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2021 Medicare Co-Pays and Deductibles

Listed at the following link are basic costs for people with Medicare. If you want to see and compare costs for specific health care plans, visit the Medicare Plan Finder.

https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/medicare-costs-at-a-glance 

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Understanding Medicare definitions

When a person first becomes eligible for Medicare, it can be challenging to make sense of the information while navigating healthcare options.

This A–Z article defines the most important Medicare terms relating to costs and expenses, as well as some terms that pertain to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans (PDPs).

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Time's running out - Open Enrollment ends Dec 7

Find a plan: https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/#/?lang=en&year=2021

https://www.medicare.gov/

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Medicare - Deductibles an Co-Pays

The following link is usually updaetd annually, but it includes all 2020 co-pays and deductibles. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page and open specific links to see co-pays for certain services: https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/medicare-costs-at-a-glance 

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How to compare Medicare Supplement Policies

Medicare.gov has a page telling you which Medicare Supplement standardized plans offer which benefits. That page is located at https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/how-to-compare-medigap-policies.

A note on that page states: "As of January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to new people with Medicare aren't allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F are not available to people new to Medicare starting on January 1, 2020. If you already have either of these 2 plans (or the high deductible version of Plan F) or are covered by one of these plans before January 1, 2020, you’ll be able to keep your plan. If you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, but not yet enrolled, you may be able to buy one of these plan." In 2020, the Part B deductible is $198. 

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If I have Medicare and other health coverage, who pays first?

This issue comes up when an individual is eligible for Medicare, but also has other coverage. It's known as "coordination of benefits." The answer is, it depends on the type of coverage you have.

For example, if you have Medicare and Medicaid, then Medicare always pays first. Medicaid would only pay the amount remaining after Medicare pays for it's share.

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Can I have Medicare and a Marketplace policy?

Generally, no. It's illegal to sell you a marketplace policy if you have Medicare. Section 1882(d) of the Social Security Act makes it illegal to knowingly sell duplicate coverage to a Medicare beneficiary.

If you already have a marketplace policy before you sign up for Medicare, then you can keep your marketplace policy. However, any tax credits you were receiving will end when your Medicare Part A coverage begins. That means you'll have to pay the full price for your marketplace plan.

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What does Medicare cover?

Does Medicare pay for all of my health care?

No. Medicare only pays for covered goods and services. In fact, there are many co-pays and deductibles. The 2016 co-pays are at the following link: https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/costs-at-a-glance/costs-at-glance.html. The 2017 numbers have not been finalized yet, but when they are, they should be posted at the same link. Most individuals who purchase a Medicare Supplement will have the co-pays and deductibles covered by the supplement. You can learn more about Medicare Supplements at https://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/medigap/whats-medigap.html 

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When can I enroll in Medicare?

When can you get Medicare? You can sign up for Medicare during the initial enrollment period, which begins 3 months before the month you turn 65, continues through the month you turn 65 and for an additional three months thereafter. In other words, the initial open enrollment period is 7 months. If you do not enroll in Medicare during the initial enrollment period, then you must wait for a special enrollment period, or for the annual open enrollment period. Special enrollment period includes time while you’re covered by an employer provided health insurance policy, or during the 8 month period after employment ends or after employer provided health coverage ends. The annual open enrollment period is from January 1, through March 31, with coverage beginning on July 1.

https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/get-parts-a-and-b/when-sign-up-parts-a-and-b/when-sign-up-parts-a-and-b.html

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Medicare Covered Home Health Services

Medicare Home health services

How often is it covered?

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