Oregon Medicare Plans
If you’re one of many Oregon residents enrolled in Medicare, you may find yourself needing more coverage than Original Medicare can provide. That’s why Medicare Supplements (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage have been made available by private insurance companies.
Medicare Supplements cover the deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and more that Original Medicare doesn’t, saving thousands of dollars. It also gives you the freedom to see any doctor that accepts Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans offer similar coverage to Original Medicare, but offer extras, including prescription drug coverage, and sometimes don’t cost you any additional premium.
Oregon Medicare plans open enrollment
Medicare beneficiaries in Oregon are eligible for Medicare at age 65. Initial enrollment begins three months before your birth month and lasts three months after. During initial enrollment, you can also apply for Medicare Supplements.
Although you can enroll in a supplement at any time, initial enrollment is the best time to do so because you cannot be turned down due to your health.
regon implemented a “birthday rule” in 2013 that allows Medigap enrollees an opportunity to switch to any other plan during the 30 days following their birthday. And the new plan is guaranteed issue during that window.
Medicare Supplements in Oregon cover some or all of the deductibles and coinsurance left over by Original Medicare.
This can save you thousands of dollars because Medicare only covers about 80% of your outpatient expenses. Original Medicare also does not have any limits on out-of-pocket costs. A supplement would put a cap on your out-of-pocket spending.
Another overlooked feature is you are not limited to any networks and choose to see any doctor that accepts Medicare.
There are 10 plans lettered A through N that offer standardized coverage. This means all plans lettered the same have to offer the same coverage and the only difference is price. So, be sure to shop your coverage. Or, you can use our service to save you both time and money as we will do all the shopping for you!
After the end of 2019, new Medicare enrollees will no longer be able to select Medigap Plans C or F in Oregon. Beneficiaries who already have these plans will be able to keep them.
Because these plans are standardized by the federal government, the only difference will be in price. Be sure you have someone shopping the policy to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Medicare Advantage plans
Oregon has up to 37 Medicare Advantage plans available, depending on what county you live in. Also known as Medicare Part C plans, Medicare Advantage is a private Medicare plan that provides all Original Medicare benefits but also include extra benefits like dental, prescription drugs, and vision coverage. In Oregon, open enrollment for Medicare Advantage begins on January 1 and ends on March 31. Those who are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage can switch to a different plan during this open enrollment or opt to have Original Medicare instead.
Medicare Part D
While Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans don’t offer coverage for prescription drugs, there is an option to enroll in Medicare Part D. There are 26 Part D plans available in Oregon in 2019. If you don’t want to pay out-of-pocket for your prescriptions, be sure to look into Medicare Advantage or a standalone Part D plan.
How we can help
Our licensed Oregon Medicare Plans specialists are available to help you at absolutely no charge to you. We pride ourselves on assisting you finding you a plan that fits your needs. Because Medicare Supplement plans are required by law to offer standardized coverage, the only difference will be price. We will shop your policy and find you the lowest price.
Let us provide our free assistance so you can feel comfortable knowing you’re getting the best value for your healthcare coverage.
This guide can be helpful if you’re considering buying a Medigap policy or already have one. It’ll help you know how Medicare Supplement plans work.
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