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The Most Important Fact To Know About Medicare

As you go through the process of learning about your Medicare options and eventually choosing the right Medicare plan for you, you will be bombarded with junk mail, unwanted phone calls and even knocks on your door trying to steer you into a Medicare plan.

Most of the information comes from insurance carriers wanting you to enroll in their plans or insurance agents trying to convince you to enroll in the only plan they sell.

Unfortunately, none of this communication tells you the single most important thing you need to know when choosing a Medicare plan.

This single most important thing to know about Medicare is – If you do not enroll in a Medicare Supplement when you first go on Medicare Part B – or within the first six months of your Medicare Part B effective date – you may never again be eligible for a Medicare Supplement.

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Charles Bradshaw

The reason for this is that after six months, Medicare Supplement carriers can ask health questions and many conditions that you may have now – or may develop in the future – may make you ineligible.

This means that if you enroll in a private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plan – or Medicare Replacement plan – such as Humana Gold Plus you may be permanently losing the most important Medicare benefits you have earned through your lifetime of hard work. The benefit you could be losing is the opportunity to have regular Medicare combined with a Medicare Supplement that will pay all or almost all of your health care costs the rest of your life regardless of your health.

With a Medicare Supplement, you eliminate the risk of having to pay thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in unplanned costs if you get sick.

As we get older, knowing that all of our health care costs are covered in one simple monthly premium is a comforting benefit for us and our families. Don’t give away this peace of mind by choosing a private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plan that makes you pay thousands or tens of thousands of dollars when you become sick and then makes you ineligible for the plan you needed in the first place.

At Medicare Answer Center we appreciate the privilege of assisting you with learning about your Medicare options so you can make the right permanent Medicare decision.

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

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I look forward to talking with you soon.

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

Enrolling In Medicare Online

In today’s internet-savvy world many people prefer to make their own decisions about Medicare without feeling pressured by someone on the phone or even a stranger sitting at their kitchen table.

The good news is you can do just that with all four major parts of Medicare – Medicare Parts A and B, your Medicare Supplement and your Medicare Part D Drug Plan.

To enroll in Medicare Parts A and B – or Medicare Part A only – all you need to do is go to www.socialsecurity.gov.

You can click on the following link to get detailed instructions on how to enroll

Click here for instructions for enrolling in Medicare online

As a reminder, if you are collecting Social Security four months prior to the month in which you turn 65, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and will only need to enroll in a Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D Drug Plan.

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Charles Bradshaw

In this case your Medicare will begin the 1st day of the month you turn 65 unless your birthday is actually on the 1st of the month. If your birthday is on the 1st of the month your Medicare will actually begin the 1st day of the previous month.

To enroll in your Medicare Supplement, simply click the following link to enroll in a Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Supplement

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

I recommend a Plan G Medicare Supplement.

In most states you can enroll in your Medicare Supplement up to six months before the 1st day of the month in which you turn 65. Of course, your coverage will not take effect until your Medicare A and B takes effect.

Finally, you can enroll in your Medicare Part D Drug Plan by visiting Medicare’s PlanFinder Tool at the following link

Click here for Medicare’s PlanFinder Tool

Medicare’s PlanFinder tool allows you to enter your medications along with your preferred pharmacy and then shows you which Medicare Part D Drug Plan in your area will provide your medications at the lowest overall cost including monthly premium, annual deductible (if any) and co-pays for your medications.

You can then enroll in the Medicare Part D Drug Plan your choose directly from the website.

You can change your Medicare Part D drug plan every year during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period from October 15 through December 7.

You can learn any information you need about Medicare and get answers to your Medicare questions at MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

Of course, we are always available to assist you with any part of the Medicare enrollment process as well as answer any questions you may have.

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

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You can also call me at 888-549-1110 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

Medicare’s Enrollment Timeline

It is important when you are approaching the age at which you are eligible to fully understand Medicare’s enrollment timelines.

There are two primary parts of Medicare – Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

Medicare Part A covers you if you go into the hospital as an in-patient or if you go into a Skilled Nursing Facility for rehabilitation.

