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Allsup Outlines 10 Critical Questions to Answer When Evaluating Medicare Plans
Date:9/1/2009

h a prescription drug plan (Part D) may work best. There are many factors to consider when answering this question, and your response may change over time.

2. Do I need a supplemental plan?

Medicare supplemental insurance can help pay costs not covered under traditional Medicare (Parts A and B). However, not everyone needs this type of policy, especially if they: are eligible for Medicaid or the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, have group health insurance through an employer, the government or the military, or already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

3. What if I have private healthcare coverage – should I use Medicare instead?

If you have coverage through a former or current employer, speak to the plan administrator before making changes. Consider comparing your private plan to your Medicare options, especially if your private plan is limited or the cost has increased significantly.

4. Can I see the same doctors that I do now?

The majority of healthcare providers (doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, etc.) accept traditional Medicare. While Medicare Advantage plans are available in almost every area of the United States, that doesn’t mean all doctors participate. Before you join any Medicare plan, determine if your doctor accepts that plan.

5. Does the plan cover prescription drugs?

Traditional Medicare doesn’t generally cover medications unless they’re administered in the doctor’s office or hospital. You have to purchase a Part D plan for the coverage. Medicare Advantage plans, however, can offer prescription drug coverage. If you choose traditional Medicare, you’ll need to enroll in a stand-alone Part D plan, possibly with additional cost to cover prescription co
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