As you approach 65 you likely have questions about your health insurance, including "where do I even start?" Whether you are enrolling in Medicare for the first time or considering a change in coverage, now is the time to educate yourself about your options. Start here.
Medicare & You is the Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook. View the complete guide and download your copy here.
• Can you see the doctor you want? Are the right specialists available if you need them?• How much will you have to pay for your medications?• What are the monthly premiums?• What other out-of-pocket costs might you incur based on your expected health care usage?• Are family benefits important? If the decision to go off the employer plan would affect your spouse’s insurance, add the cost of spouse’s coverage to your analysis?
Our advisors can help you navigate the Medicare application process.
Tips to consider.
STEP 1: Talk to your employer to see if your current insurance will change at age 65.STEP 2: Gather all documents pertaining to your employer-sponsored insurance.STEP 3: Find a comparable Medicare plan—either traditional Medicare A, B, D plus Medigap, or a Medicare Advantage plan.STEP 4: Figure out which plan is a better value by comparing prices and benefits.STEP 5: Consider other factors, such as spousal insurance, whether you’d have to change your doctors, etc.STEP 6: Get a second opinion from a trusted insurance agent or consultant.
When should you apply for Medicare? This flow chart may help.
Age matters & Secondary coverage.
As you are strategizing for the good life, you also have choices when it comes to thinking about extended care.
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