To get the most out of Medicare, enroll as soon as you are eligible. You are eligible for Medicare at the age of 65. You may enroll from three months prior to your birthday until 3 months after. There are some exceptions to this. You may already be enrolled or may not yet need to enroll depending on your situation. This would depend if you are still working or already receiving Social Security benefits.
Understand the different parts of Medicare.
Medicare consists of four part: A, B, C, and D.
- Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) – coverage for hospital, nursing facility, or other healthcare facilities
- Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) – coverage for doctor's fees, medical supplies and services
- Medicare Part C (Advantage Plan) – health plan coverage from a private company contracted to the state
- Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) – coverage for prescription drugs
Traditional coverage includes Parts A and B. You may want to add Part D to complete your coverage. Another option is Part C. This already includes coverage you get from Parts A and B and may have D depending on your plan. This may also have other inclusions not typically covered by your basic plan like dental. It is best to understand and choose the best plan for you.
Make use of screening and other benefits.
Prevention is still the best cure from all illnesses. Take advantage of the different screenings available to you once you sign up for Medicare. Identify any illness early on and treat them before they get worse and expensive. These screenings are usually available at little to no cost.
You will also be given the benefit of a yearly wellness visit. This is an annual visit to your primary physician to ensure your health is maintained.
Some will offer telemedicine, where you can consult a doctor over the Internet. This is usually affordable and very convenient.
Find an insurance provider who will help you get the best out of Medicare.
Your health is the greatest wealth you have. This is especially true when you retire. To ensure you can enjoy your later years, take care of your health and know what to do in case of illness.
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