Day: August 22, 2019

One Chance To Make The Right Medicare Decision

When you become eligible for Medicare at age 65 – or later if you continue to work past age 65 and choose to stay on your employer’s health insurance – you have the opportunity to obtain outstanding health care at a reasonable and predictable price for the rest of your life.

 

This outstanding health care – which allows you to choose almost any doctor or hospital in the country – gives you the best chance for best health outcome if you are diagnosed with a serious and threatening health issue.

 

That means if you ever have a particular type of cancer, you can go on the internet and research which doctor or hospital anywhere in the United States has the most experience and expertise in your exact type and location of cancer and go there for treatment as soon as you are diagnosed.

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Charles Bradshaw
 
Unfortunately, far too many people who are going on Medicare for the first time choose a type of Medicare plan that potentially restricts their access to health care when they need it most, limits their choices in doctors and hospitals and requires them to pay thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in unplanned costs when they become sick.
 
Many people do not realize that with Medicare you often have only one chance to make the right Medicare decision for the rest of your life.
 
Here are three simple rules you should follow to make sure you make the right Medicare decision during the one chance you have to get it right
 
1) Never sign your Medicare benefits over to a private, for-profit, restricted access Medicare Replacement plan – also called Medicare Advantage. These plans often say “no” to expensive but needed care in order to make more money for themselves. If you do sign your Medicare over to these private Medicare plans you may be ineligible to get the right Medicare plan at any time the rest of your life.
 
2) Do not work with an insurance salesman who contacts you without permission. These salesmen often use high-pressure tactics and are usually more trained in sales techniques to get you to buy from them than they are trained in Medicare itself. You should not work with someone who is not committed to helping you understand your Medicare options so you can make the right decision for yourself. The internet gives you plenty of channels to learn about Medicare on your own and choose someone committed to what is best for you and not for them.
 
3) Choose a Medicare Supplement company that you have heard of before and that has been providing Medicare Supplements at least 10 years. Newer companies are more likely to increase premiums higher than is necessary and you may not be able to change your Medicare Supplement provider in the future. Many of these smaller, newer carriers also offer lower teaser rates when you first go on Medicare but then increase prices much more than other carriers later when you may not be able to change
Below are links to blogs I have written that will give you more insight into how Medicare works so you can make the rightMedicare choice for you:
 
We would appreciate the chance to help you with learning about your Medicare options so you can make the right Medicare decision for you.
 

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

Click here to message us via Facebook Messenger

Click here to request a quote for your Medicare Supplement from Medicare Answer Center

Click here to immediately download – Ten Most Asked Questions By People Going On Medicare

You can also call me at (865) 851-1120 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

The Four Decisions You Must Make When Going On Medicare

When you are about to go on Medicare, there are four decisions you must make. Three of these decisions are possibly permanent in that you may not be able to change them later if you make a poor decision.

It is critical to both your health and finances that you get these decisions right.

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Charles Bradshaw

The only way to make sure you get these decisions right is to take the time to learn for yourself how Medicare works and what your options are with Medicare.

You should not simply take the recommendation of a high-pressure stranger who calls you on the phone who is trying to meet his or her sales quota for the week.

Nor should you trust someone who knocks on your door uninvited because they found your name and address on a list of people in your community who are about to turn 65. No one who has your best interest and safety in mind will want you to open your house to someone you do not know.

You should find a resource who can provide clear, easy-to-understand information about Medicare so you can make the right decision for yourself. After all, if you make the wrong decision about your Medicare, you will be the one paying the price.

Unfortunately, the information provided by Medicare itself can be confusing and even contradictory. And it may not apply to your unique situation.

Medicare Answer Center can be such a resource but there are plenty available.

