How to Tell if Your Medicare Plan is Right for You
during last year’s Annual Enrollment Period, or you’ve had the same Medicare coverage for years. No matter. Change is constant, and you need to pay attention to the ways your plan works for you and the ways that maybe it doesn’t.
First, it’s important to take advantage of all the benefits that Medicare offers. For example, all beneficiaries, regardless of the plan they have, are entitled to certain preventive care and services. In addition, the basic coverage offered by Original Medicare Parts A and B must be offered by all Medicare Advantage plans (Part C). Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer extra coverage for vision, dental and hearing care, prescription drugs and more. Read your plan materials to make sure you understand all that is available to you.
Next, you may want to check in with yourself on how well your plan benefits meet your needs over the year. If you find that your plan is lacking and, in the process, learn what you need, then you can prepare to make an informed choice during the next Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 to December 7, 2012).
Here’s a checklist that can help you assess your experience as you use your plan benefits. You may want to keep it handy and complete it every few months. Place a check by the statements that are true for you. The more checks, the better your Medicare plan is working for you. The fewer checks, the more likely it is that you may want to choose a different plan next time.
My Medicare Plan Coverage
My Medicare Plan Cost
My Medicare Plan Convenience
My Medicare Plan Satisfaction
Choosing a Medicare plan is not a “get and forget it” action. It’s important to monitor your coverage, costs, convenience and satisfaction as you experience using your plan benefits.
–This information was provided by Medicare Made Clear
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