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The Best Medicare Plans for Florida Residents.

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     Every state is unique in how Medicare Supplement plans are priced and the quality of Medicare Advantage plans that are available.   In this article we will discuss which Medicare plans you should consider of you are researching the best Medicare Supplement Plans for Florida residents. 

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When it comes to Medicare,

Florida is unique in three ways.

  1. Florida is one of just four states that require Medicare Supplement policies is be priced using “Issue Age” standards. That means that your Medicare Supplement cannot increase in price every year just because you are older.  However, it can still go up in price due to inflation.  Expect your policy to increase in cost by 3% to 4% per year in most cases.
  2. On average, across the country, only three out of ten seniors choose a Medicare Advantage plan over keeping their Original Medicare and adding a Supplement. However, that statistic is skewed by population concentrations and average income.  Most people who choose a Medicare Advantage plan do so because they are on a limited fixed income.   Florida is one of those states with a higher than average Medicare Advantage enrollment. Still, four out of ten Floridians choose Medicare Advantage over Original Medicare.  The reasons for this are simple.
    • Medicare Advantage plans do not offer as much insurance coverage as Original Medicare plus a Supplement. So those that can afford a Supplement get one because of the better insurance coverage and
    • Medicare Supplement plans are standardized to offer the exact same coverage from state to
      Medigap Buyers Guide state and insurance company to insurance company. You are not limited to a network, you can go to any doctor.  You are not required to have a Primary Care Physician that has to approve you seeing a specialist and your maximum financial risk can be limited to zero or just a few $100s.   Medicare Advantage plans are not standardized.  They are only regulated to provide a minimum coverage that approximated Medicare Part A & B without a supplement.  You will be limited to a network and you will have a higher co-pays and deductibles with a higher total financial risk (your maximum out-of-pocket expense) when you get ill and need medical services.  Still, when you compare the quality of Medicare Advantage plans across the country, Florida has some of the best available.
  1. The third point that makes Florida unique is that the pricing structure of Medicare Supplements is very different from any other state. It is almost as if Florida Medicare Supplement prices defy the laws of economics.  In short, the plans that are priced best is Florida are Medigap Plan F, Medigap Plan N and the Medigap Plan F-HD or High Deductible.  Everyone new to Medicare in Florida should understand and price at least those three plans.

   

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Ten Things You Need To Know To Get The Best Medigap Plan

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Whether you are new to Medicare and want to be sure you make the right choices from the start, or you have been with Medicare for years and simply want to be certain that you are getting the best coverage and value for your money, this article is for you.   In this article, I will go over the ten things you need to know to get the best Medigap plan coverage at the best price and value available to you.  

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Free Government Resources

There are free resources available to you that will help you better understand your Medicare coverage and make better decisions.  The two publications that every person on or shopping for Medicare should have are the current Medicare & You guide and the guide Choosing A Medigap Policy.

The Medicare & You guide includes details on what is covered by Medicare, how and when to enrol and information about your Medicare rights.  A new Medicare & You guidebook is published each year with information to help you understand Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C (aka Medicare Advantage plans) and Part D.  If you are new to Medicare, you can access an online copy from the links provided and order a hard copy from Medicare.gov. 

Choosing A Medigap Policy is also an important publication and one most forgotten by Medicare beneficiaries.  This publication goes into detail about Medigap (aka Medicare Supplement) policies that is not found in the Medicare & You guidebook. 

Lastly, the Medicare.gov and Social Security websites are great resources full of information you need.  In fact, the Medicare.gov website offers the only tool allowed to compare and shop for the best Part D prescription plan.

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Standardised vs. Regulated Medicare plans

Medicare supplement plans are standardised, Medicare Advantage plans are not. 

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Medicare and the Cost of Cancer Treatment

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This article is for both the person facing cancer today, wanting to know what to expect from their Medicare insurance as well as for the person turning 65 and weighing the pros and cons of staying with Original Medicare or moving to Medicare Advantage. Medicare and the cost of cancer treatment is written to help everyone on Medicare.  If you find this article helpful, please share.  We have also included a link to a printer friendly version so that you may save this article for your files.

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I realise the article is a bit long, but the subject matter is critically important.  When first diagnosed with cancer, there is a lot going through your mind. One small part is the question of “What is this going to cost me?”  The battle with cancer can be emotionally draining without worrying or wondering about your health insurance and how it works.  This information on how Medicare handles the cost of cancer treatment is much more difficult to find and piece together than it should be.  I believe the information in this article can be a great relief, benefit, and resource for anyone about to embark on a very tough personal battle.  The information has been compiled from numerous sources including Medicare.gov and the National Cancer Society.

