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Connect One Health is your expert at guiding you through the Medicare health plan maze. We are here to help you understand your choices and answer all of your questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and the Prescription Drug plans. We can help you with questions about Supplemental Insurance, and Medicare B. We are patient, and we explain things in plain English.

There are several ways to contact us. You can call us toll free at 1-877-766-4448 to talk with one of our helpful professionals. You can also chat live with one of professionals through our Internet Chat link. We are here to make this easy for you. Contact us today.

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Medicare: Basics

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Medicare vs Medicaid: What is the Difference?The Difference between Medicare and Medicaid is really about who is involved. Medicare is a Federally sponsored health plan while Medicaid is a Federal and State sponsored Health Plan. Medicare is available for qualifying people who are aged 65 or older or those people who have suffered a qualifying disability for more than 24 months. Medicaid is available to people who have limited income and limited resource.

Those people may be children, women who are pregnant, seniors with low incomes, parents, and people with disabilities. In some cases, an individual may be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. When that happens Medicare is the primary payer and Medicaid helps to cover medical expenses after Medicare has paid. Note: Rules differ from State to State about qualification for Medicaid and dual beneficiaries.

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Medicare Part B: What does it Cover?Medicare B covers the outpatient type of services needed to manage a person’s health. This would include medical care needed to prevent illness, and to manage illness when the patient is not admitted to a medical facility, such as a hospital.

Medicare part B covers things like doctors visits, Durable Medical Equipment (DME,) mental health services, lab tests, etc. Medicare part B is paired with Medicare part A and is referred to as “Original Medicare.” The two plans work together to provide comprehensive medical coverage.

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Medicare.gov: What does it do?Medicare.gov is the official site for Medicare. It is hosted by the Federal Government and managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare.gov is the place to find the latest news about changes to Medicare and Medicaid. This is the place where you will find in depth information about all of the different Medicare and Medicaid programs that are offered.

Medicare.gov is Useful if You Are

  • Receiving Medicare or Medicaid
  • A Medicare Beneficiary.
  • Approaching an open enrollment date and want to research options for changing plans.
  • Looking for information about Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Need information about Medicare C or Medicare D.
  • Need information about Medicare Supplemental Policies.
  • A family member or conservator of someone who is on Medicare or Medicaid.

Tools Available on Medicare.gov

  • Definitions about terms used and Medicare basic information.
  • Eligibility rules and explanations.
  • Management of your Medicare. Change of address, lost cards, and counseling near you.
  • Find Doctors, hospitals and health professionals near you.
  • Get information about help with costs.
  • Explore and examine Medicare health plans, such as comparison tools.
  • Find Prescription Drug Plans.
  • Find supplies such as Medical Equipment Suppliers.
  • Find nursing homes and Dialysis facilities.
  • The Medicare Blog, Videos, and News.
  • And a whole lot more.
If you have not yet been to Medicare.gov, then you should visit the site and get familiar with how it works and what is available. If you need additional help, Connect One Health can help.

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Accessing Medicare Benefits: What happens after I Enroll?The big change occurs about three months before your Medicare Eligibility Date. You should receive your official Medicare card in the mail. If you do not receive a Medicare card in the mail within 60 days of your Eligibility date, call Medicare at 1-800-Medicare and let them know you have not yet received your Medicare card.

Most people are enrolled in Medicare automatically when they begin to draw their social security or when if they have been disabled for 24 months. If you need to enroll in Medicare you can do so online at Medicare.gov. It is important that you enroll before you eligibility date. There are penalties and are applied and for Medicare Part B those additional costs are extend for your lifetime.

Once you receive your Medicare cards examine the cards and make sure that your name is spelled correctly. The cards will also indicate when your coverage starts. Once your eligibility date has occurred you may use your Medicare benefits.

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