Whether you’re new to Medicare or have been receiving Medicare coverage for many years, it can be confusing and overwhelming. At Twin City Underwriters, we work to help people understand Medicare, and ultimately find the Medicare plan that is right for their unique situation, needs and budget.
Why Should I Work with Twin City Underwriters to Enroll in Medicare?
Applying for Medicare is easy. Knowing which plan to choose is hard. That’s why Twin City Underwriters offers seminars, webinars, and individualized assistance to help you find the right Medicare solution for your unique situation.
As experienced Medicare insurance brokers, the agents at Twin City Underwriters have the knowledge and capability to help you sort through Medicare options, and find the plan that works best for your unique situation.
Does Twin City Underwriters Process Applications on Behalf of Clients?
Twin City Underwriters does process Medicare applications on behalf of our clients. If there are any enrollment issues, we can work directly with the insurance carrier to get them resolved.
How Do I Know Whether I’m Eligible for Medicare?
There is a lot of confusion around Medicare eligibility. Visit this blog post to learn more.
What Does Medicare Cover?
To learn about the different Medicare plans and what they cover, or to see whether a specific test or service is covered, visit the coverage information page on Medicare.gov.
Are you confused about the different Medicare plans and what they cover? Here are a few blog posts that might help:
How Do I Choose Medicare Drug Coverage?
When choosing Medicare drug coverage, think about your needs and priorities, both now and in the future. Do you need coverage for a specific medication? Do you prefer name brand medications, or do you take generics? Do you have minimal coverage needs now, but want peace of mind for the future? With those questions in mind, visit the Medicare drug coverage page on Medicare.gov.
What Information Do I Need When Creating a MyMedicare.gov Account?
To create a MyMedicare.gov account, visit Medicare.gov and click the Login/Create Account button. You will need basic information, such as your last name, date of birth, and email address. You will also be asked to enter your Medicare number, which you can find on your Medicare card.
Visit this blog post for more information.
How Do I Enroll in Medicare?
You will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A or Part B when you turn 65, or if you begin receiving Social Security Income prior to age 65. If you are not eligible to be automatically enrolled, you can apply during the Initial Enrollment Period, which begins three months before you turn 65, and ends three months after you turn 65.
If you want additional coverage through Medicare Part C or Part D, you will have to enroll through a private insurance company. Learn more here.
Enroll in Medicare in person at your local Social Security office, by visiting the Social Security Administration website, or by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Before applying, make sure you have all the information you need to apply.
Can I Enroll in Medicare On My Phone?
Yes, you can enroll for Medicare on your phone. However, many of our clients have reported that it may be easier to enroll on a desktop or laptop computer.
How Long Does It Take to Process My Medicare Application?
You should receive your Medicare card about three weeks after you apply. (This may take longer right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) If you are already receiving Social Security benefits when you turn 65, your enrollment into Medicare is automatic. Your card will arrive in your mailbox about two months before you turn 65.
How Do I Check My Medicare Application Status?
Log in to your MyMedicare.gov account or your Social Security account to check the status of your Medicare application. You can also visit the “check your enrollment” page on Medicare.gov. To check your application status, you will need your:
- ZIP code
- Medicare number
- Last name
- Date of birth
- Medicare Part A effective date
How Do I Use Tools on the Medicare Website?
In 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released three tools designed to help Medicare beneficiaries better understand their coverage options – and find the best plan for their needs. Here’s a brief overview and instructions for each.
1. Coverage Options Quiz
The coverage options quiz consists of five questions regarding applicants’ coverage needs, coinsurance, and lifestyle. It provides a good starting point, but applicants will need to do more research to determine whether their doctors are in-network or a service is covered.
To take the quiz, visit Medicare Coverage Options on Medicare.gov.
2. Out of Pocket Cost Estimator
This is a calculator that estimates out-of-pocket costs for Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. You will be asked your zip code, whether you want supplement plans, and your health status. This is also a good place to start, but more research will be needed for specific coverage information.
To use the estimator, visit the Out of Pocket Cost Estimator on Medicare.gov.
3. Web Chat
If you have questions or run into issues on MyMedicare.gov, you can chat with Medicare representatives. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How Do I Use Medicare?
Medicare is a complicated program, and how you use it can affect your health and care. AARP shared tips on getting the most out of your Medicare, which we’ll summarize here:
- Watch the Calendar: Make sure to enroll during the Initial Enrollment Period to ensure that you have full coverage for all doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
- Choose Doctors Carefully: Pick the best doctors for your specific situation. Ask whether your doctors accept Medicare and what your out of pocket costs will be. Interview doctors to ensure that they can meet your needs.
- Take Advantage of Benefits: Get the most out of your Medicare! Participate in all covered care, from annual wellness visits to nutrition counseling.
- Beware of Surprise Bills: Check in advance to be sure that your treatments or procedures are covered. If you get an unexpected bill, check with your provider and insurer to make sure there wasn’t a mistake.
How Do I Compare Doctors, Hospitals, and Other Providers?
Medicare.gov has an interactive tool that will allow you to compare health care providers. Visit this page for more information, and use the compare tool on Medicare.gov to find the right providers for your needs.
Where Do I File a Medicare Claim?
If you have Medicare Part A and/or B, providers must file Medicare claims for all covered services. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), claims are not required.
If you learn that your providers aren’t filing claims in a timely manner, contact them and ask them to file a claim. If they still don’t file a claim, call 1-800-MEDICARE to find out the time limit and next steps for filing a claim.
To file a claim, fill out the claim form, called the Patient Request for Medical Payment form. Send it, with an itemized bill and a letter detailing your reason for filing the claim, to the address listed on your Medicare Summary Notice.
I Received a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN). What Is It?
A Medicare Summary Notice, or MSN, isn’t a bill. It’s a notice that’s sent in the mail every three months for Medicare Part A and Part B-covered services. The MSN will show all services and supplies billed to Medicare during the preceding three months, how much Medicare paid, and how much you may owe.
Visit the Medicare Summary Notice page on Medicare.gov to learn more.
What if I Have Questions About Medicare?
Contact Twin City Underwriters – we’re here to help!