Medicare in Grapevine, TX and Location Around the U.S.
Enrolling in Medicare is an important part of turning 65, whether you plan to continue working or are approaching retirement. Several Medicare parts work together to help cover your future healthcare costs. Understanding your Medicare coverage so you make decisions about which optional coverages may help meet your healthcare needs is crucial.
Contact Insurance Solutions USA in Grapevine, Texas, today to learn more about your Medicare options.
What Is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 or older, people with certain disabilities and those with end-stage renal disease.
Original Medicare Coverage
There are several parts to Original Medicare.
Part A, also known as hospital insurance, helps cover costs related to a hospital stay, including:
- Hospice care
- Inpatient hospital care
- Home healthcare
- Skilled nursing care for inpatients at a skilled nursing facility
- Inpatient nonmedical and nonreligious care under certain circumstances
Part B, also known as medical insurance, helps cover the costs of certain types of care, including:
- Outpatient care
- Doctor services
- Home health service
- Durable medical equipment
- Mental health services
Optional Medicare Coverage
Some Medicare parts are optional. Part C (Medicare Advantage) packages Medicare coverage to provide services similar to Parts A and B. You must enroll in Parts A and B to choose Part C coverage.
You may also receive Part D prescription drug coverage depending on your plan’s covered services. Part D provides prescription drug coverage and is available through Medicare-approved private organizations.
Medigap provides an alternative to Original Medicare (Parts A and B), but this coverage is not provided by the federal government. If you choose Medigap coverage, you’ll work with a private insurance company.
Medigap plans are standardized, and you can choose from 10 different plans covering various combinations of healthcare benefits. Before choosing a Medigap plan, you must have Part A and B coverage. Medigap plans may help pay Part A and B deductibles, co-insurance and other out-of-pocket healthcare costs not covered by Original Medicare.
When to Sign Up for Medicare
Your open enrollment window for Medicare begins three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months after that month.
You must sign up for Part A during your enrollment window to avoid late enrollment penalties. You may choose to delay signing up for Part B if you currently have healthcare coverage through your employer, but talk to your agent to ensure that delaying Part B is the right choice for your situation.
How to Choose the Right Medicare Plan
Signing up for Medicare to get the healthcare coverage you need can seem overwhelming. Contact the Medicare experts at Insurance Solutions USA today to learn more about your Medicare options in Texas and get a quote.