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Your Quarterly Medicare Newsletter

May 21, 2024

Discover the benefits of Medicare Advantage plans and how they can provide you with additional health insurance coverage, including features like prescription drug plans and coverage for dental, hearing, and vision insurance. Learn how to replace your Medicare or Medicare Advantage card easily by logging into your secure Medicare account online, updating your information if needed, or finding your plan's contact information for assistance.

What to Know About Medicare Before Spring Break

Before heading out on your spring break trip, ensure that your Medicare plan covers medical services and emergencies while you're away from home. If necessary, consider purchasing additional travel insurance to provide extra coverage. Being prepared will give you peace of mind and protect you from unexpected medical expenses while you're enjoying your vacation.

Medicare Advantage 101

Medicare Advantage, sometimes known as “Part C,” is something of a catch-all choice for those who are ready to sign up for Medicare. Private insurers offer Medicare Advantage plans in conjunction with the Medicare program, and they can provide you with additional health insurance coverage.

In addition to signing up for Medicare Part A (hospital stays) and Part B (medical coverage), Medicare Advantage plans offer their subscribers extra features. This frequently, but not always, includes the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. In some cases, Medicare Advantage plans offer coverage in areas that regular Medicare plans do not normally offer. This can include dental, hearing, and vision insurance.1

How to Replace Your Medicare Card

Do you need to replace your Medicare or Medicare Advantage card? For Medicare members, in your web browser, go to https://www.medicare.gov/account/login/, log into or create your secure Medicare account, and print an official copy of your Medicare card.

If you have temporarily or permanently changed your address, visit your online "my Social Security" account (https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount) or call 1-800-772-1213 to update your information. Medicare Advantage members can find their plans’ contact information on the membership card, but if your card has been lost or severely damaged, try searching for your plan's contact information by heading to https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/#/?lang=en&year=2024. Finally, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE for more help.2

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January 1: Medicare General Enrollment Begins

January 1: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Begins

March 31: Medicare General Enrollment Ends

March 31: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Ends

April: Flu Season Ends

September: Private plans send notice if there will be any change in cost, coverage, or service area

October 15: Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins

November: Flu season begins

December 7: Medicare Open Enrollment Ends

Sources:
1. Medicare.gov, 2024
2. Medicare.gov, 2024

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.