As each new year brings notable changes in Medicare policies, it is crucial for seniors to stay updated of all changes, for getting the best coverage at the most affordable price.
As we all know, Medicare pertains to the federal health insurance program for all individuals who are 65 years of age or older. However, it is applicable to certain younger people who have disabilities or people suffering from end-stage renal disease.
Here are a few things you should know in 2018:
Changes in Card
The new Medicare card does not display your Social Security number. Your new Medicare card features a unique Medicare number that is specifically designated to you and is referred to as an MBI or Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. This number serves as a replacement for your Social Security number and also guards you against any identity theft or fraudulent activities.
Thanks to these updates, your new card addresses all security concerns with a randomly generated 11 digit number. The number is also going to be used for verifying eligibility for billing purposes and services.
All cards are to be sent in the mail without any renewal or subscription fee.
In case a member is enrolled in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage plan, he can continue using the plan membership card. You will get a new Medicare card with your MBI in case the plan presently uses your Social Security number.
Medicare Part D
The Part D deductible for all patients is going to slightly increase this year, from $400 to $405. Recipients would be glad to notice a $50 increase in the initial coverage limit for Medicare Part D. The changed limit for this year is $3,750. The out-of-pocket threshold for Medicare this year is $5,000. The maximum copay is$3.35 for generic and $8.35 for all remaining drugs.
Members, who have a higher income and hence shell out the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), are going to observe an increase in the premium.
IRMAA functions in grouped income patterns. The premium surcharges remain the same for the first two tiers but those falling into higher tiers are likely to observe higher premium surcharges this year, as an outcome of the MACRA or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
The tiers three through five experienced changed income levels this year which implies that members may have jumped from paying 50% of Part B costs to as high as 80%.
The Donut Hole
Medicare’s prescription drug benefit also comprise of a coverage gap, which is typically referred to as the donut hole. Under this system, it may be difficult to navigate the coverage of prescription drugs. The coverage is put on a hold once the total-coverage cost threshold is reached. In 2018, Medicare pays the initial $3,750 of prescription drug costs.
So far, this year has witnessed quite a few changes for Medicare patients. In case you are an agent or have a Medicare plan, make sure to stay updated of all the changes that you are going to experience in 2018.
If you are looking to find the best quality health insurance and updated information about Florida Medicare Plans, get in touch with us by dialing our toll free number 866-713-3267.
Newest Articles on our Blog
Open enrollment is coming up and as Steve O said, there are a lot of people out there who don't know when it is, what their options are, and what happens if they miss it. Our very own Bill Kohn was live on the air for a chat with Steve O and Rene on 880, the Biz to...read more
Medicaid is a state-administered program for low-income and disabled U.S. citizens and legal aliens. Although many of the coverage details are determined by individual states, each state must provide certain services, such as specific hospital and doctor...read more
2019 open enrollment season is approaching. Here are answers to some common enrollment and subsidies questions. Open Enrollment for 2019 begins November 1, 2018, and ends December 15, 2018. If you like wasting money, go ahead and skip this year’s Obamacare...read more
Get Your Free Copy of the “Ultimate Guide to Medicare” video and eBook from Florida Medicare Agency!
This book helps you learn about the different parts of the Medicare program, including Medicare Part A and Part B (together, they are often called “Original Medicare”), Part C (often called “Medicare Advantage”) and Part D (the part of Medicare that covers your prescription medications).
This website and its contents are for informational purposes only. Nothing on the website should ever be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.
Florida Health Agency is a licensed health insurance agency certified to sell Medicare products.
Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.