Medicare Enrollment: The More You KnowThe open enrollment period began Oct. 15.The first of 54 days that Americans 65 and older have tomaketheir Medicare choices for 2020. These choices could save youhundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars a year and could welldetermine the quality of your health care, as well as your health,for years to come.Don't let a lack of knowledge be the reason that you do notchoose the best Medicare plan for you. Consider these six thingswhen making your Medicare selection this year.Choose between original or advantage.How much are your premiums, deductibles and other costs?How much do you pay for services like hospital stays or doctorvisits? Is there a yearly limit on what you could pay out-of-pocketfor medical services? Make sure you understand any coveragerules that may affect your costs, as well as what the differencesin costs between original and advantage plans.Original Medicare: There's no limit on how much you pay out-ofpocket per year unless you have supplemental coverage.penalty if you join a drug plan later?What's the plan's overall star rating?What will your prescription drugscost under each plan? Are your drugscovered under the plan's formulary? Arethere any coverage rules that apply toyour prescriptions? Are you eligible fora free Medication Therapy Management(MTM) program?your cost sharing is lower or included. ManyMedicare Advantage plans also offer vision,hearing and dental benefits. You can't usea Medigap policy if you're in a MedicareAdvantage Plan.Medicare Advantage: Plans have a yearly limit on your out-ofpocket costs. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, once youreach a certain limit, you'll pay nothing for covered services for therest of the year. This option may be more cost effective for you.Will you need to switch doctors?Doctors are special people in our lives. Webuild trusting relationships with them. Havingto select a different doctor due to choosingthe wrong Medicare plan would be a truenightmare. But what if the doctors in yourMedicare plan that you'd like to see aren'taccepting new patients? Do you need to getreferrals to see these doctors?Which coverage right for you?Medicare covers medical services and supplies in hospitals,doctors' offices and other health care settings. Services areeither covered under Part A or Part B. Advantage plans mustcover all of the services that Original Medicare covers, in additionto other benefits like vision, hearing or dental.Original Medicare: You'll need to join aMedicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)to get drug coverage.Medicare Advantage: Most MedicareAdvantage Plans include drug coverage.If yours doesn't, you may be able to join aseparate Part D planPart A: Generally covers inpatient care in a hospital, care withina skilled nursing facility, inpatient care in a skilled nursing home(not long-term care), hospice care and home healthcare.Original Medicare: You can go to any doctorthat accepts Medicare.There as so many questions that comewith enrolling in Medicare. Don't letyourself go uneducated. The MedicineShoppe, located at 400 Jefferson Avein Washington, Pa, is staffed withMedicare experts who are ready andwilling to walk your through all of theoptions available during this enrollmentperiod. You can also reach them Mondaythrough Saturday at 724-222-0900.Medicare Advantage: You may need to usehealth care providers who participate inyour plan's network. If so, find out how closethe network's doctor or pharmacies are toyour home. Some plans offer out-of-networkcoverage, but not allPart B: Generally covers medically necessary services (servicesor supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medicalcondition and that meet accepted standards of medicalpractice). Part B also covers preventative services, such ashealthcare that works to prevent illnesses (like the flu) or todetect an illness at an early stage, when treatment is availableand will likely work.Do you travel frequently?Part B also covers things like clinical research, ambulanceservices, durable medical equipment, mental health, inpatientand outpatient services, partial hospitalizations, surgery secondopinions and limited outpatient prescription drugs.Having medical coverage can ease one'smind when traveling abroad. Don't letMedicare determine be the reason youcannot travel as your desire.Original Medicare: Generally doesn't covercare outside the U.S. You may be able tobuy supplemental insurance that offerstravel coverage.Consider gap Medicare coverage (if you're using an originalMedicare plan)Sponsored content broughtIf you have other types of health or prescription drugcoverage, make sure you understand how that coverageworks with Medicare.to you byMedicare Advantage: Plans usually don'tcover care you get outside of the U.S.OMedicineShoppeSupplemental coverage in Original Medicare: You can add aMedigap policy to help pay your out-of-pocket costs in OriginalMedicare, like your deductible and coinsurance.Which is best for your prescription drug needs?Do you need to join a Medicare PrescriptionDrug Plan? Do you already have creditableprescription drug coverage? Will you pay aSupplemental coverage in Medicare Advantage: It may be morecost effective for you to join a Medicare Advantage Plan becauseWASHINGTON, PA Medicare Enrollment: The More You Know The open enrollment period began Oct. 15. The first