Get the basics of Medicare
It’s never too early to start learning about Medicare. It’s best to start with the basics of Medicare. You also might want to learn about:
- The different parts of Medicare
- Seven things to do before you enroll in Medicare
- Four reasons to buy a private health plan
The more you know before you start shopping plans, the better. That way you’re prepared to ask the right questions when you need to pick a plan.
Medicare plan considerations: budget, doctor visits and meds
Questions to consider
- How many times do I go to the doctor a year?
- Do I need to see a specialist?
- How many meds do I take?
At HealthPartners, we have many Medicare plans to choose from – and our Medicare Sales team is your partner throughout the consideration process. We’ll talk about your current health care needs, including how often you see a doctor or specialist, prescription drugs you’re taking and more.
Budget and planning for the year
For many people, budgeting is an important factor when choosing a plan. Budgeting can help you narrow down your plan options. We can help with this.
It’s important to remember that all our plans have the same type coverage. However, the amount you pay for things like prescription drugs and doctor visits changes depending on the type of plan you choose. Our ultimate goal is to help you find a plan that fits both your budget and health care needs.
Do I ever get the option to change Medicare plans?
Every year, you have the opportunity to evaluate and change your Medicare plan during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). AEP runs October 15 to December 7. During this time, you can either keep your current Medicare plan, look at other plans or talk with us to learn about other options.
You can also change plans during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment period. This runs every year from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31. It’s a one-time opportunity for Medicare Advantage enrollees to change their coverage.
I’m ready to talk
Have questions? Our Medicare Sales team is ready to get you answers. You can call us at 800-247-7015. TTY is 711. Or, you can email us.
If you prefer, you can attend a community meeting to get more information and ask your questions in a group setting.
Last updated October 2019
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