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Medicare Enrollment in the Age of COVID-19

Life goes on, even during this period (and who knows how long it will last?) of social distancing and work-from-home brought on by the now-infamous coronavirus. Those of us born in 1955 are still going to turn 65 this year, coronavirus or not! What to do about it? What has changed, what is new?

Julie Carter recently wrote an enlightening article explaining how those eligible to enroll can do so either by online application, via phone (1-800-772-1213 from 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday), or through the mail. Planning is essential, as it may take the SSA up to 21 days to process a Medicare application.

Medicare Part B. The article also mentions: “People applying for Medicare Part B due to a loss of employment or group health coverage will also need to complete form CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information). Currently, some beneficiaries are experiencing difficulties gathering this paperwork. SSA seems to recognize these challenges, but clarity is needed on how the agency plans to alleviate this administrative burden during the emergency period.”

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an FAQ page to answer Coronavirus questions. Read the entire article here »

Feeling Brilliant

I love Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment time. It makes me feel smart. Brilliant actually. People ask me Medicare questions, and I know the answers! It’s my job, but it’s also my passion and all of us at the MedicarePlan Store take the responsibility of having those answers seriously.

Starting October 15, 2017 and ending December 7, 2017, the 2018 Medicare open enrollment period is a great time for you to ask us questions. Because we love what we do, and because we care about our customers, we stay informed so you can have straightforward, easy-to-understand answers.

You may have noticed an increase in Medicare supplemental plan mail—from your current provider and from other providers who serve our State and counties. If you do nothing (and you certainly can!) your current plan rolls over into 2018. While doing nothing sounds refreshingly easy, doing nothing could cost you plenty in out of pocket medical expenses in 2018 if anything about your health or your medications changed in 2017, or you think it might change in 2018. Expect to hear from us soon to schedule a plan review. If you want to be proactive, call us today to schedule your review: (513) 451-8131. Today we’re feeling particularly brilliant!

Everyone Can Change Their Mind

Who says changing your mind is for women only? Between October 15 and December 7, 2015, anyone on Medicare (even the guys!) can change their mind about their health and prescription drug plans for 2016.

If you have original Medicare on the federal government plan, we can help you weigh the benefits of staying with original Medicare and a supplement plan or moving to a Medicare Advantage plan from a private insurance company that provides Medicare benefits.

If you have private insurance through a Medicare Advantage Plan, we can help you compare costs and benefits from the top companies operating in Ohio.

The Medicare Plan Store exists for the sole reason to educate and help people like you to simplify the process of choosing plans that are a good match for the uniqueness that is you.

We are licensed insurance sales agents in Ohio and also offer supplemental dental plans from Dental Care Plus Group, and Part D prescription drugs plans.

Contact our office now to set up an appointment for open enrollment time—the time when everyone has the opportunity to change their mind!

Open Enrollment Marathon!

running Shoes

If asked to describe Open Enrollment for Medicare time between October 15 and December 7, my descriptive words might include roller coaster, rocket ship, and running shoes. While other folks are thinking about goblins and ghosts and pumpkin patches, I’m bidding farewell to family and friends, canceling anything that even resembles rest or entertainment, putting on my Medicare hat and most comfortable shoes, and heading off to help 65-plusers claw their way through the nightmare we all call the annual “changes to Medicare.”

For 2014 you can expect only minor changes in Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. In fact, the doughnut hole — the coverage gap in which you pay out-of-pocket for drugs — continues to shrink for both brand name (bigger discounts) and generic (higher federal subsidy) drugs.

Don’t let minor changes in Premium costs fool you into complacency though. Premiums are similar to 2013, but you may see higher co-payments, smaller pharmacy networks, and changes in drug tiers that could boost your out-of-pocket costs. We can help you quickly determine which available plans in our area cover your prescriptions so you make the best possible choices for 2014.

Oh, and in addition to United Healthcare, we now offer Humana and Aetna Medicare plans. Remember that our running shoes stayed glued to our feet until the close of business on December 7. Call us at 513-451-8131 or drop in to the Store. Here’s a map.


Wish to get in touch? We’d love to work with you.

The Medicare Plan Store
5643 Cheviot Road, Suite 3
Cincinnati, OH 45247

(513) 451-8131

Fax: (513) 451-0094

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