The four key decisions you must make when going on Medicare are as follows:

  1. Will you stay with traditional Medicare or sign your Medicare benefits over to a for-profit, private Medicare Advantage plan.
  2. Once you decide the stay with traditional Medicare, what type of Medicare Supplement should you choose.
  3. Once you choose what type of Medicare Supplement you will have, which carrier will you choose to provide your Medicare Supplement to you.
  4. Which Medicare Part D drug plan will you choose to protect you from the potential cost of expensive medications whether you take such medications now or are prescribed them in the future.

The following blogs I have previously written will help you answer these questions:

  1. Real Medicare Versus Private Medicare
  2. Why Plan G Instead Of Plan F?
  3. Choose The Medicare Supplement Company…Not The Initial Price
  4. Do I Need A Medicare Part D Drug Plan?

I would appreciate the chance to help you with your Medicare.

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

Click here to message us via Facebook Messenger

Click here to request a quote for your Medicare Supplement from Medicare Answer Center

Click here to immediately download – Ten Most Asked Questions By People Going On Medicare

You can also call me at (865) 851-1120 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

Will Your Medicare Plan Be On Your Side Against Cancer?

I hate cancer.

I vividly remember as a 12 year-old being in the surgery waiting room at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on a snowy January day. My dad – my best friend, my baseball coach, my golf teacher and playing partner, my fellow history buff and my hero – was undergoing surgery for a supposedly benign tumor in his kidney. (The picture above is my dad and me from around 1969)

“Benign” was a word I had just learned a few days earlier. I knew it was a good word. A word my father and mother were using with a sense of relief and comfort. It was almost like a friend.

When my mother, grandmother and aunts came to see me in that waiting room that morning, “benign” was nowhere to be found. A dark, foreboding, evil word had taken its place – “malignant”.

“When they operated on your father they saw the tumor was malignant.”

I did not need a dictionary. The look on their faces defined the word “malignant” better than Mr. Webster ever could.

I soon learned many new words that 12 year-olds should not know so young – radiation, chemotherapy, oncology, survival rate.

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Charles Bradshaw

“First we’ll do radiation then we’ll do chemotherapy.”

For his radiation treatments, my father was tattooed with big dark lines to direct the radiation technicians where to direct the beams at his tumor. I remember the space between the lines contained most of his abdomen. Even at my age I knew those beams had to travel through a lot of healthy cells and organs to reach those malignant cells around his kidney.

The chemotherapy regimen that followed was a medical version of the Bataan Death March. My father had the beginning and end of the nausea attacks that followed his weekly chemotherapy treatment timed down to the minute.

The chemotherapy treatment ended at 11:00 a..m. on Tuesday, the nausea started at 2:15 p.m. that afternoon and ended around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It did not pause for dinner, sleep or helping me with my homework.

I learned how hard a man will fight to be able to watch his only child grow up a little longer.

We have come a long way in fighting cancer in the 42 years since that snowy January day.

A few months ago the FDA approved for the first time cancer treatments based on the genetic makeup of a cancer instead of the location of the original tumor. You can learn more about this by clicking on the following link from Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Click here for more information

This progress in fighting cancer may never apply to you but the odds are it will in the future either apply to you or someone you love.

When you first go Medicare, you make a decision about how you will receive your Medicare benefits and medical care the rest of your life. One choice will allow you to take full advantage of the wonderful breakthroughs we make every day against cancer.

This choice is staying with regular Medicare and enrolling in a Medicare Supplement that will cover your share of Medicare’s costs. With regular Medicare, if you have a serious health condition you can receive care at leading cancer treatment facilities such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Mayo Clinic, or M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center. With the Medicare Supplement that you can combine with regular Medicare, your costs are covered 100 percent from the best cancer doctors and hospitals in the country.

I call this choice the “benign approach”.

The other choice is to leave regular Medicare and assign your Medicare benefits to a private, for-profit, restricted-choice Medicare Advantage plan such as Humana Gold Plus or Kaiser Permanente.

With a Medicare Advantage plan, you can only receive care from a limited list of doctors and hospitals and you must receive care in your home area – even when the best treatment for your condition may be outside of the plan’s network or your home area.

