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Bedford Medicare Supplements

Medicare Supplements Made Easy

Bedford Medicare Supplements

Welcome! We Know Medicare is Confusing! Let Us Help! Ashford Insurance is an independent insurance agency specializing in the Medicare market. As an independent agency, we have the freedom to offer any Supplement or Medicare Prescription Drug product from any company. After reviewing all of your doctors and prescriptions, we can give you a true and unbiased opinion.

Bedford Texas Medicare Supplements are standardized by the Federal Government. They are labeled A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each standardized Medigap policy must offer the same basic benefits no matter which insurance company sells it. Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different insurance companies. Plan A pays the Medicare hospital and physician coinsurance, the first three pints of blood, and 365 days of hospitalization beyond Medicare. Plans B through N provide these benefits and add more benefits such as coverage for Medicare deductibles, excess charges and limited preventive care, and foreign travel. You can only have one Medsup plan. No one should try to sell you an additional Medsup plan unless you decide you need to switch policies. Note: Medicare Plan F is no longer available to those who are eligible for Medicare after January 1, 2020.

Depending on the Medicare supplement plan you choose, the plan may provide a benefit for (Benefits and cost vary depending on the plan you choose.):

  • Part A coinsurance (and most plans provide a benefit for the Part A deductible)
  • Some of the out-of-pocket costs not paid by Part B (some plans also cover the Part B deductible)
  • Cost of blood transfusions (first 3 pints)
  • Cost of up to 365 extra hospital days after you’ve used up your Part A benefits
  • Skilled nursing facility coinsurance or copayment
  • Part A hospice/respite care coinsurance or copayment

You pay a monthly premium and some out-of-pocket costs.

Open Enrollment for Texas Medicare Supplement Insurance is at age 65 for all consumers, including those already receiving Medicare due to disability. The Open Enrollment period is a six-month period. For six months beginning when you are both age 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B, companies must sell you any Medicare supplement plan they offer. After this limited open enrollment period, companies can pick and choose whom they will cover and how much they will charge based on your health. If you have an individual or “bank group” insurance policy, becoming Medicare eligible does not require you to cancel it and purchase a Medicare supplement. Doing so may save premium costs but it is important to compare the benefits before deciding which will work best.

If you are eligible for employer retirement insurance, review the plan carefully to understand what benefits are available and how it works with Medicare. Be aware that employer plans are not standardized and are not subject to the requirements governing standardized Medicare supplement policies. Also, it is important to remember, if you leave an employer plan you may not be able to go back on it.

Some Texas residents are eligible to enroll in approved Part C Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are offered by private insurance companies. Each year Medicare Advantage companies decide where they will offer their plans, what benefits will be offered, and what the premiums will be. Several include vision, dental, hearing, and wellness programs not covered by original Medicare. As noted earlier many Medicare Advantage Plans also offer prescription drug coverage. There are several Medicare Advantage plans available in Dallas, Tarrant, and surrounding counties. Depending on plan choice, a member may be responsible for paying co-payments for certain covered services. Most importantly, with Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage, and stand-alone Part D Prescription Drug Plans, you must continue to pay your Part A (if any) and part B Medicare premiums.

As of January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to new people with Medicare aren’t allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F are not available to people new to Medicare starting on January 1, 2020.