CVCOA has prepared the following “Medicare in Plain English” summary as an explanation of the various Medicare parts. For more information about Medicare and to apply, visit www.medicare.gov
Covers hospitalization, hospice and home health.
You receive this automatically when you turn 65 or after your second year of disability.
Most people do not pay a premium for Part A. If you or your spouse have worked a minimum of 10 years you generally are not required to pay a premium.
The deductible for 2013 is $1,184 for each hospital stay of 1-60 days.
Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? If You Have Medicare - Ask! - Your hospital status affects how much you pay for hospital services and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you receive in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). An overnight stay at the hospital does not necessarily mean you have been admitted and are considered an inpatient.
This is optional health care coverage. Part B pays 80% of the approved costs for doctors, diabetic supplies, medical equipment, and some medications.
Part B has a 2013 monthly premium of $104.90 that is automatically deducted from your Social Security income.
Your 2013 annual deductible for Part B is $147.
This is another option for health care coverage. The plans are called “Advantage Plans.”
They replace original Medicare although you will continue to pay for you Part B deductible.
These plans do not cover 100% of the cost of your care; they are cost sharing plans.
These are often referred to as “Medigap” plans or “the old Part C.”
They are private insurances that can cover up to 20% of the cost of your care that Medicare does not.
Because supplement plans vary in the coverage they provide, the cost for them varies as well.
There are Supplement Plans that will cover your Part A deductible for every hospital admission.
Some Supplement Plans will cover all of your health care (except Part D drugs) fully as long as you have Medicare Part A and Part B.
Be aware that if you do not go to a Medicare approved provider then Medicare won’t pay nor will the Supplement.
This is your prescription drug coverage.
These are Private Drug Plans that have agreed to provide drug coverage at a specific cost to you.
The coverage is determined by entering your medications into the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s website and locating a plan that is both affordable and will cover most of the cost of your medicine. Visit www.cms.gov
It is important that you determine if you are eligible for either State or Federal Assistance (based upon gross monthly income) that would help you with the costs associated with this plan.
You may be eligible to have the Federal Government pay for all or part of your Part D.
The eligibility for this is determined by your income and assets.
The income limit for one person is $16,335; for a couple it is $22,065.
The asset test for one person is $12,640; for a couple it is $25, 260.