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Top 3 things you need to know before buying Medicare for parents

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By Rachel Wilson - licensed insurance agent Steve Johnson - Updated October 25th, 2021
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If one or both of your parents are 65 or older, chances are you (and they) may be concerned about their healthcare coverage needs. But navigating the complex network of different Medicare plans can be daunting. Luckily, you're not alone. 

With Policy Savings, you can speak to a licensed insurance agent who will explain and guide you through the different options available and answer all your questions so you can confidently choose the right Medicare coverage for your parents. Let's start with the basics.

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To help get you started, we've answered some common questions about buying Medicare:

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a public health insurance program in the United States. Once they turn 65, eligible Medicare recipients collecting Social Security are automatically enrolled in traditional Medicare Parts A and B, which together form the basic coverage: 

Part A covers your loved one's hospital stays and some related outpatient care, for example, if they need a home health aide, hospice care or short-term nursing care 

Part B covers other expenses including doctor visits, diagnostic tests, preventive care and medical devices But, neither of these plans cover things like co-payments and deductibles, prescription drugs and dental or vision care.

So, many people also enroll parents in either Medicare Supplement (Medigap) or Medicare Advantage plans to cover these gaps.

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What is Medicare Advantage?

Policy Savings offers Medicare Advantage plans from private insurance companies including AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare, that provide benefits coverage beyond traditional Medicare. Often, they have lower rates than Medicare Supplement plans though coverage and costs can differ greatly, so it's important to review each plan carefully. 

If this already seems overwhelming, don't worry. Policy Savings is here to provide FREE no obligation, unbiased insurance advice and is the best way to find the right coverage to fit your parents' individual circumstances. In the meantime, here are three important things you need to consider before buying additional Medicare coverage: 

Know when to enroll 
There are several special enrollment periods for specific situations but generally, if you want to sign up for or make any changes to Medicare plans, the open enrollment period starts October 15th, 2021 and goes through December 7th, 2021. 

Understand your parents needs
Medicare coverage is designed for individuals and doesn't extend to families or spouses, so each person is enrolled separately. When choosing additional coverage, you'll need to consider each parent's current and future health and finances, as well as their network of current providers and any retiree plans.

It's okay to ask for help
Figuring out Medicare coverage is difficult for most people, so it's natural to have lots of questions! Policy Savings connects you with licensed insurance agents who may save you time and money by helping you find the right Medicare coverage that meets your parent's needs - at no additional cost.

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The amount you must pay for health care or prescriptions before Original Medicare, your prescription drug plan, or your other insurance pays its share.


Co-payment is a fixed amount of money that you pay out-of-pocket for a specific service. It often includes doctor visits or prescription drugs.