Medicare Part B covers you for almost all other health services such as doctor visits, outpatient surgery and services, Emergency room care, x-rays, laboratory work, physical therapy, sophisticated diagnostic testing such as MRIs and some medications if they are administered in a medical facility.

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Charles H. Bradshaw

When you become eligible for Medicare you can enroll in Medicare Part A only or Medicare Part A and B.

Medicare Part A and B together generally cover approximately 80 percent of your health care costs.

In most situations you become eligible for Medicare the 1st day of the month in which you turn 65.

As an example, if your birthday is November 25, 1953, your eligibility for Medicare begins November 1, 2018.

An exception to this rule is if your birthday is on the 1st day of the month. In this case, your eligibility for Medicare starts on the 1st day of the previous month.

For example, if your birthday is February 1, 1954, your eligibility for Medicare starts on January 1, 2019.

If you are collecting Social Security four months before your effective date, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B to take effect on your eligibility date.

In this case, if you are collecting Social Security you will receive your Medicare card in the mail around three and a half months before your eligibility date. If your eligibility date is January 1, 2019, your card will arrive in your mailbox around September 10, 2018.

Your card will be in a 4 X 6 white envelope with a return address of the U.S. Department of Human Services. Because you receive so much junk mail about Medicare many people do not realize this piece of mail is important and they throw it away.

If you do accidentally throw your Medicare card away, you can get a replacement by registering for an online account at www.medicare.gov.

If you are not collecting Social Security four months before your eligibility date, you can enroll online for either Medicare Part A or both Medicare Part A and B at www.socialsecurity.gov.

For details on how to enroll in Medicare online, please click on the following link

Enrolling in Medicare online

If you have credible health insurance through an employer, you can choose to delay Medicare Part B without penalty until the time you leave that coverage.

In this situation, you should enroll in Medicare Part A only unless you are contributing to a Health Savings Account. Once you enroll in Medicare Part A you are no longer eligible to contribute to an HSA.

If you do have coverage through an employer, you have the option of either staying on the coverage or leaving that coverage and going on full Medicare. You should compare your monthly premiums and potential out-of-pocket costs with your employer coverage to your costs with Medicare.

Please click the following link to learn more about comparing your employer coverage to your Medicare options.

Employer coverage versus full Medicare 

When you start full Medicare – Medicare A and B – you will need a Medicare Supplement to pay your 20 percent share of Medicare and a Medicare Part D drug plan to help you pay for any medications you currently take or may be prescribed in the future.

I would appreciate the chance to help you understand your Medicare options so you can choose the right Medicare plan for you both now and in the future.

Simply click on the link below to schedule a free, no-obligation Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

You can also call me at 888-549-1110 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Click here to receive and instant, online quote for a Plan G Medicare Supplement from Mutual of Omaha

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

Charles Bradshaw is the President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com

Choose the Medicare Supplement Company …Not the Initial Price

Almost every day I receive a request from someone who is about to go on Medicare to provide them with Medicare Supplement quotes for their area.

While I am happy to do this, I always feel the quotes I am providing to them are misleading.

The reason for this is there is virtually no relationship between the monthly premium you pay for a Medicare Supplement at age 65 compared to other carriers and what you will pay over the course of your lifetime.

In many situations, the Medicare Supplement carrier with the lowest premium at age 65 will cost much more than other carriers both in the near future and the rest of your life.

2017-08-09 Charles Bradshaw
Charles Bradshaw

Many Medicare Supplement carriers have a business strategy of enticing enrollees with artificially low premiums at age 65. Later, when many policyholders can not change their carrier due to health reasons, these carriers increase their prices to higher levels than other carriers.

The reason they do this because once someone has been on Medicare Part B longer than six months, they must disclose any health conditions they have to enroll in a new Medicare Supplement. Medicare Supplement carriers at that time can and will decline applicants who have existing health conditions that are likely to present the carrier with above-average costs.

There is one rule you should follow when choosing a carrier for your Medicare Supplement: Choose the carrier not the price!

