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Baby Boomers: How Much Do You Really Know About Medicare?

Are you fully prepared to transition to Medicare? Are you already enrolled in Medicare and think you know how it works? Take this quiz and find out!

 

Let’s be honest: healthcare coverage is a topic most people dread thinking about — yet it’s something we all depend on regularly. Through education comes empowerment, and what better way to learn than to first see what you don’t already know?

I’ve met people who have been enrolled in Medicare for decades, who think they know it all, faily miserably when taking this quiz. To the contrary, I’ve seen folks turning 65 who are first entered in the world of Medicare have their jaws drop when they find out what Medicare does and does not cover.

Take this short quiz to test you knowledge of Medicare. More importantly, learn tips to save on healthcare costs! Be sure to share this quiz with your friends (simply click the social media buttons at the bottom) to see who is the more savvy senior!

 

If you’re a senior living in a nursing home or senior living community and you have Medicare coverage, Medicare may cover the costs of:

Medicare does not cover anything relating to nursing home care or senior living care. It does cover medical/health related expenses/events such as hospital emergencies, doctor visits, medical supplies, and other necessities while you're in the nursing home. Learn more about Medicare & Assisted Living in our article with resources for funding nursing home care.

Your monthly Medicare Part D costs can vary depending on the following factors:

Your Medicare Part D plan can vary with all of these factors. Depending on the plan you choose, your cost can vary greatly - even from one year to the next! It’s important you audit your Part D drug coverage each year to make sure the plan you have still meets your needs and keeps your costs low. Learn more about Medicare Part D and get a free Rx Checkup for a limited time.

Judith is a 78-year-old senior who has been suffering from several signs of ageing. She suffers from severe hearing loss, needs to have a tooth filled, and has to strain her eyes to read. Currently, she is enrolled in Medicare Part A and B. Judith wonders if she will be covered for:

Medicare Part A (which covers services such hospitalizations) and Part B (which covers services like doctor visits and ambulance rides) do not cover a variety of medical services for seniors. Medicare does not cover hearing care, dental care, foot care, acupuncture, vision care, and many other services Seniors sometimes need. It’s important you understand which services are not covered by parts A and B. Then, it’s also recommended to enroll in a separate Dental, Vision, and Hearing plan to ensure your health care issues are addressed without breaking the bank! Check out the plans that My Medicare Partners has to offer for Dental, Vision and Hearing insurance.

Medicare Part B and Medicare Supplement plans offer “preventive care” services at no cost. The following services are covered:

Medicare Part B and Medicare Supplement plans cover a wide range of preventative care services. Nearly all of them cost beneficiaries nothing while covered by the plan. Most of these services are screenings for serious illness that doctors recommend we all get every few years - so take advantage! Learn more about how to visit the doctor with confidence, not confusion by reading our recent blog post.

Viagra is a drug that is used by many males who are eligible. Which plans can help cover some of Viagra’s costs?

The only existing plans that cover Viagra are a small handful of Medicare Advantage plans. However, while some plans cover it, they will only cover a very small portion of it, as Viagra does have a very high cost to produce. Sign up for our Free Rx Checkup and see what prescription medications could be costing you more than you realize.

Over the past ten years, prices for prescriptions for seniors have doubled and continue to grow with no sign of slowing down.

A recent study from the AARP has shown that over 662 widely used prescription drugs for seniors had their prices doubled over (and nearly tripled) in the last decade. During a seven-year span from 2006 to 2013, the average annual retail price for these prescription drugs has gone from $5,571 in 2006 to $11,341 in 2013 and continues to grow to this day. Find a Part D plan that covers your medications at a low monthly cost with a low deductible - you could save hundreds! Let us audit your current prescription medications and see if you’re missing out on valuable cost savings. Sign up today!

How many people in the United State have diabetes?

According to the most recent studies by the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million - or 9.3% - of the US population has diabetes. Over ¼ of people living with diabetes have never been diagnosed! Diabetes especially affects seniors; nearly 12 million of people living with diabetes are over age 65. It’s important to get screened for diabetes annually.

Medicare does not cover mental health screenings or therapy. Medicare plans also don’t cover mental health medications.

Original Medicare’s Part B does cover a depression screening once per year as a part of preventive health care. For people needing ongoing mental health care, Medicare Part B and Medicare Supplement plans cover counseling or therapy with psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other practitioners who accept Medicare assignment. Medicare Part D prescription drug plans also must cover mental health drugs; however the cost and coverage may vary by plan.

What share of all physicians (excluding pediatricians) report that they are accepting new Medicare patients in their practice?

Many physicians are now accepting new Medicare patients in their practices. People who have Medicare Supplement plans can visit any Medicare-approved doctor in the USA! Medicare Supplement beneficiaries don't have to worry about limited provider networks.

Medicare Advantage plans let you go to any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare.

Most Medicare Advantage plans require you to go to doctors or hospital on their list of providers, also known as a provider network. Medicare Supplement plans, on the other hand, allow you to visit any Medicare-approved doctor, facility, and hospital in the nation. Supplement plans, also known as MediGap plans, offer the ultimate flexibility and freedom!

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