With so many different types of Medicare plans available, you could easily lose track of which plan (or plans) you have. So how do you quickly find out what type of Medicare plan you have?
This guide details how to check your Medicare enrollment status and how to find out what other Medicare coverage options you may have, such as Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug coverage.
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You can quickly find out what Medicare coverage you have (Part A hospital insurance and/or Part B medical insurance) by checking your enrollment status online.
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Check your Medicare enrollment by following these three easy steps:
If you just recently enrolled, it may not be immediately reflected online. You may contact the plan provider directly to confirm your enrollment or check online again at a later date to see if your enrollment status has been updated.
If you are enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, your Medicare card should detail what Medicare coverage you have, as seen below.
It’s a good idea to review your Medicare coverage every year to make sure the benefits of your Medicare plan remain aligned with your health care needs. There are four types of Medicare coverage that are called “parts of Medicare,” as well as another type of insurance called Medicare Supplement Insurance.
The basics of each type of Medicare plan is as follows:
An annual review of your Medicare coverage can help you determine if your plan combination is right for your needs.
For example, if you’re spending a considerable amount of money on prescription drugs, a Medicare Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage may be something to consider.
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Or you can visit MyRxPlans.com to compare Part D prescription drug plans and enroll in a plan online in as little as 10 minutes.1
One especially useful time to review your Medicare coverage is during the fall Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP.
The Medicare AEP lasts from October 15 to December 7 every year. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries may do any of the following:
Outside of AEP, your opportunities to make changes to your Medicare plan can be limited.
Another time you may be able to change your Medicare plan include:
Did you know that you could potentially find a Medicare Advantage plan with $0 premiums, $0 deductibles and an annual out-of-pocket spending max?
$0 premium plans may not be available in all locations, so it may be helpful to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can help you compare plans where you live.
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Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.
Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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