Are you turning 65 within the next year? If so, you might find the subject of Medicare to be overwhelming and confusing! We have developed this timeline to help make things a little less complicated!
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Consider Long-Term Care Insurance (especially if you are a Woman):
A private long-term care insurance policy can help pay for long-term home care or residence in an Assisted Living facility or Nursing Home – things that Medicare doesn't cover. If you haven’t bought long-term care insurance but think you might be interested – now, when you are in your mid 60’s – is the last age at which buying a new policy is affordable for most people.
Women live longer than men and women also spend twice as many years in a disabled state as men. If you’re living by yourself, who will take care of you and how will you pay for it? It’s important to make a plan before you need it. Your family should know your wishes now so that, if the times comes, they know who should care for you and how to pay for it.
If you are a man, consider a Cancer Insurance Policy:
Half of men (1 in 2) have a lifetime risk of getting some form of cancer. Two-thirds of cancer related costs are not covered by Medicare. Cancer Insurance pays you a lump sum to cover these out-of-pocket expenses.
Get Your Legal Documents in Order:
Although most 65-year olds still have many years to live, a sudden illness or accident could make decision making difficult if not impossible. Getting legal documents in order can make sure your wishes are followed with regard to health care, including end of life care, your on-going finances and your estate. These documents include, a will, a power of attorney for finances and an advance medical directive (living will).
Take a look at Final Expense Insurance:
If you don’t have a funeral plan, your family should know what your wishes are to avoid conflict and stress. Insurance premiums are lower when you are younger and healthier, so it’s not a good idea to wait much longer. 10 FAQs: Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care
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What are the Costs of Medicare?:
Read about Medigap coverage:
What is Medigap: https://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/medigap/whats-medigap.html
Consider a Medicare Advantage Plan as an Alternative to Original Medicare:
Medicare Advantage offers cheap premiums for a few tradeoffs; limited medical networks, high deductibles, and co-pays and difficulty switching to Medigap.
While Medicare Advantage can work for some, especially those in really large cities, it’s often not the best choice for most people.
But, weigh your options and check to see if your healthcare providers are in network.
Understand your Enrollment Options:
Enroll in Part A during your IEP. You should also enroll in Part B unless you are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Some people automatically get Part A & B, Find out if you’ll get Part A & B automatically. If you are automatically enrolled, you will get your red, white and blue Medicare card 3 months before your 65th birthday.
Click here for instructions on applying: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10531.pdf
For information on what documents are needed, see this checklist: https://www.ssa.gov/hlp/isba/10/isba-checklist.pdf
Questions to Ask: