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The best place to find this information is found on the medicare website. You can get plan information and make comparisons for all types of coverage.
Medicare supplement pays part or all of your deductibles and copays that you have with Medicare parts A and B. A "Medicare replacement" is actually Medicare advantage. The…y are a Medicare option that combines your Part A, B and sometimes part D into one plan that is administered by a Medicare contracted insurance company. Many of these plans have very low or even 0 monthly premiums. You still have copays but they are generally much less than Original Medicare. (If this question relates to United States Medicare, there is no such thing as the concept of "Medicare replacement." I do not see anywhere to add an alternative answer so I put this here just as a warning. In the United States you are either on Medicare or you are not. If you are on Medicare in the United States, you will almost certainly feel the need to supplement it. Over 95% of the people on United States Medicare supplement it in some way. There is a wide choice of ways to supplement United States Medicare. The answer above describes only two of them.
The "best" Medicare coverage depends on your individual medical needs. In other words the best plan for you may be a bad plan for someone else. Medicare regulates the plans of…fered by the companies, so no company is really better than another. As far as the "cheapest" there is competition between companies on prices, but it really depends on the county and state where your reside, and what type of plan you choose as to what your actual cost will be. A Medicare Advantage Plan basically replaces your use of Traditional Medicare. You still must pay your Medicare Part B premium that is automatically deducted from your Social Security check, that will not stop when you purchase the Medicare Advantage Plan. The following types of Medicare Advantage plans are available, but not always available depending on your county and state of residence: HMO Pros can be zero or very low cost to you per month, predictable co-pays like $10.00 or $15.00 for doctor's office visits, and lower cost hosptilization than Traditional Medicare, no deductibles, and most will include your Medicare Part D Prescription Plan. Cons can be a restricted network of doctors that you must use, no maximum out of pocket limits, and some plans may resort to the old "referrals" to see a specialist. PPO Pros can be low cost to you per month, predictable co-pays like $15.00 or $20.00 for doctor's office visits, you can go in or out of network, no deductibles when you stay in network, no referrals for specialist, lower cost hosptilization than Traditional Medicare, an established maximum out of pocket, and most will include your Medicare Part D Prescription Plan. Cons can be if you do go out of network you'll pay a deductible first before the cost is split by a percentage between you and the insurance company. PFFS This is a "Private Fee For Services" Plan. First the Cons: The single most important thing to remember about PFFS is the fact that you must contact the doctor or hospital FIRST to see if they take the plan. Even before you make an appointment to see a doctor, the doctor must tell you that they do indeed accept the terms and conditions of the plan. The pros are similar to the PPO, it works basically the same. The monthly premiums are typically higher than the PPO, but less than adding a supplement. ONE_MORE_THING!">ONE MORE THING! Now, there are pros and cons when comparing the Medicare Advantage Plans to Traditional Medicare with Medigap, or a Medicare Supplement attached to it. Medigap, also called a Medicare Supplement, basically pays the portion of medical expenses that Medicare expects you to pay. Medicare is an "80/20" plan, meaning Medicare pays 80% of the bill and you pay 20% of the bill. Medigap can pay the 20% for you. Depending on which Medigap plan you choose, the plan can also pay the (2009) $1068.00 hositalization deductible for you and the $135.00 doctor's office deductible for you. Medigap plans have a monthly premium range anywhere between $80.00/month to $300.00/month, depending on your zip code. Medicare Supplement Plan F is considered "the Cadillac plan" as it covers almost everything that Medicare, itself, does not cover. This is also the most expensive Medigap plan. Medicare Supplement Plan G is often 10% lower in cost than Plan F and is exactly the same as F, except that the member must first pay their Medicare Part B deductible each year when seeing the physician for the first time. For 2011, this deductible is $162 for the year. The savings for going with Plan G are often in the $150 to $300 per year range. This means that Plan G is often the best choice for value. Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans are all standardized, meaning that they are the same, exact, plans from company to company. The only difference is the amount of premium each company charges for the same coverages. Claims cannot be individually denied and are paid based on whether or not they were Medicare-approved claims. That is the only criteria.
Yes but the supplement won't pay anything then.
Your plan is required to make that determination for you based on actuarial analysis. Each year, that analysis needs to be completed by 9.30 for the next calendar year's plan.… If you are covered by your employer, your employer likely received a statement of creditable coverage from the plan.
Please explain your question more thoroughly if my answer does not suffice. I am unsure of what you mean by Medicare Carve Out Coverage. You can buy a Medicare Supplement at a…ny time once you have received your Medicare Part A and Part B. If you do not enroll within 6 months of your Part B effective date you would be subject to underwriting. You can not join a Medicare Supplement if you already have a Medicare Advantage Plan as this is not allowed by Centers for Medicare. You would be required to drop your Medicare Advantage Plan prior to the Medicare Supplement effective date. If you had coverage through an employer, you would not need Medicare Supplement coverage as your employer coverage would be primary and then Medicare would be secondary for your out-of-pocket costs covered by Medicare.
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I understand when Medicare is primary and when Medicare is secondary. What is the difference in coverage between a Medicare Supplement and Medicare as a secondary insurer?
If you have a Medicare Supplement then the provider will bill Original Medicare first. At that time Medicare will pay the allowable amount and then return an explanation of be…nefits stating the beneficiary's portion. Based on the Medicare Supplement Plan that is in place (A-N) the Medicare Supplement will pay a portion or all of the remaining amount due. If they pay only a portion based on the plan (A-N), then according the plan guidelines, the beneficiary would pay any outstanding amount at that time. If a Medicare beneficiary is covered on a employer or retiree group plan and due to the size of the plan, the group plan is primary, then the group plan benefits will apply first and any amounts due by the Beneficiary will be billed to Medicare second. If it is a Medicare covered service, then Medicare will pay the remaining amount due as the secondary payor up to the amount allowed by Medicare. If the service is not allowed by Medicare, than the beneficiary's co-insurance or co-payment under the group plan would be their responsibility.
Medicare supplements are private insurance plans.
ZERO! Don't confuse Medicare Advantage with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. It's like confusing the dog with it's terd.
Yes. It depends on what is covered in your Medicare plan. There are supplemental insurance programs, like MediGap and other additional options provided either by Medicare itse…lf, or by your own choice of providers. This answer is correct for the most part, but you don't HAVE to have a supplement when you have Medicare. It is up to you. Most people wouldn't go without a supplement. These nifty little plans can cover your deductibles and coinsurances that Medicare leaves for the patient. If your claim is high dollar, you could find yourself in trouble trying to figure out how to pay your portion of the bill. Also, Medicare itself doesn't offer any supplemental insurance. You have to shop for yourself and decide which sounds like it would help you the most. Part D supplemental coverage is for prescriptions. Medicare does not cover any prescriptions. You have to figure which drugs you are presently taking and then find a supplement that will cover most of those drugs. If your prescriptions radically change over the year, you may want to shop for a new Part D supplement when it's the time of year to add, delete or change your supplements or even purchase a Medicare Replacement Plan. Many, many choices.
Yes; by definition, Medicare supplemental insurance "supplements" Medicare A & B.
When a Medicare beneficiary has employer coverage Medicare is considered secondary and classifies the situation as?
Can an employer offer to pay Medicare and Medicare Supplement premiums of the Medicare eligible employees and dependents if the employee wants to move off of the employer sponsored group health plan?
The type of supplement plans that are offered by Medicare depend on the area in which you live. Even then they use vague plan names like "Plan A" or "Plan B". Each of these …services vary in how much Medicare will help pay for one's medication.