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Turning 65 Soon? Here are a Few Things to Know About Medicare Enrollment

Posted by Ron Walton
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Turning 65 Soon?  Here are a Few Things to Know About Medicare Enrollment

Reaching the age of 65 comes with the significant milestone of Medicare eligibility, marking a transition in healthcare coverage. Your initial Medicare enrollment window, typically beginning three months before your 65th birthday, is an important period that needs careful consideration. Here are key aspects to ponder during this pivotal time.

 

Understanding the Initial Enrollment Window

Your initial Medicare enrollment window opens three months before your 65th birthday and extends for three months after. This seven-month period allows you to enroll in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or opt for a Medicare Advantage plan.

 

Flexibility During Annual Enrollment Periods

After choosing a Medicare plan during your initial enrollment, it’s important to remember that you can review and adjust your coverage annually during the Annual Election Period (AEP) from October 15 to December 7. This flexibility ensures that your healthcare plan aligns with your evolving needs.

 

Consideration of Medicare Advantage Plans

If you opt for a Medicare Advantage plan during your initial enrollment or at any point afterward, you can make changes during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, which runs from January 1 to March 31 each year. This allows for plan adjustments to better suit your requirements.

 

Importance of Supplemental Plans or Medigap

During your initial enrollment, carefully consider the potential gaps in coverage provided by Original Medicare. Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) plans can be purchased during your initial enrollment period, offering additional coverage for out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-payments. Later, it can be more difficult to get approved for a Medigap plan.

 

Weighing the Cost and Coverage

Different Medicare plans come with varying costs and plan options.  Assess your healthcare needs, anticipated medical expenses, and preferred providers to find a plan that strikes the right balance between cost and coverage.

 

Long-Term Health Considerations

Projecting your long-term health needs is crucial. Consider factors such as chronic conditions, prescription drug requirements, and potential lifestyle changes when selecting a Medicare plan.

By approaching this process with diligence, you pave the way for a healthcare plan that aligns with your health needs and provides peace of mind throughout your retirement years.

 

But remember, you don’t have to go through this process alone. Help is always free to Medicare beneficiaries. So, call our office to schedule a plan review with a licensed insurance agent, and we’ll help you navigate your options and select the Medicare plan that works for you.

Ron Walton
Ron and Stephanie Walton // ron@waltoninsurance.agency

I am a local, licensed insurance agent. I am certified with many top Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug and Medicare Supplement insurance plan carriers. I represent most major companies with a Medicare contract and am qualified to answer any questions you may have.

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