If not you, then how about learning more about Medicare for Mom, Dad or Uncle Joe?
Medicare can be very detailed since it deals with individuals and we all have our own specific situations, but getting an overview can still be really helpful. Going into any situation with some information is much better than trying to jump in the middle and figure it all out.
You may be aware (or not) of Medicare having various pieces, such as the following:
Part A: Hospital coverage, which generally covers in-patient care, care in nursing facilities (though not long term care), home health services and so on.
Part B: Relates to clinic costs, Doctor visits, outpatient care and other medical (non-prescription) costs. It carries a standard premium amount.
Part C: Advantage Plans. These are combined plans that put Medicare A and B together, plus other add-ons (e.g., dental, vision). Services are provided through private insurance companies who have been Medicare approved.
Part D: Prescriptions. Costs vary according to your coverage, premiums and so on, but Part D does result in savings.
It’d be nice to be able to say that’s all there is to it, but we live in the real world, so this is obviously a very, very general overview.
So how about more information? Glad you asked! We — along with Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) – are sponsoring a couple, “Welcome to Medicare” informational outreaches next month; so if you’re approaching Medicare, are new to it, or even currently on Medicare, this could be for you.
And by the way, Boomers, Medicare is either in place for you or on the near horizon, so take heed.
The first one is scheduled for June 7th (a Friday) at Ocean Beach Timberland Regional Library in Ocean Park, from 11:30-1 p.m. Another is being scheduled for later in June in Long Beach, and we’ll get the info out to you when the date, time and place are confirmed.
This is a chance to not only get general information, but also an opportunity for you to talk to folks who can speak to specific options and benefits.
To register, call 360-642-3634, or 888-571-6558, ext. 14. Expect to see flyers in and around the community as these dates get a little closer, and if you want some to distribute or post, just call the number mentioned above.
Or if you just can’t wait to chat about Medicare, you can call the same number at any time, or 942-2177, 888-571-6557 for north county. Our office folks in both ends of the county work with this stuff regularly — and they are easy to talk with — always a good thing.
Knowing the information is good. Making it fit is even better. Give us a call.
Information & Assistance:Raymond: 942 2177/888 571 6557