For those new to Medicare, this information will help you decide if you are more comfortable with Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage.  For the person who has cancer or a history of cancer, we hope the information will ease any financial uncertainty of not knowing what part of your treatment may or may not be covered by your current Medicare plan and how much out-of-pocket expense can be expected from you.

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How Floridians Save On Medicare Supplement Insurance

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Save on Medicare Supplement PlansMedicare beneficiaries in Florida have the same Medicare Supplement and plan choices as seniors in most states.  However, because Medicare Supplement plans in Florida are priced “as issued” instead of by age, they are significantly more expensive than most other states.  This throws the pricing metric off so that plans that are the best value in other states are a poor value in Florida.  It’s also why only 30% of people in Florida turning 65 choose Medicare Advantage plans, a slightly higher percentage than the national average. In this article, we show some tips and tricks for How Florida residents save on Medicare Supplement insurance plans.

No matter where you live in Florida, there are three main Medicare Supplement plans that you should consider.  For each plan, the prudent consumer will compare the plan features as well as prices. Those plans are Medicare Supplement Plan F, Medicare Supplement Plan N and Medicare Supplement Plan F-HD (high deductible).

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Medicare Supplement Plan G

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Medicare Supplement QuotesShopping for the right Medicare Supplement plan is not complicated. But if we were to ask seniors why Medicare Supplement Plan G is the better value, many would give us a blank stare. For most seniors, shopping for a Medigap plan consists of a quick study of the table below (from page 93 of the 2015 Medicare & You handbook) showing that Medigap Plan F offers the most comprehensive coverage. From there, it’s simply a matter of getting a Medicare Supplement quote to find which company offers Plan F at the lowest price in your area, and the deal is done. Some seniors and agents never look closely at the features of each plan to see if they are really worth the extra money. They never re-shop their plan as the years go by and persistent rate increases have pushed their monthly premium well beyond what they were originally paying. As a result, many seniors are overpaying for their Medicare Supplement coverage by hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars per year.

What we will show in this article is how Medicare beneficiaries can save hundreds of dollars per year in insurance premiums by considering Medicare Supplement Plan G, which can be a much better value for your insurance dollars. That value stems from the fact that insurance companies can use minor benefits to bolster their profits. It’s also important to note that historical price increases in Plan G have been historically lower than Plan F, creating a price differential to the benefit of Plan G policy holders. 

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Medicare Supplement Plan N Review

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Whether you are just turning 65 and enrolling in Medicare, or are over 70 and looking to keep your health insurance cost down, seniors in Florida and across the country continue to search for the best value in Medicare Supplement coverage.  Medicare Supplement Plan N should be among the top three Medigap Plans to consider.  This Medicare  Supplement Plan N review explains why.

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In a previous blog, we wrote of Medicare Plan F High Deductible as often the best value for seniors in Florida who are in generally good health. While Plan F-HD makes sense for most from a pure numbers perspective, many seniors prefer to have greater coverage, but balk at the high cost of a Plan F or realize that with Plans F and C being discontinued as of 2020, they do not want to be stuck in those specific Medicare Plans when no new younger seniors are allowed entry and the rising medical cost per aging beneficiary push premiums to prohibitive levels.

Enter Plan N, one of the most popular Medicare Supplement plans in the country because it covers all the most significant potential medical expenses, but at a cost much lower than a Plan F.  In fact, the premiums for Plan N are often 30% to 35% less than Plan F.   Plan N is one of the most popular Medicare Supplement plans in the state of Florida, as well as many other states across the country because of the cost to benefit features that make it one of the best values in Medicare Supplement plans.

Here is how to compare a Plan N to other Medicare Supplement Plans —

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Medigap Plan F-HD for Florida Seniors

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Which Medicare Supplement Plan?Whether you are just turning 65 and looking at your Medicare options for the first time, or you have been on Medicare for some time and want to lower your cost while keeping the service and benefits you are used to, seniors in Florida face the same tough decisions as seniors anywhere in this country.  However, the way Medicare Supplement plans are priced, the Medigap Plan F High Deductible makes sense for Florida Seniors.

A survey of insurance professionals in Florida revealed Medigap Plan F-High Deductible (Plan F-HD) as the plan they will or are using for their Medicare.  Shockingly, they admitted to not showing this plan to clients because the commission is too low. And yet, the annual maximum out-of-pocket limit on Medigap Plan F-HD is LESS than the required annual premium of Medigap Plan F or Plan for most Florida seniors.

With a Plan F-HD you can lower your monthly premiums to just $50-$70 and have an annual maximum out-of-pocket limit that is $2,180; less than the annual premium for most Medigap Plan F coverage!

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Here is an example to illustrate the value of Plan F-high deductible:

A Medicare Plan F may cost a 65-year old in Florida $2,705 per year in annual premium.  It covers 100% of Medicare expenses not covered by Original Medicare Parts A & B. It has no deductible.

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