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5 Important Things To Consider If You Were Unable to Enroll in Medicare Due to This Year's Natural Disasters

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Dec 15, 2017 12:39:24 PM

If you were impacted by this year's natural disasters, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for those who have been affected by recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared emergencies or major disasters. CMS has also announced an extension of the Annual Election Period (AEP) for individuals impacted by a FEMA declared emergency through December 31st, 2017. We'll go over who is eligible to apply and in one states, as well as important documents you should have during your Medicare enrollment process. 

 

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Topics: Special Enrollment Period, Medicare Enrollment, Prescription drug plans, Annual Election Period, Special Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, 2017 Medicare Changes

Do's and Don'ts of AEP

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Oct 20, 2017 2:54:31 PM


 

If you are currently on Medicare there is no doubt that your mailbox and even your TV screen is full up on ads for enrolling in Medicare related insurance plans during this Annual Election Period.

 

AEP runs from October 15th to December 7th. Any plan changes made during this time will go into effect on January 1st of the coming year.

We want you to know that there are some do’s and don’ts you will want to heed before you make a commitment to a plan.

  • It is always best to call and speak with a Licensed Sales Agent. They are able to help you get answers to all of your important Medicare questions, as well as help you shop all plans that are available to you in your area. The bad news is that if you happen upon someone who works exclusively for one insurer you could get stuck in a plan that is inappropriate for you. It is best to find an agent who has your best interest at the forefront, and not just someone who is trying to sell a plan.
  • Your agent should help to ensure that all your doctors and medications are in the plan
  • Your agent should know about federal and state programs available to help those with financial limitations.
  • The agent should represent multiple plans and options
  • There are both federal and state laws that govern Medicare agents who are selling plans.

These laws bar them from things such as showing up to your house uninvited to sell or endorse any Medicare related product.

  • An agent or broker cannot offer you cash for your enrollment in a plan.
  • They also cannot legally charge you a fee to process your enrollment.

During an important time such as this you will want to go with an agent you can trust.

Don't just listen to us though, take it from our happy clients! Click the button below to hear what other people are saying about Trusted Senior Specialists.

 

 

                                    

 

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Topics: Medicare, AEP, Annual Election Period, What is AEP?, What is the Annual Election Period?, What is Medicare?, October 15, Medicare Plans, Trusted Senior Specialists

2020 and Medigap Plans C and F

Posted by admin on Oct 5, 2017 12:43:37 PM


 

Attention to Date: In 2020 Medicare beneficiaries who don’t already have what’s known as Medigap Plan C or Plan F insurance will not be able to purchase it because the federal government will be closing those plans to new enrollments.

If you are age 65 now, or will reach age 65 between now and January 1st, 2020, you can still sign up if you qualify because you will be in your Open Enrollment Period or if the insurance company admits you.

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Topics: Annual Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, What is AEP?, What is Annual Election Period?, What is Annual Enrollment Period?, Medicare, What is Medicare?, medicare costs

Keep Yourself Safe During AEP

Posted by admin on Oct 5, 2017 11:55:16 AM


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Topics: Annual Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, What is AEP?, What is Annual Election Period?, What is Annual Enrollment Period?, Medicare, What is Medicare?, medicare costs

4 Ways To Ease Medicare Anxiety

Posted by admin on Oct 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Medicare's Annual Election Period season is among us. You may be one of the numerous new or current beneficiaries who are trying to decide which health plans to go with.  We know you will be presented with an abundance of information about your options and that might make things a little confusing. Maybe even frustrating. But don't worry! We've compiled a few quick videos and blogs to ease your anxiety. We help you break down the basics of Medicare enrollment and identify what to look out for during your enrollment process. 

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Topics: Medicare, Annual Election Period, What is Annual Election Period?, What is AEP?, What is Medicare?, Medicare 2016

Webinar: 5 Things to Consider During AEP

Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Every October 15, Medicare issues an Annual Election Period (AEP) where new and current Medicare beneficiaries are allowed to change or enroll into their ideal Medicare plans of choice. With 15 years in the Medicare business, our agents at Trusted Senior Specialists know that applying for Medicare can be overwhelming, confusing and a little frustrating. 

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Topics: What is AEP?, Annual Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, What is Annual Election Period?, What is Annual Enrollment Period?, What is the Annual Election Period?, Webinar, Medicare, What is Medicare?, Medicare Enrollment

What is Annual Election Period?

Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

 

The Annual Election Period, or AEP, is the period of time in which you can change your Medicare health or prescription drug plan.  AEP runs from October 15th to December 7th of every year, and as long as the plan receives your enrollment request by December 7th, your new coverage will start on January 1st of the following year.  What does this mean for you?

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Topics: Annual Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, What is AEP?, What is Annual Election Period?, What is Annual Enrollment Period?, Medicare, What is Medicare?, medicare costs

3 Ways to Prepare For Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 31, 2016 12:00:00 PM

For most people who are on Medicare, it is very likely that they have heard the phrase Annual Enrollment Period, or it’s abbreviation AEP.  Many Medicare beneficiaries may wonder what this Annual Enrollment Period means for them and their current coverage.  Medicare coverage year AEP runs from October 15 to December 7 every year. This will be the only opportunity a beneficiary has to review, renew and/or change their current Medicare plans for the upcoming year, unless they fall under an SEP (Special Election Period) which is only available when significant life events occur. In order to be fully prepared for AEP it is important to do some homework first.  

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Topics: Annual Election Period, Annual Enrollment Period, What is Annual Election Period?, What is AEP?, What is Annual Enrollment Period?, Medicare, AEP Enrollment Period, Medicare Part C, Medicare Part D, Medicare Coverage, premiums, Prescription drugs, medicine, Medicare Premiums, medicare insurance

2017 Projected Part D Premiums

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 24, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Medicare announced that the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2017 will remain fairly stable at a projected $34 a month.  This new estimate represents an increase of nearly $1.50 over the average premium of $32.56 for 2016.  Although Part D premiums remain relatively stable, Part D costs to continue to rise faster than any other parts of Medicare.

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Topics: Part D, Medicare, Prescription Drug Plan, Annual Election Period, AEP, What is AEP?, Prescription drugs, Prescription drug plans, Medicare Part D, What is Medicare Part D?, What is Medicare?, What are Medicare Supplements?, what are medicare supplement plans, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Supplement Plans, medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare Supplements

Medicare Gals to host webinars regarding your options

Posted by admin on Dec 2, 2013 3:15:31 PM
The Medicare Gals will offer free live webinars for seniors seeking information regarding their Medicare insurance options. The webinars
will take place starting Wednesday, December 4 and conclude on Saturday, December 7 – the day Annual Election Period closes.

“The purpose of these webinars is to inform and educate the senior community about the various Medicare options that are available to
them,” said TSS VP of Operations Mike Santos. “This is a critical time to make any changes to their current coverage and we want to make sure that they are aware of the Annual Election Period. ”

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