of 54 days that Americans 65 and older have tomake their Medicare choices for 2020. These choices could save you hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars a year and could well determine the quality of your health care, as well as your health, for years to come. Don't let a lack of knowledge be the reason that you do not choose the best Medicare plan for you. Consider these six things when making your Medicare selection this year. Choose between original or advantage. How much are your premiums, deductibles and other costs? How much do you pay for services like hospital stays or doctor visits? Is there a yearly limit on what you could pay out-of-pocket for medical services? Make sure you understand any coverage rules that may affect your costs, as well as what the differences in costs between original and advantage plans. Original Medicare: There's no limit on how much you pay out-of pocket per year unless you have supplemental coverage. penalty if you join a drug plan later? What's the plan's overall star rating? What will your prescription drugs cost under each plan? Are your drugs covered under the plan's formulary? Are there any coverage rules that apply to your prescriptions? Are you eligible for a free Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program? your cost sharing is lower or included. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer vision, hearing and dental benefits. You can't use a Medigap policy if you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage: Plans have a yearly limit on your out-of pocket costs. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, once you reach a certain limit, you'll pay nothing for covered services for the rest of the year. This option may be more cost effective for you. Will you need to switch doctors? Doctors are special people in our lives. We build trusting relationships with them. Having to select a different doctor due to choosing the wrong Medicare plan would be a true nightmare. But what if the doctors in your Medicare plan that you'd like to see aren't accepting new patients? Do you need to get referrals to see these doctors? Which coverage right for you? Medicare covers medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctors' offices and other health care settings. Services are either covered under Part A or Part B. Advantage plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers, in addition to other benefits like vision, hearing or dental. Original Medicare: You'll need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) to get drug coverage. Medicare Advantage: Most Medicare Advantage Plans include drug coverage. If yours doesn't, you may be able to join a separate Part D plan Part A: Generally covers inpatient care in a hospital, care within a skilled nursing facility, inpatient care in a skilled nursing home (not long-term care), hospice care and home healthcare. Original Medicare: You can go to any doctor that accepts Medicare. There as so many questions that come with enrolling in Medicare. Don't let yourself go uneducated. The Medicine Shoppe, located at 400 Jefferson Ave in Washington, Pa, is staffed with Medicare experts who are ready and willing to walk your through all of the options available during this enrollment period. You can also reach them Monday through Saturday at 724-222-0900. Medicare Advantage: You may need to use health care providers who participate in your plan's network. If so, find out how close the network's doctor or pharmacies are to your home. Some plans offer out-of-network coverage, but not all Part B: Generally covers medically necessary services (services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice). Part B also covers preventative services, such as healthcare that works to prevent illnesses (like the flu) or to detect an illness at an early stage, when treatment is available and will likely work. Do you travel frequently? Part B also covers things like clinical research, ambulance services, durable medical equipment, mental health, inpatient and outpatient services, partial hospitalizations, surgery second opinions and limited outpatient prescription drugs. Having medical coverage can ease one's mind when traveling abroad. Don't let Medicare determine be the reason you cannot travel as your desire. Original Medicare: Generally doesn't cover care outside the U.S. You may be able to buy supplemental insurance that offers travel coverage. Consider gap Medicare coverage (if you're using an original Medicare plan) Sponsored content brought If you have other types of health or prescription drug coverage, make sure you understand how that coverage works with Medicare. to you by Medicare Advantage: Plans usually don't cover care you get outside of the U.S. OMedicine Shoppe Supplemental coverage in Original Medicare: You can add a Medigap policy to help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare, like your deductible and coinsurance. Which is best for your prescription drug needs? Do you need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan? Do you already have creditable prescription drug coverage? Will you pay a Supplemental coverage in Medicare Advantage: It may be more cost effective for you to join a Medicare Advantage Plan because WASHINGTON, PA