Here are some qualities to seek in choosing a Medicare Supplement carrier:

1) Choose a carrier who has been providing Medicare Supplements for at least 10 years. Any carrier who has been in business shorter than this amount of time is likely to have a policyholder base weighted toward people who are new to Medicare and who will have sharp increases in health care costs as they get older. In this case the carrier will have to sharply increase their premiums to pay to higher claims cost.

2) Choose a carrier who allows independent agents who also represent other carriers to represent them. Carriers whose business strategy is to entice people new to Medicare with artificially low first-year premiums only to increase them later do not want agents who can offer other products. Agents want to avoid the dissatisfaction these carriers generate 4 or 5 years later when the premiums skyrocket. Agents will therefore recommend other carriers.

3) Choose a carrier whose name is familiar. A carrier whose name is unfamiliar is more likely to be trying to generate many enrollments with artificially low premiums and then sharply increase the premiums for the people it has trapped. Such a carrier may then change its name to confuse potential enrollees and not be associated with its price hikes on existing customers.

4) Choose a carrier with at least 500,000 Medicare Supplements policyholders. Such a carrier has proven it plans to offer Medicare Supplements on a permanent basis and it not relying on short-term pricing gimmicks to generate exorbitant profits at the expense of its policyholders.

We would appreciate the chance to help you understand your Medicare options so you can choose the right Medicare plan for you both now and in the future.

Simply click on the link below to schedule a free, no-obligation Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

You can also call me at 888-549-1110 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Click here to receive and instant, online quote for a Plan G Medicare Supplement from Mutual of Omaha

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

Charles Bradshaw is the President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com

The Medicare Musical Chairs Trap

I received a call from Bruce in Ohio last week.

Bruce is 69 years old and was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation two years ago. He has only had two episodes of an irregular heart beat and feels he has the condition well-managed with a medication called Xarelto.

The reason Bruce was calling was the Medicare Supplement he had chosen when he turned 65 had increased its premium nearly 50 percent in four years.

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Charles Bradshaw

Unfortunately, Bruce was now unable to leave this plan for a less-expensive Medicare Supplement because the Atrial Fibrillation caused him to be declined when he applied for a different Medicare Supplement.

When I asked him who was the carrier for his existing Supplement, he said the name of a carrier I had never heard. He said someone had called him four years ago and said it was a new Medicare Supplement and had the lowest premium in his area.

Bruce had fallen into what I call the Medicare Musical Chairs Trap.

A Medicare Supplement carrier that may be the cheapest at age 65 may be much more expensive than other carriers just a few years later.

Here’s the biggest problem…when a Medicare Supplement’s premiums go up much more than is normal, healthy people can shop around and leave for a lower priced Medicare Supplement. However, people with health issues usually can not switch.

This means that a Medicare Supplement that was the least expensive just a few years earlier is now much more expensive and now has an overall less healthy pool of policyholders. This will cause the premiums to increase at an even higher rate in the future.

It is like the Musical Chairs game we all played years ago. When you develop a health issue, you may lose the ability to shop around for the lowest premium for a Medicare Supplement. The music figuratively stops and you are stuck where you are without a chair.

This can require you to spend hundreds of dollars a year more every year for your Medicare Supplement than you would with a more established Medicare Supplement carrier.

You can avoid the Medicare Musical Chairs trap by choosing a Medicare Supplement carrier who had provided policies in your area for at least 10 years and is highly-rated for financial strength.

In most states, I recommend Medicare Supplement carriers such as Mutual of Omaha. Mutual of Omaha has been providing Medicare Supplements since since 1966 when Medicare started, They have more than one million policyholders and are rated A+ for financial strength.

Other carriers you can trust to have stable premiums long term include AARP and BlueCross Blue Shield/Anthem.

I am happy to assist you in evaluating your Medicare Supplement options.

Simply click on the link below to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute appointment with me.

Also, if you know someone who has a Medicare Supplement that has increased its premium more than 5 percent per year please forward this email to them so they can understand why they may want to upgrade to a more stable carrier.

Simply click on the link below to schedule a free, no-obligation Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

You can also call me at 888-549-1110 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

Charles Bradshaw is the President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com