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Turning 65

Turning 65

Before turning 65, it’s crucial to understand Medicare and the steps necessary to enroll and choose the right plan for you. Here’s a simplified guide to help you navigate this essential milestone:

1. Mark Your Calendar:

  • Three Months Before Your 65th Birthday: Medicare enrollment begins. It’s time to dive into understanding your options. This period extends until three months after your birthday, but starting early is wise.

2. Understanding Medicare:

  • Original Medicare (Part A and Part B):
    • Part A: Covers hospital insurance, including inpatient care and some home health services.
    • Part B: Covers medical insurance like doctor visits and outpatient care.
  • Medicare Supplements (Medigap): These plans help cover some costs not paid by Original Medicare, like copayments and deductibles.
  • Medicare Advantage (Part C): An alternative to Original Medicare, these plans often include extra benefits like dental and vision.

3. Enrolling in Medicare Part B:

  • Automatic Enrollment: If you’re already receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, you’ll automatically get Part A and Part B starting the first day of the month you turn 65.
  • Manual Enrollment: If you’re not automatically enrolled, sign up through the Social Security Administration website or by visiting your local office.

4. Choosing Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage:

  • Original Medicare: Offers flexibility with any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare but might have higher out-of-pocket costs.
  • Medicare Advantage: Often includes additional benefits and might have lower out-of-pocket costs but usually with a more limited provider network.

5. Considering Medicare Supplement Plans:

  • If you choose Original Medicare, a supplement plan can help pay some of the remaining healthcare costs. Different plans offer varying levels of coverage.

6. Important Tips:

  • Review Annually: Your health needs may change, as do the details of Medicare plans. Review your coverage each year.
  • Beware of Penalties: If you don’t sign up for Part B when you’re first eligible, you might have to pay a late enrollment penalty.

7. We Are Here to Help:

  • At Preferred Insurance, we understand that navigating Medicare can be complex. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 844-329-1444 for personalized assistance and answers to all your questions.

Remember, turning 65 is a significant milestone, and understanding your Medicare options is crucial for ensuring you have the coverage you need. Start early, do your research, and don’t hesitate to seek help to make the most informed decisions for your health and well-being.

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