With the open registration season for Medicare plans having started on the 15th of October, the time to choose a new 2016 Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan is now. The registration is only open until the 7th of December, so time is most certainly of the essence. To help you make the best healthcare choices possible, here are five tips that will make your experience much easier.
1.) Get to know the MedicareHelp.org’s website
Medicare.gov is a powerful tool, and it can help you find the best deals for your particular medical needs. However, it can also be very confusing, with a host of different buttons, options, and menus. Medicare Help’s platform keeps it simple, where you can see all your available plans and your costs on one screen. And we provide the same information that Medicare.gov offers. MedicareHelp.org could be useful in your search for the cheapest healthcare.
2.) Know your drugs
There are many factors that could affect your payment with regard to your drugs. Their dosages, particular restrictions surrounding them (such as requiring prior authorization or step-up therapy), co-payments (flat payments that could drastically increase the cost of your plan), or a myriad of other factors could all change your plan. Make sure you know everything about your drug(s) before attempting to choose a 2016 Medicare Part D plan. The different combinations of drugs, dosages, pharmacies, regions, and more all affect the cost outcome. Finding the right 2016 Medicare Advantage or Part D plan for you personal health combination accurately could save you hundreds of dollars.
3.) Look at the quality ratings
Each plan has a unique rating, from zero stars to five stars. This rating is drawn up based on a number of factors, including previous customer satisfaction and the overall value of the plan. Plans that receive ratings of four stars or above are given money by the government to spend on the healthcare of members of that plan, so plans with these ratings are likely to be very cost-efficient.
4.) Be willing to change pharmacies
Similar to the list of preferred drugs, the list of preferred pharmacies changes each year, and your local best pharmacy that you have been using for years may not be cheaper than its competition down the street. Don’t miss out on significant savings simply because you won’t change pharmacies.
5.) Do your research every year
Just because the drug that you are on this year is on the list of preferred medications this year does not mean that it will also be on the list for next year. Checking up every year will ensure that you make the most informed decision possible. On the Medicare.gov website, you are currently only able to compare two pharmacies at a time, so you may have to search for your particular drug and dosage many times before you find the lowest price possible.
While choosing a Medicare plan can be intimidating, following these tips will make it easier to find the best deal for you, and make sure that you are kept healthy without breaking the bank.