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Are you turning 65 soon?

By March 15, 2024No Comments
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Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States, primarily for people 65 years of age or older. Still, it also covers some people with certain disabilities or medical conditions. Medicare is funded through payroll taxes, premiums, and taxes on Social Security benefits. Medicare covers a wide range of healthcare services, including hospital stays, doctor visits, prescription drugs, and medical equipment. There are different parts of Medicare that provide various types of coverage, including Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), Medicare Advantage (Part C), and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). It’s essential to consider your healthcare needs when choosing a Medicare plan carefully and to understand the costs and benefits associated with each plan.

Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Part C plans, are offered by private insurance companies that are approved by Medicare. These plans provide all the benefits of Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), often including additional benefits such as prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and hearing benefits. Medicare Advantage plans may also have lower out-of-pocket costs than Original Medicare.

On the other hand, Medicare Supplement plans, also known as Medigap plans, are also offered by private insurance companies but are designed to fill the gaps in Original Medicare coverage. These plans cover some or all of the out-of-pocket costs (such as deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments) that Original Medicare doesn’t cover. Medicare Supplement plans do not provide additional benefits like prescription drug coverage or dental, vision, and hearing benefits.

It’s important to note that you cannot have both a Medicare Advantage plan and a Medicare Supplement plan at the same time. You must choose one or the other. Additionally, Medicare Advantage plans have specific enrollment periods while Medicare Supplement plans can be purchased at any time as long as you are enrolled in Original Medicare.

You should pick a Medicare plan during your Initial Enrollment Period, which is the seven-month period that begins three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months after the month you turn 65. If you’re eligible for Medicare due to a disability, you can enroll in a Medicare plan during the seven-month period that begins three months before your 25th month of disability and ends three months after your 25th month of disability. You can also make changes to your Medicare plan during the Annual Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15th to December 7th each year. Additionally, you may be able to make changes to your plan outside of these periods if you experience a qualifying life event, such as moving to a new area or losing your current coverage. It’s important to carefully consider your healthcare needs and budget when choosing a Medicare plan. Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement are two different types of health insurance plans that provide additional coverage to Original Medicare.

Using a Medicare agent can be helpful as they can provide personalized assistance in selecting a Medicare plan that best fits your unique healthcare needs and budget. We can provide you with information on available plans and enrollment periods and answer any questions you may have about Medicare. Additionally, we can help you compare plans from different insurance companies and make sure that you are getting the best coverage for your specific situation. As a Medicare agent, I can assist with the enrollment process and help you avoid any potential mistakes or pitfalls. It’s important to note that as a Medicare agent, I am paid by the insurance companies, so my services are free of charge to you.

If you are ready to talk about Medicare, contact me, Jeff Youngs, at MidOhio Insurance Solutions. I can be reached at 419-777-7111 or by email at If you have additional questions about Medicare, you can contact the Medicare hotline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit the official Medicare website at for more information. Additionally, you can contact a licensed Medicare agent or broker for personalized assistance with your Medicare-related questions.