Medicare Open Enrollment: More is Better, Says
Official on Medicare Blog
Original Medicare benefits stronger, greater value;
Medicare Advantage plans often offer extras like vision, hearing,
dental, drug plans, etc.
Medicare 2013 Open Enrollment
Oct. 15 thru Dec. 7
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By Jonathan Blum, Acting Principal Deputy
Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare
Nov. 17, 2012 - In this season of Open Enrollment,
people with Medicare have the opportunity to choose the Medicare plan
that best serves their unique health needs and provides them with the
greatest value. In determining the value of a plan choice, you should
look not only at premiums and cost-sharing but also at what benefits and
quality of care that money will buy.
This year, I am proud to say that while costs, by
and large, have remained relatively stable, the benefits that people
with Medicare will get for their premiums continues to grow.
For those choosing Original Medicare, the benefit
package continues to grow stronger and provide greater value. For
example, EVERYONE with Medicare has access to a variety of preventive
services and screenings, most at no cost to them when furnished by
qualified and participating health care professionals. This includes
things like diabetes and cancer screenings, and a yearly wellness
visit. During the first 9 months of this year, over 20 million people
with Original Medicare received at least one preventive service at no
Beneficiaries may also explore their options beyond
Original Medicare, as virtually all people with Medicare have access to
Medicare Advantage Plans in 2013, and many of these plans offer extra
benefits beyond the comprehensive package offered by Original Medicare.
Medicare Advantage Plans may offer vision, hearing, or dental coverage,
or extend coverage while you travel. And most Medicare Advantage Plans
also include prescription drug coverage.
Use this time to decide what benefits are most
important in helping you meet your unique health care needs. Use the
Medicare Plan Finder to look at all of the health and drug plan options
in your area for what will provide you with the greatest value. If you
still need help comparing, call 1 800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY
users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Only you know what extra benefits and services are
most important for you. Just know that no matter how you choose to get
your Medicare benefits, youll be getting more.
Note: This blog originally published Nov. 13, 2012.
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