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Medicare Advantage HMO-POS

Medicare Advantage Made Easy

Ashford Insurance offers  Medicare Advantage HMO-POS Plans (Part C of Medicare) from UnitedHealthcare® Medicare Solutions.

Medicare Advantage plans, often called Medicare Part C, combine Medicare Parts A & B (Original Medicare) into one plan. However, instead of receiving the benefits of Parts A & B through Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans are offered through private insurers, like UnitedHealthcare®, that are approved by Medicare.

You can get your Texas Medicare benefits through Original Medicare, or you can choose a Medicare Advantage Plan. With Original Medicare, the government pays for your Medicare benefits when you get them. Medicare Advantage Plans, (Part C of Medicare) are offered by private companies that have been approved by Medicare. Medicare pays these companies to administer your Medicare benefits.

If you join a Texas Medicare Advantage Plan, the plan will provide all of your Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) coverage. They are completely different than a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy.

One type of Texas Medicare Advantage is HMO-POS:

HMO-POS stands for Health Maintenance Organization- Point Of Service.

An HMO-POS plan has features of an HMO plan. One is a defined list of providers, often referred to as a network, that members must use for care and services. The plan may require the member to have a primary physician who coordinates care and there may be prior authorization requirements.

However, there is one big difference. An HMO-POS plan allows members to use healthcare providers that are outside the plan’s network for some or all services. For example, one HMO-POS plan will cover out-of-network hospitalization but not mental health care. In most cases, a referral from the primary physician is required and authorization may be necessary. The plan has separate deductibles and out-of-pocket limits for in- and out-of-network services.

The member will pay more for out-of-network services and the plan may limit use. However, this option provides an element of flexibility not available with an HMO plan.

 

To be eligible to enroll in a Texas Medicare Advantage plan you must have both Medicare Parts A and B and live in the plan’s service area. People with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure) generally cannot enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan.

You must continue to pay your Part B premium and generally pay one monthly premium for the services included in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Each Medicare Advantage Plan has different premiums and costs for services, so it’s important to compare plans in your area and understand plan costs and benefits before you join. Some may have a $0 premium.

Texas Medicare Advantage Plans have to cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers except for hospice care. Original Medicare will cover hospice care even if you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan. In all types of Medicare Advantage Plans, you will always be covered for emergency and urgent care. Medicare Advantage Plans must offer emergency coverage outside of the plan’s service area (but not outside the U.S.). Many Medicare Advantage Plans also offer extra benefits such as dental care, eyeglasses, or wellness programs.

Most Medicare Advantage Plans include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay one monthly premium for both the plan’s medical and prescription drug coverage.

Remember, plan benefits can change from year to year. Make sure you understand how a plan works before you join.

Ashford Insurance also offers Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.

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Sarah began working in the healthcare industry in 2001, where she worked for many years with elderly Alzheimer and Dementia patients. From there she worked as a Group Benefits Administrator with a local healthcare company in the Human Resource Department for a period of 10 years. Since then, she has decided to work in the Medicare insurance industry full time and has joined the family business, Ashford Insurance, as a Medicare Insurance Agent.