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Each year medicare insurance plans change what they cost and what they cover. The next general open enrollment starts on November 15, 2010. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2011 coverage.
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Medicare covers certain medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ offices, and other health care settings. Services are either covered under Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). If you have both Part A and Part B, you can get all of the Medicare-covered services listed here, no matter what type of Medicare coverage you choose.
A Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) is another health coverage choice you may have as part of Medicare. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, the plan will provide all of your Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) coverage. In all plan types, you are always covered for emergency and urgent care. Medicare Advantage Plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers except hospice care. Original Medicare covers hospice care even if you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage Plans arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t considered supplemental coverage.
Between November 15Ã¢â‚¬â€œDecember 31 each year. Your coverage will begin on January 1 of the following year, as long as the plan gets your enrollment request by December 31. Between January 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œMarch 31 of each year. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month after the plan gets your enrollment form. During this period, you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do the following:
Medicare pays a fixed amount for your care every month to the companies offering Medicare Advantage Plans. These companies must follow rules set by Medicare. However, each Medicare Advantage Plan can charge different out-of-pocket costs and have different rules for how you get services (like whether you need a referral to see a specialist or if you have to go to only doctors, facilities, or suppliers that belong to the plan). More on Medicare view the medicare white paper.
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