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Medicare Enrollment: The More You Know The open enrollment period began Oct. 15. The first of 54 days that Americans 65 and older have tomake their Medicare choices for 2020. These choices could save you hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars a year and could well determine the quality of your health care, as well as your health, for years to come. Don't let a lack of knowledge be the reason that you do not choose the best Medicare plan for you. Consider these six things when making your Medicare selection this year. Choose between original or advantage. How much are your premiums, deductibles and other costs? How much do you pay for services like hospital stays or doctor visits? Is there a yearly limit on what you could pay out-of-pocket for medical services? Make sure you understand any coverage rules that may affect your costs, as well as what the differences in costs between original and advantage plans. Original Medicare: There's no limit on how much you pay out-of pocket per year unless you have supplemental coverage. penalty if you join a drug plan later? What's the plan's overall star rating? What will your prescription drugs cost under each plan? Are your drugs covered under the plan's formulary? Are there any coverage rules that apply to your prescriptions? Are you eligible for a free Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program? your cost sharing is lower or included. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer vision, hearing and dental benefits. You can't use a Medigap policy if you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage: Plans have a yearly limit on your out-of pocket costs. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, once you reach a certain limit, you'll pay nothing for covered services for the rest of the year. This option may be more cost effective for you. Will you need to switch doctors? Doctors are special people in our lives. We build trusting relationships with them. Having to select a different doctor due to choosing the wrong Medicare plan would be a true nightmare. But what if the doctors in your Medicare plan that you'd like to see aren't accepting new patients? Do you need to get referrals to see these doctors? Which coverage right for you? Medicare covers medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctors' offices and other health care settings. Services are either covered under Part A or Part B. Advantage plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers, in addition to other benefits like vision, hearing or dental. Original Medicare: You'll need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) to get drug coverage. Medicare Advantage: Most Medicare Advantage Plans include drug coverage. If yours doesn't, you may be able to join a separate Part D plan Part A: Generally covers inpatient care in a hospital, care within a skilled nursing facility, inpatient care in a skilled nursing home (not long-term care), hospice care and home healthcare. Original Medicare: You can go to any doctor that accepts Medicare. There as so many questions that come with enrolling in Medicare. Don't let yourself go uneducated. The Medicine Shoppe, located at 400 Jefferson Ave in Washington, Pa, is staffed with Medicare experts who are ready and willing to walk your through all of the options available during this enrollment period. You can also reach them Monday through Saturday at 724-222-0900. Medicare Advantage: You may need to use health care providers who participate in your plan's network. If so, find out how close the network's doctor or pharmacies are to your home. Some plans offer out-of-network coverage, but not all Part B: Generally covers medically necessary services (services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice). Part B also covers preventative services, such as healthcare that works to prevent illnesses (like the flu) or to detect an illness at an early stage, when treatment is available and will likely work. Do you travel frequently? Part B also covers things like clinical research, ambulance services, durable medical equipment, mental health, inpatient and outpatient services, partial hospitalizations, surgery second opinions and limited outpatient prescription drugs. Having medical coverage can ease one's mind when traveling abroad. Don't let Medicare determine be the reason you cannot travel as your desire. Original Medicare: Generally doesn't cover care outside the U.S. You may be able to buy supplemental insurance that offers travel coverage. Consider gap Medicare coverage (if you're using an original Medicare plan) Sponsored content brought If you have other types of health or prescription drug coverage, make sure you understand how that coverage works with Medicare. to you by Medicare Advantage: Plans usually don't cover care you get outside of the U.S. OMedicine Shoppe Supplemental coverage in Original Medicare: You can add a Medigap policy to help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare, like your deductible and coinsurance. Which is best for your prescription drug needs? Do you need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan? Do you already have creditable prescription drug coverage? Will you pay a Supplemental coverage in Medicare Advantage: It may be more cost effective for you to join a Medicare Advantage Plan because WASHINGTON, PA Medicare Enrollment: The More You Know The open