Even worse, the ultimate decision concerning the type of cancer treatment a Medicare Advantage plan will approve will likely be made by a budget analyst who may consider the cost of your treatment rather than your likely health outcome. Medicare Advantage plans can, and very often do, say “no” to more expensive cancer treatments even when the more expensive treatment is likeliest to save your life.

They do this because the money they save by saying “no” to a more expensive treatment that may save your life goes to increase their profits, pay their salaries and pay bonuses based on reduced patient care costs.

And leading cancer treatment facilities such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson do not participate in Medicare Advantage networks.

Imagine having to tell your loved ones in a few years that you unwittingly left regular Medicare for a private, for-profit, restricted-choice Medicare Advantage plan and now they will not pay for the cancer treatment you believe will give you the best chance to live.

For this reason I call the Medicare Advantage option the “malignant choice”.

I would appreciate the chance to help you with your Medicare transition when the time is right so you can choose the right Medicare plan for you both now and in the future.

I would appreciate the chance to help you understand your Medicare options so you can choose the right Medicare plan for you both now and in the future.

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

Click here to message us via Facebook Messenger

Click here to request a quote for your Medicare Supplement from Medicare Answer Center

Click here to immediately download – Ten Most Asked Questions By People Going On Medicare

You can also call me at (865) 851-1120 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

p.s. If you know of someone who needs help with their Medicare, please share this with them.

Enrolling In Medicare Online

In today’s internet-savvy world many people prefer to make their own decisions about Medicare without feeling pressured by someone on the phone or even a stranger sitting at their kitchen table.

The good news is you can do just that with all four major parts of Medicare – Medicare Parts A and B, your Medicare Supplement and your Medicare Part D Drug Plan.

To enroll in Medicare Parts A and B – or Medicare Part A only – all you need to do is go to www.socialsecurity.gov.

You can click on the following link to get detailed instructions on how to enroll

Click here for instructions for enrolling in Medicare online

As a reminder, if you are collecting Social Security four months prior to the month in which you turn 65, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and will only need to enroll in a Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D Drug Plan.

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Charles Bradshaw

In this case your Medicare will begin the 1st day of the month you turn 65 unless your birthday is actually on the 1st of the month. If your birthday is on the 1st of the month your Medicare will actually begin the 1st day of the previous month.

To enroll in your Medicare Supplement, simply click the following link to enroll in a Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Supplement

Click here to enroll in your Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement

I recommend a Plan G Medicare Supplement.

In most states you can enroll in your Medicare Supplement up to six months before the 1st day of the month in which you turn 65. Of course, your coverage will not take effect until your Medicare A and B takes effect.

Finally, you can enroll in your Medicare Part D Drug Plan by visiting Medicare’s PlanFinder Tool at the following link

Click here for Medicare’s PlanFinder Tool

Medicare’s PlanFinder tool allows you to enter your medications along with your preferred pharmacy and then shows you which Medicare Part D Drug Plan in your area will provide your medications at the lowest overall cost including monthly premium, annual deductible (if any) and co-pays for your medications.

You can then enroll in the Medicare Part D Drug Plan your choose directly from the website.

You can change your Medicare Part D drug plan every year during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period from October 15 through December 7.

You can learn any information you need about Medicare and get answers to your Medicare questions at MedicareAnswerCenter.com.

At Medicare Answer Center we appreciate the privilege of assisting you with learning about your Medicare options so you can make the right permanent Medicare decision.

Simply click the following link to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute Medicare consultation.

Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation Medicare consultation

Click here to message us via Facebook Messenger

Click here to request a quote for your Medicare Supplement from Medicare Answer Center

Click here to immediately download – Ten Most Asked Questions By People Going On Medicare

You can also call me at (865) 851-1120 or email me at charlesbradshaw@medicareanswercenter.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Charles Bradshaw is President and Founder of MedicareAnswerCenter.com.