when it comes to costs, benefits, and how they work. It’s important to understand these differences as you review your Medicare coverage options.
We can help you choose the best Part D (pharmacy coverage) that is right for you.
In general, health care you get while traveling outside the United States is not covered by Medicare. In rare cases, Medicare may pay for inpatient, hospital, doctor, ambulance services or dialysis you get in a foreign country. (US Department of State travel.state.gov -International Travel-Before You Go-Your Health Abroad )