Medicare 101 PowerPoint

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Who Qualifies for Medicare?
Citizen or U.S. resident and –
• Age 65 and older, or
• Under age 65 and disabled*, or
• Living with end-stage renal
disease (ESRD)
*Permanently disabled for 24 months or longer.
Medicare Election Periods
• Initial Enrollment Period (IEP):
3 months before, the month of, and 3 months after your 65th birth month
• Annual Enrollment Period (AEP):
October 15–December 7
• Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP):
January 1–February 14
• Special Election Period (SEP):
Example: Loss of employer coverage or moving to new service area
Late Enrollment Penalties
• Part B Penalty:
If you don’t enroll in Part B when you are first eligible, you may have to pay
a penalty to get it later. The penalty is an additional 10% of the Part B
premium for every 12-month period that you delay enrollment. In most
cases, you will have to pay the penalty every month for as long as you have
Part B.
• Part D Penalty:
If you sign up for Medicare Part D after your Initial Enrollment Period, you
may be required to pay an additional 1% of the average monthly premium
each month, for as long as you are enrolled in a Part D plan.
Know Your A, B, Cs and D
Part A & Part B
Original Medicare
Know Your A, B, Cs and D
Part A - Hospital Insurance
• Part A covers:
 Inpatient hospital care
• Part A is free for most people
 Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
• There is a $1,260 Part A deductible
per benefit period
 Home health care
• After 60 days in the hospital, you pay:
 Hospice care
• Part A does not cover:
 Physician services or diagnostic
tests in the hospital
 Personal care items
 Private rooms
 Custodial care
 $315 per day copay for 61-90 days
 $630 per day copay for 91-150 days
 After day 150, you pay all hospital costs
Know Your A, B, Cs and D
Part B - Medical Insurance
• Part B is optional coverage
• There is a $104.90 standard per month premium
• There is a $147 annual deductible
• Original Medicare covers 80% of most Part B costs,
leaving you to pay the other 20% for services, like:
 Most physician services
 Home health care
 Outpatient therapies
 Durable medical equipment
• Delaying retirement at age 65?
 You can decline Part B
 No penalty if you enroll within 8 months
of retirement and have a creditable drug
coverage plan
Know Your A, B, Cs and D
Part C - Medicare Advantage Plans
• Medicare Advantage Plans are
offered by private companies
• Cover some of the costs not covered
by Medicare
• Often include extras like fitness and
wellness programs
• Many also offer Part D prescription
drug coverage
• Types of Medicare Advantage Plans:
 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
HMOs typically require you to access care from network
providers and hospitals, except for an emergency
 HMO with Point of Service (HMO-POS)
Like an HMO, you select a primary care provider from the
plan’s network, but you have the ability to see doctors
outside the network, usually at a higher cost
 Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
PPO plans allow you to access care from in and
out of network providers, usually for a higher cost
 Special Needs Plans (SNP)
SNPs are for people with chronic illnesses, older adults
with limited incomes, and those living in nursing homes.
Know Your A, B, Cs and D
Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage
• Voluntary program
• Run by private companies
• You pay a monthly premium
• You pay a portion of the drug cost
• Plan designs must be equal to or better than
standard Medicare benefit designed by CMS
• Coverage varies from plan to plan
*VA and Part D benefits not coordinated
• Part D Coverage Options:
 Medicare Part D Plans
• Stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP)
• Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MAPD)
 Employer Group Plans
• Plans must be creditable to avoid Part D penalties
 Military Plan Coverage
• Provides creditable coverage
• You may have both the VA and Part D coverage*
How Medicare Part D Phases
Work Annually
YOU pay $2.65/Generic
and $6.60/Brand or 5%
4 Catastrophic
YOU 5%
PLAN 95%
3 Coverage Gap
YOU 45%
YOU 65%
2 Initial Coverage
YOU 25%
PLAN 75%
1 Deductible
YOU 100%
This is an example of how Medicare Part D works and is not intended to portray a specific plan. In some instances, these costs
will be approximate amounts.
Part D Extra Help
• Low Income Subsidy (LIS) is
available from the government if
you meet certain requirements.
• Those that qualify may get help
paying monthly premiums,
copays, coinsurance, and
• Do you qualify? You don’t know
unless you apply.
*Premiums, copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles may differ depending upon the level of help for which beneficiaries may qualify.
Your Medicare
Coverage Options
Your Medicare Coverage Options
START with
Original Medicare
Part A
(hospital insurance)
DECIDE if you want more coverage
Option 1
Option 2
Medicare Part D
Prescription Drug Plan
Medicare Advantage Plan
Part B
and / or
(medical insurance)
Medicare Supplement
Insurance Plan
Combines Parts A&B
Many cover prescription
drugs and may include
extra benefits
Your monthly plan premium
could be as low as $0*
Blue Cross
Medicare Advantage Eligibility
You Must:
•Have Medicare Parts A & B
•Continue to pay Part B premium
•Not have ESRD in most cases
•Live in plan service area
•Have a valid election period
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Important Plan Information
Premera Blue Cross is an HMO and HMO-POS plan with a Medicare contract.
Enrollment in Premera Blue Cross depends on contract renewal.
You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The benefit information
provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more
information, contact the plan.
Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy
networks, provider networks, premium, and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on
January 1 of each year. You may also refer to the Summary of Benefits or Evidence of
Coverage (EOC) for more information.
Premera Blue Cross is too new to be rated with a Medicare Star rating.
Premera Blue Cross is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
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