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Baby Boomers Confused About Medicare, According to Recent NAIC Survey
Date:2/26/2008

rovide the coverage you need - then pick

the one best for you. Shop around and ask a lot of questions. To avoid

purchasing a fraudulent health insurance plan, call your state

insurance department and find out whether the insurance agent and

company are licensed in your state. Information about how to contact

your state insurance department can be found on the NAIC Web site,

http://www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm.

6. If you are 65 years of age or older and will be using Medicare as your

primary health insurance, make sure you understand the different

coverage options available to you. When enrolling, you will need to

decide whether you want traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage

plan. Before purchasing a Medicare Advantage plan, find out which

hospitals and doctors are in-network.

7. When enrolling in Medicare, you might want to consider purchasing a

separate Medicare supplement (Medigap) insurance policy to pay for

medical/hospital expenses and deductibles not covered by Medicare.

Contact Medicare, http://www.medicare.gov, for a list of approved Medicare

supplement (Medigap) insurance providers.

8. When choosing Medicare options, you might also want to consider

enrolling in prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D), which will

help pay for the cost of medications prescribed by your doctor during

treatment. Keep in mind, if you choose to waive this coverage during

enrollment, but enroll at a later date, you will pay a penalty fee.

9. Be wary of health discount cards. Discount cards are not insurance! If

you are considering the purchase of a health discount card, investigate

whether company is legitimate and whether any complaints
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