We recently wrote about Medigap Policies for people on Medicare Disability. While some states have under 65 requirements, it is important to remember that each person, regardless of where they live, will have a new Open Enrollment Period the first month that they are both 65 and older, and on Medicare Part B. For people that were unable to get a Medicare Supplement when they were on Medicare Disability, this is a unique opportunity. Perhaps even more important, is the chance for people that had a Medigap Policy under 65 to get a fresh start. When people are fortunate enough to have a Medigap Policy while they are on Disability, the premiums are generally much higher than they would be for someone over age 65, and the plan choices are often limited to Plan A only. While the Plan A can be a good value for many people on Medicare Disability, a Plan F or Plan G provides many more benefits. We were recently able to help one of our current Plan A customers obtain a Plan G, when they turned 65. While their Plan A policy had gone down in price at their 65th birthday, they were able to get the much better Plan G, for about the same price, without having to answer any Health Questions. If you or someone you know has been on Medicare Disability, please call 877-740-8683, or visit www.freedomfreequote.com , for more information on this important time period.
Over the years we have found there is a lot of confusion concerning Medicare Part B and COBRA. Many people think that as long as they have COBRA, they don’t need Medicare Part B. Unfortunately, the special rule for delaying Part B is based on current employment(either you or your spouse). COBRA is not considered current employment coverage. Most people are able to delay enrolling in Part B, as long as they are still working. Once the employment ends, however, the clock starts ticking. You will have 8 months to sign up for Part B without a penalty. If you wait for COBRA to end, or go past the 8 months, you can be subject to a penalty of 10% of your Part B premium for each year that you were not enrolled. And that penalty stays with you as long as you have Medicare. Even more important, if you miss that deadline, you would have to wait until the next General Enrollment Period(from January 1st until March 31st each year), and your Part B coverage wouldn’t start until July 1st. This could have devastating consequences if a serious illness were to strike during that time. Another important thing to remember is that your Medigap Open Enrollment Period begins when you are both 65 and enrolled in Part B. This is a one time opportunity to purchase a Medicare Supplement policy, regardless of your health conditions. Some people go back to work, or get on a spouse’s current employment coverage, after enrolling in Part B. At this time, you may be able to disenroll from Part B, and enroll at a later time(such as when that employment ends), without a penalty. This can sometimes be a good strategy, but it is important to remember that your Medigap Open Enrollment doesn’t re-start. With more people working longer, delaying Social Security, or Part B, it more important now than ever to have good advice on your Medicare choices and deadlines. Please call at 877-740-8683, for a personal review of your situation.