You would ask advice about an outfit, read a review about a new restaurant, or consult a consumer guide before buying a car, right? So why wouldn't you ask for advice when it comes to choosing your Medicare plan? Decisions — both big or small — are often easier made with the advice of others. Choosing a health insurance plan shouldn't be any different. If you have questions about what Medicare plan is right for you, or you're in the market for a new Medicare plan, consider reaching out to the following people for advice:
1. Your doctor
Your primary care physician (PCP) is a great resource when it comes to your health care. They also may be able to help guide your decision when choosing a Medicare plan. Start by asking if your doctor accepts Medicare. If your doctors and providers accept it, your out-of-pocket costs may be less. Your doctor knows your health history and may be able to provide insight on any tests or screenings you may need in the future, especially if you're living with a chronic condition. Check out more questions to ask your doctor about Medicare plans.
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2. Friends and family
Chances are some of your friends and relatives are going through — or recently went through — the same decision process you are with picking a Medicare plan. Talk to them about what mattered most, and some of the factors they used when choosing a plan. Talking to friends and loved ones can help you weigh your options and understand the enrollment process in general. Remember that everyone's health is different, so a friend who has a chronic condition like diabetes may choose a plan based on the coverage and care they'll receive. Keep your health top of mind and choose the plan that best fits your health needs.
3. Medicare Resources
You're in the right place. This article is one of many Medicare articles that can help you. For more Medicare-focused and senior health and wellness articles, you can visit our Medicare resource center. You can also call Aetna's dedicated team of licensed Medicare TeleAdvisors. Simply call 1-833-217-8226 (TTY: 711), Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Our team can help simplify the process and take the guesswork out of choosing a plan, so you can feel good about your coverage selection.
More tips for selecting a plan that's right for you
You've asked around. You've researched online. Now what? Remember, there are many things to consider when it comes to choosing a Medicare plan, like costs, benefits, your current health, and prescriptions you may be taking. Follow this checklist to make sure you've done your due diligence and check off all the Medicare boxes.
Amy Capomaccio is a health care writer at Aetna with experience in senior wellness, Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health care. When she's not practicing new mindfulness techniques, Amy is spending time outdoors and traveling. Amy hails from Wakefield, MA and has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Tampa.
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