MEDICARE

NEWS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

 

MEDICARE 2021 Open Enrollment – runs from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Monday, Dec. 7.

 

During this time, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage – whether it’s Original Medicare with supplemental drug coverage, or Medicare Advantage – and make changes or purchase new policies if they want to do so. 

 

Open enrollment for Medicare coverage starts on Oct. 15; ending on Dec. 7th. 

MEDICARE COVERAGE

There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage—Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) and Medicare Advantage. 

2020 MEDICARE ENROLLMENT CALENDAR

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New Changes for 2021

– Consult the “Medicare & You 2021” Booklet

 

A few changes to expect in your 2021 Medicare benefits include:

  • Lower out-of-pocket costs for insulin

  • If you join a Medicare drug plan that participates in the “Part D Senior Savings Model,” you could save hundreds of dollars each year in out-of-pocket costs for insulin. See page 84

  • Medicare Advantage & End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

  • If you have ESRD, you can join a Medicare Advantage Plan during Open Enrollment (October 15–December 7, 2020). Your plan coverage will start January 1, 2021.  See page 59

  • Acupuncture for back pain

  • Medicare now covers up to 12 acupuncture visits in 90 days for chronic low back pain.

  • Telehealth & other virtual services

  • Telehealth benefits allow you to get medical or health services that generally occur in-person (like office visits and consultations) from a doctor or other health care provider who’s located elsewhere using real-time interactive audio and video technology.  See page 48  

  • Medicare also covers certain virtual services, like E-visits (see page 39) and Virtual check-ins.  See page 50

Senior Health Insurance Program counselors are available to help you navigate through you benefits.​

Find out how and when you can sign up or enroll for Medicare.  

Additional information can be found online: 

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