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Missed Medicare Open Enrollment? You've Still Got Options

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare advantage plans, Medicare open enrollment, Medicare supplement plans

So you’re really not happy with your Medicare Advantage plan but you never got around to changing it during the Medicare Annual Enrollment period.  Now what?  Is there any way you can still change your plan?

The Medicare Annual Disenrollment period is January 1 – February 14.  While you can’t switch Medicare Advantage plans you can move to Original Medicare

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What To Do When You Lose Retiree Health Insurance

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare advantage plans, Medicare supplement plans, Retiree health insurance, seniors

This is the time of year when companies review their employee health care plans and when an increasing number of retirees find that their retiree health insurance will no longer be available from the company.

Xerox just announced that beginning January 1, 2013 it will no longer provide health benefits to people who qualify for Medicare. In 2010, the company stopped providing a subsidy, but news reports say that about 20% of the 15,000 Medicare-eligible retirees still get their coverage through the company.  Earlier this month Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced it would drop health care benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees at the end of 2012.

Here are three tips if you are looking to replace your retiree health insurance with a Medicare insurance plan.

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Can Comparing Medicare Supplement Plans Save You Money?

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare supplement plans, Retiree health insurance

Comparing Medicare plans from different companies can save you money. Yes, even if you are looking for a standardized Medigap Plan F policy.  Over the next several weeks we'll share some consumer stories with you about calls that have come into iQuote and how an iQuote.com Health Plan Advisor helped the consumer find a solution for her situation.

This first story involves a woman moving to a new state and seeking replacement for a union retiree health insurance plan.

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Should a Couple Buy the Same Medicare Insurance Plan?

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare advantage plans, Medicare supplement plans

A recent caller for Medicare health insurance said she wanted the same plan as her husband.  But, after a few questions it was clear that his plan was not necessarily the right plan for her.  Her health care needs were much different than his, she used different doctors and her prescription drugs were not adequately covered by the plan he selected.

It didn’t mean he had the wrong plan. His plan was a good choice for his health care needs.  She simply needed a plan that matched her health care needs. 

Here are 3 tips for picking the right Medicare insurance plan.

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Time to Shop for Medicare Plan F?

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Tags: Medicare supplement plans

New lower rates will be available on some Medicare Supplement Plan F policies beginning in April. A couple of Medicare insurance companies have just announced lower rates, including on the popular Plan F.  It will depend on what state you are in if these new rates are available to you. But if you’ve found your Medigap rates climbing it might be a good time to review your policy and check your rates to see if the plan you hae is still the best plan for you.

Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most comprehensive of the Medigap plans and the most popular Medicare Supplement plan

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Medicare Advantage Plan Not A Good Fit?

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare supplement plans

If you find that your Medicare Advantage plan doesn't fit your needs, you may still be able to change to another type of plan. But you need to act quickly, before the Feb. 14 deadline to dis-enroll.

Here's how it works. If you're unhappy with your Medicare Advantage plan you have the following options until Feb. 14 when the dis-enrollment period ends:

You can drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).

If your Medicare Advantage plan had drug coverage, you can sign up for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan.

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3 Tips About New Medicare Supplement Plans

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Tags: Medicare supplement plans

There are changes underway in Medicare Supplement plans, often called Medigap, beginning June 1, 2010. Here are the two big changes:

1. Two new Medicare Supplement plans - Plan M and Plan N.

2. Four plans will no longer be offered: Plans E, H, I and J.

Now, if you purchase your own Medicare Supplement insurance, here's what you need to know whether you have a policy or will be purchasing a policy for the first time:

1. If you currently have a Medigap plan, you don't have to change anything.

2. If you are purchasing a policy that will be effective after June 1, your choices will be limited to these plans- Plan A, B, C, D F, G, K, L, M, N.

3. If you are interested in purchasing Plan E, H, I or J, you must do it before June 1, 2010.

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