enrollment period began Oct. 15. The first of 54 days that Americans 65 and older have tomake their Medicare choices for 2020. These choices could save you hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars a year and could well determine the quality of your health care, as well as your health, for years to come. Don't let a lack of knowledge be the reason that you do not choose the best Medicare plan for you. Consider these six things when making your Medicare selection this year. Choose between original or advantage. How much are your premiums, deductibles and other costs? How much do you pay for services like hospital stays or doctor visits? Is there a yearly limit on what you could pay out-of-pocket for medical services? Make sure you understand any coverage rules that may affect your costs, as well as what the differences in costs between original and advantage plans. Original Medicare: There's no limit on how much you pay out-of pocket per year unless you have supplemental coverage. penalty if you join a drug plan later? What's the plan's overall star rating? What will your prescription drugs cost under each plan? Are your drugs covered under the plan's formulary? Are there any coverage rules that apply to your prescriptions? Are you eligible for a free Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program? your cost sharing is lower or included. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer vision, hearing and dental benefits. You can't use a Medigap policy if you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage: Plans have a yearly limit on your out-of pocket costs. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, once you reach a certain limit, you'll pay nothing for covered services for the rest of the year. This option may be more cost effective for you. Will you need to switch doctors? Doctors are special people in our lives. We build trusting relationships with them. Having to select a different doctor due to choosing the wrong Medicare plan would be a true nightmare. But what if the doctors in your Medicare plan that you'd like to see aren't accepting new patients? Do you need to get referrals to see these doctors? Which coverage right for you? Medicare covers medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctors' offices and other health care settings. Services are either covered under Part A or Part B. Advantage plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers, in addition to other benefits like vision, hearing or dental. Original Medicare: You'll need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) to get drug coverage. Medicare Advantage: Most Medicare Advantage Plans include drug coverage. If yours doesn't, you may be able to join a separate Part D plan Part A: Generally covers inpatient care in a hospital, care within a skilled nursing facility, inpatient care in a skilled nursing home (not long-term care), hospice care and home healthcare. Original Medicare: You can go to any doctor that accepts Medicare. There as so many questions that come with enrolling in Medicare. Don't let yourself go uneducated. The Medicine Shoppe, located at 400 Jefferson Ave in Washington, Pa, is staffed with Medicare experts who are ready and willing to walk your through all of the options available during this enrollment period. You can also reach them Monday through Saturday at 724-222-0900. Medicare Advantage: You may need to use health care providers who participate in your plan's network. If so, find out how close the network's doctor or pharmacies are to your home. Some plans offer out-of-network coverage, but not all Part B: Generally covers medically necessary services (services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice). Part B also covers preventative services, such as healthcare that works to prevent illnesses (like the flu) or to detect an illness at an early stage, when treatment is available and will likely work. Do you travel frequently? Part B also covers things like clinical research, ambulance services, durable medical equipment, mental health, inpatient and outpatient services, partial hospitalizations, surgery second opinions and limited outpatient prescription drugs. Having medical coverage can ease one's mind when traveling abroad. Don't let Medicare determine be the reason you cannot travel as your desire. Original Medicare: Generally doesn't cover care outside the U.S. You may be able to buy supplemental insurance that offers travel coverage. Consider gap Medicare coverage (if you're using an original Medicare plan) Sponsored content brought If you have other types of health or prescription drug coverage, make sure you understand how that coverage works with Medicare. to you by Medicare Advantage: Plans usually don't cover care you get outside of the U.S. OMedicine Shoppe Supplemental coverage in Original Medicare: You can add a Medigap policy to help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare, like your deductible and coinsurance. Which is best for your prescription drug needs? Do you need to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan? Do you already have creditable prescription drug coverage? Will you pay a Supplemental coverage in Medicare Advantage: It may be more cost effective for you to join a Medicare Advantage Plan because WASHINGTON, PA

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