Medicare plans in Merced (Merced County) are mainly Medicare Supplement plans F, G and N. In 2020 there are also four Medicare Advantage plans which are both HMO style plans.
NEW “INNOVATIVE” MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT PLANS:
Be sure to compare the new Anthem Medicare Supplement “Innovative” Plan F. This new plan is identical to the traditional plan F but it also includes “hearing” and “vision” benefits at no additional cost. Also the monthly premiums are less then before. Click here for info.
Some of the hospitals near Merced you have access to with a Medicare Supplement policy: Mercy – UC Davis, Franciscan Healthcare, Valley Children’s, Mercy Medical Center and, University Surgery Center.
If you are new to Medicare Part B, you have an open enrollment which allows you to enroll in any available plan, medicare supplement, medicare advantage or Part D Rx plan.
New to Medicare – open enrollment:
- Medicare Supplement – 6 month open enrollment period.
- Medicare Advantage – 3 month open enrollment period.
- Medicare Part D Rx – 3 month open enrollment period.
Medicare Advantage Plans:
Medicare Advantage plans have an annual open enrollment period each year which starts October 15 and ends December 7. Changes and new enrollments take effect on January 1.
Every year you can choose a Medicare Advantage plan during this open enrollment period. Regardless of what you currently have in place, you can simply enroll during the annual open enrollment period.
Medicare Supplement plans do not have a traditional annual open enrollment period. If you have been on medicare and are not in any open enrollment period, a Medicare Supplement can still be applied to, but you will need to answer the health, prescription and doctor questions regarding your current and past health status.
The medicare supplement company will review your health status and either accept you as a new member or decline your application.
Medicare Supplement policies have several open enrollment opportunities, you can view them here: Guarantee Issue Rules.
Part D Rx:
The Part D Rx plans have a 3 month open enrollment for anyone new to medicare. They also have an annual open enrollment period which starts October 15 and ends December 7.
This is for anyone who has a stand-along Part D plan, and wished to compare other plans and companies. Any changes will have a January 1 effective date. Most counties will have 25 to 30 Rx plans to choose from every year.
ANTHEM DENTAL (age 65 & Above)
When seeing an Anthem in-network dentist you will enjoy a 25% to 40% savings right off the top, because of the contracted rates. These savings are also available during waiting periods, when you’ve gone over your yearly limit or when you’ve used up your benefits.
Your dental costs will also be reduced even more with the plan insurance coverage. Along with over 87,000 contracted dental offices nationwide.
Please call anytime with questions or for additional information.