Humana and UnitedHealthcare are the biggest players in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement business – and business has been quite good for them.
I had a call the other day from a woman who is turning 65 and wanted to talk to me about her Medicare choices. She said she is working, but is self-employed. She turns 65 in September, just over one month away. I asked her if she has her Medicare card and she said, “Huh? What is that?”
If your doctor is not a “participating provider” you might have to pay the bill and get reimbursed by Medicare.
People who take only a few generic drugs will probably choose the lowest-cost Part D plan. But people who take brand drugs, especially expensive ones, need to do some research using the Medicare.gov Plan Finder.
Low-Income seniors will lose Medicare help they receive due to an error of omission in Washington – even though both political parties think the financial assistance program should continue.
For four years I wrote about Medicare in a blog that was part of Tucsoncitizen.com. Unfortunately, Gannett, the owner of the Tucsoncitizen.com, decided to shut down that site. I was able to move my 500 blog posts to this site.
Medicaid is being expanded for people with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. But this expansion does not apply to people who have Medicare.
I checked the Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers for Pima County after the most recent Open Enrollment Period (October 15 – December 7, 2013) to see how each of the plans did with their enrollments. Did some companies lose members? Did some companies gain? Were there any big winners and losers?
Anyone who changed their Part D dug plan or their Medicare Advantage plan for 2014 needs to pay attention to a few things.
How to find doctors who accept Medicare.
What home health services does Medicare cover?