Good news! Some much anticipated changes to Medicare are on the horizon. So, whether you’re recently retired, newly enrolled in Medicare, or you’ve been on Medicare for a while, here’s what you need to know.
1. A New Look for Your Medicare Card
Your Medicare card is getting a makeover. Beginning in April of this year, Medicare began replacing their red, white, and blue cards with ones that no longer show your Social Security number. Instead, the cards will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claims status. Medicare is finally doing its part to strengthen fraud protection and ensure your personal information is secure.
Learn more and view a sample of the new Medicare ID card.
2. Medigap Changes Coming in 2020
Starting in 2020, Congress will no longer allow Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans C, F, and F High Deductible to cover the Medicare Part B annual deductible. Today the Part B deductible is $183. If you currently have a Medigap Plan C, F, or F High Deductible policy, this will not affect you. The current Plan C, F, and F High Deductible plan that you have today will continue to cover your Part B deductible providing you remain in the plan and continue to pay your monthly plan premium. Any newly enrolled beneficiaries who purchase a Medigap Plan C, F, or F High Deductible policy after January 1, 2020, will have to pay their part B deductible the first time they use their Part B service; for instance, when they visit a doctor.
3. Changes to the Prescription Drug “Donut Hole”
If you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, you’ve probably heard of the coverage gap that’s sometimes called the Medicare donut hole. This means that after you and your Medicare drug plan have spent a certain amount of money for covered prescription drugs, you may have to pay for some or all the costs of your prescriptions up to a certain limit. There are exciting changes to the donut hole scheduled between now and 2020. Basically, the amount you will have to pay in the donut hole will decrease each year. Which means that a year and a half from now, you’ll pay no more than 25 percent for covered brand-name and generic drugs in the donut hole!
Learn more about Medicare drug savings coming through 2020.
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