How does Original Medicare work?

Original Medicare covers most, but not all of the costs for approved health care services and supplies. After you meet your deductible, you pay your share of costs for services and supplies as you get them. There’s no limit on what you’ll pay out-of-pocket in a year unless you have other coverage (like Medigap, Medicaid, or employee or union coverage). Services covered by Medicare must be medically necessary. Medicare also covers many preventive services, like shots and screenings. If you go to a doctor or other health care provider that accepts the Medicare-approved amount, your share of costs may be less. If you get a service that Medicare doesn’t cover,… Read More

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3 Types of Medigap Rating Structure

Attained-Aged: Premium based on current age when policy is issued. Premium goes up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. All Medigap Freedom plans are Attained-Aged rated. Issued-Aged: Premium based on the age you are when you buy (are issued) the Medigap policy. Premium DOES NOT go up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. Community: Same premium is charged to everyone who has the Medigap policy, regardless of age. Premium DOES NOT go up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. Call your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc Medicare health insurance specialists… Read More

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Key Differences: Medigap Open Enrollment, AEP, and ICEP

Medigap Open Enrollment Period: six (6) month period starting the first of the month a beneficiary turns 65 or enrolls into Part B, whichever is later. Once in a lifetime EXCEPT for Guaranteed Issue situation or beneficiaries under 65. Annual Election Period (AEP): Medicare Advantage or PDP ONLY. Every year from October 15th to December 7th. Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP): Medicare Advantage Only. With most ICEPs, occurs 3 months prior, the month of and 3 months after a beneficiary’s 65th birthday. The professionals at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc are here to help you understand your Medicare health insurance choices. Call us today at (215)355-2121.

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Medigap Open Enrollment Period

Most beneficiaries get ONE Medigap Open Enrollment Period. The Medigap Open Enrollment Period cannot be changed or repeated. Under 65 Medicare beneficiaries get another Medigap Open Enrollment Period when they turn 65. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121.

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Guaranteed Issue Rights

Guaranteed Issue (GI) rights are rights the beneficiary has in certain situations when insurance companies must offer certain Medigap policies. There are ONLY 7 situations where Guaranteed Issue Rights apply. Two of the most common are: Beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage Plan, and the plan is leaving Medicare or stops giving care in their area, or the beneficiary moves out of the Medicare Advantage plan’s service area. Beneficiary has Original Medicare and an employer group health plan (including retiree or COBRA coverage) or union coverage that pays after Medicare pays and that plan is ending. Just like with the Medigap Open Enrollment Period, during a Guaranteed Issue: No eligibility… Read More

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Medigap Quick Facts

What is it? A Medigap policy (also called “Medicare Supplement Insurance”) is private health insurance that’s designed to supplement Original Medicare. This means it helps pay some of the health care costs (“gaps”) that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Play types offered: Insurance companies can sell only a “standardized” policy identified in most states by letters. Independence Blue Cross offers Plans A, B, F, F-HD, G, G-HD, and N. Medical Coverage: No selection of a PCP is required; members are able to choose any doctor or hospital as long as they accept Original Medicare. This also allows for no referrals and no network. Prescription Drug Coverage:… Read More

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MACRA: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

Since January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to people new to Medicare aren’t allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F are no longer available to people who were “new to Medicare” on or after January 1, 2020. For this situation, people “new to Medicare” are people who turned 65 on or after January 1, 2020, and people who got Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) on or after January 1, 2020. If you already have either of these 2 plans (or the high deductible version of Plan F) or you were covered by one of these plans before January 1, 2020, you will be… Read More

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Best Time to Buy a Medigap Policy

The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during the Medigap Open Enrollment Period. The Medigap Open Enrollment Period lasts for 6 months and begins on the first day of the month a beneficiary turns 65 or enrolls in Part B, whichever is later. Under 65 Medicare beneficiaries get a second Medigap Open Enrollment Period when they turn 65. The professionals at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc are here to help you understand your Medicare health insurance choices. Call us today at (215)355-2121.

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Lower 2023 Medicare Part B Premium Could Be on the Way

Some changes in the health care industry resulted in expected cost savings for the Medicare program for 2022. CMS’ recent announcement states they plan on passing these savings to consumers via their 2023 Part B premium. Click here to read the details on the lower Part B Premium Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions Inc Medicare health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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IBC Increasing Medigap Rates

Independence Blue Cross recently received approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to increase our monthly premium rates for MedigapSecurity plans A, B, C, D, F, F High-Deductible, G, G High-Deductible, and N. These rates will become effective April 1, 2022. MEDIGAPSECURITY PREMIUM UPDATED RATE SHEET   Monthly Premium If you have … Beginning April 1, 2022, you will pay … MedigapSecurity – Plan A $164.95 MedigapSecurity – Plan B $195.65 MedigapSecurity – Plan C $224.55 MedigapSecurity – Plan D $204.95 MedigapSecurity – Plan F $224.70 MedigapSecurity – Plan F High Deductible $109.00 MedigapSecurity – Plan G $205.10 MedigapSecurity – Plan G High Deductible $91.95 MedigapSecurity – Plan N $181.30 Questions… Read More

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