As you get older, it is important to make sure you take care of your health. With aging comes various types of health issues depending on your family history, well-being and more. You never want to avoid getting medical assistance due to not being able to afford it. As you retire, you may not have an insurance plan provided by an employer. Due to this, it is best to have Medicare insurance to cover any medical assistance you may need. Medicare insurance is the best option. In order to be eligible for Medicare insurance, there are a couple requirements including the following.
- Age 65 or older
- Have a disability
- Those with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease)
There may be other circumstances for which you can seek Medicare insurance but those are the 3 main factors for eligibility.
Parts of Medicare
Medicare insurance coverage can be confusing if you are completely new to it. Most aren’t aware that there are actually 4 different parts of Medicare insurance. These different parts each have different type of coverage. The parts are Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D. Part A only will cover hospital insurance such as hospital stays or time spent in a nursing facility. This can also include some type of hospice or home health care. Part B is the more generalized type of health insurance. Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient services, preventative care and supplies. Part C is usually a private company that has some type of specific agreement with the government. This agreement is to provide parts A and B. Medicare Part D covers prescription medication.
Medicare not only provides a variety of health benefits, but it also gives you access to health providers at a fraction of the cost. You will not be stuck paying out of pocked for all of your medical expenses.
Benefits of Medicare Insurance
Medicare insurance relieves any stress you may have about medical bills. This includes unexpected trips to the hospital or medical care. Labs, x-rays, and even ambulance services can be covered under the right Medicare insurance plan. If you have paid into Social Security for at least 40 calendar quarters, then you may be eligible for even more savings with Medicare insurance.
Medicare Supplemental Insurance
Even though most your claims should be taken care of through Medicare by itself, it may be that you need to find additional means. In that case, Medicare makes it very easy to have multiple options for supplemental insurance, especially through your employer. If you were fortunate enough to have a boss that offered this, be sure to take full advantage of it.
Alternatively, you can also purchase a Medigap policy, which is a type of bridge insurance that covers some of the health care costs that original Medicare doesn't offer, such as copayments and deductibles. You can purchase this through private health care companies, but it only covers one person, so if you want a plan for you and your spouse, you'll have to buy separate policies.