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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

To find Medicare tools and information, and compare the cost or benefits of 2013 Medicare drug & health plans in your area, Click Here.

Call 1-800 MEDICARE

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 cost.

 

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Senior Citizens to See Modest $5 Monthly Increase in Medicare Part B for 2013

The Part B deductible will also increase by $7; reactions positive but note increasing cost of healthcare for seniors

Nov. 16, 2012

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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, you’ll be getting more.

Note: This blog originally published Nov. 13, 2012.

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Links to More News About Early Enrollment for 2013

Medicare Extends Enrollment Period For Those Affected By Sandy

Can still enroll after the midnight Dec. 7 deadline if you call Medicare’s 24-hour information line, 1- 800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227)

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News Blog - Nov. 9, 2012

Medicare Hoping to Nudge Seniors Out of Drug, Health Plans with Low Ratings

First time Medicare officials have tried to steer beneficiaries away from some private drug and medical plans, while still allowing them to operate

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News - Nov. 7, 2012

Medicare Open Enrollment Season Opens For Advantage Health and Drug Plans

Seniors have been reluctant to change plans, even if there are cheaper or better-rated alternatives

By Susan Jaffe, Capsules -The KHN Blog - Oct. 15, 2012

Medicare Quality Ratings for 2013 Health, Drug Plans Added to Plan Finder

More four, five star plans than ever before for open enrollment – Oct. 15 – Dec. 7

Oct. 12, 2012

Seniors Citizens Overspend On Medicare Part D Drug Program: Health Affairs Study

Only 5.2 percent of Medicare recipients chose the most economic Part D plan available - Oct. 11, 2012

Seniors Must Shop to Avoid Big Hikes in Top Medicare Drug Plans: Avalere

Average increase may be moderate in 2013, but varies widely; 7 of top 10 plans have double digit premium jumps - Sept. 26, 2012

Medicare Enrollment to Open with Premiums Flat for Drug, Advantage Plans in 2013

Medicare Advantage Plans expected to continue growth – up 28% since Obamacare, cost down 10%; Enrollment opens Oct. 15 for 2013 plans - Sept. 20, 2012

HHS Touts Growth in Medicare Advantage Plans, Drop in Premiums Ahead of Hearing

GOP working on case that Obamacare cut MA plans, causing seniors to leave program; House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing Friday - Sept. 20, 2012

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Premiums to Remain Steady for Third Year

Annual enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2012. - Aug. 7, 2012

Couple of Things Seniors May Not Know About Social Security, Medicare

There are things women in particular should know about Social Security - Aug. 3, 2012

 

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