MedicareADRC: Your Unbiased Medicare Expert
Medicare Open Enrollment is going on NOW! Ends 12/7
Is your plan right for you?
Can you save money?
Will your medications be covered?
Plans change every year.
In 2021, there are 42 Medicare Advantage Plans and 31 Medicare Part D plans offered in Brown County compared to 35 Advantage and 30 Part D plan in 2020.
Even if your plan is offered again in 2021, we recommend comparing plans to ensure the plan you choose meets your needs and priorities for coverage.
ADRC is your source for unbiased, up-to-date Medicare information.
- Serving residents of Brown County
- We are not insurance agents
- We are not affiliated with any insurance company
Click the “Request Your Medicare Plan Comparison” button below to electronically submit your information and request for services. If you would prefer to talk to a Benefit Specialist over the phone, call us (920) 448-4300.
See what plan is right for you.
We Take the Mystery out of Medicare
Medicare is complicated. ADRC staff and specially trained volunteers are here to answer your questions and take the mystery out of Medicare. Below are a few sample questions.
I’m 65 still working and have coverage with my employer, am I required to sign-up for Medicare?
I am about to turn 65 and am getting a lot of mail from insurance companies.
There are many Medicare health plans to choose from. The ADRC does not sell insurance. We do provide unbiased information about your Medicare options.
Attending one of our Medicare workshops (see above) provided monthly throughout the year will help you understand how Medicare works so you can make an informed decision about the plan that will work best for you.
Do I have choice in selecting Medicare coverage options?
Medicare coverage options can be confusing. This very basic Medicare Coverage: Your Options Chart illustrates your options. Call us 920-448-4300 we will explain the details of how each option works.
My Medicare coverage is expensive, is there a way to save money?
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Medicare has New Tool to Help You
9/22/2020 | Medicare.gov
Medicare has a new online tool that will make it easier for individuals to find and compare Medicare providers, including:
- Doctors & clinicians
- Nursing homes
- Home health services
- Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
- Long-term care hospitals
- Dialysis facilities
Individuals will be able to compare providers by geography, cost, professional experience, government ratings, and other factors.
Stay in the Know with these Medicare Workshops
ABCD's Of Medicare
Learn about the full scope of the Medicare program:
- Different parts of Medicare
- Enrollment information
- Coverage options
Now available online! You need a computer, tablet, or smart phone and internet service to participate.
Choose from one of the following sessions:
Click here for more detailed medicare resources.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
at 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
at 2-3 p.m.
Medicare Enrollment due to Loss of Employer Health Coverage
If you have lost your group health coverage due to a job loss, layoff, or furlough and had put off enrolling into Medicare or declined Medicare Part B you should explore requesting those benefits now. It will not only give you health coverage but help you to avoid penalties in the future.
Individuals who were covered under a group plan due to active employment or employment of a family member have a special eight month enrollment period to request Medicare Part A and/or Part B through the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA has put together instructions see this Special Medicare Enrollment flyer.
Call a Benefit Specialist at the ADRC (920) 448-4300 with questions or for more information.
ADRC is your unbiased Medicare expert.
Medicare Money Savings Programs
Below is a short description of some plans that can help reduce the cost of Medicare. ADRC is your best source to determine if you qualify and how to apply.
Medicare Savings Program
At the low end this program pays for Part B premiums at the high end it pays Part A and B premiums along with deductibles and coinsurance for original Medicare. Eligibility is subject to gross income and asset requirements. This Medicare Savings Program flyer has more information.
Prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents age 65 or older who meet enrollment requirements. It can be used to meet Medicare’s drug coverage requirement or with other Medicare drug plans to lower medication costs. Annual growth income used to determine eligibility and coverage. Go to www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/seniorcare or call an ADRC Benefit Specialist to learn more or pick up an application at ADRC.
Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy-LIS)
It can help pay premiums, deductible, and co-pays for prescription medications. Income and resource limits apply. Limits change annually. Medicaid recipients are automatically eligible but others are encouraged to apply.
Go to www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/prescriptionhelp to apply.
Patient Assistance Program
Offered by pharmaceutical companies to help eligible patients purchase costly medications. Not all medications have assistance programs. Programs have financial and coverage restrictions. A portion of the application will need to be completed by the prescribing physician. To see if you medication has an assistance program search by the med name on these sites: www.needymeds.org or www.goodrx.com
Medicare & You Booklet
medicare.gov/medicare-and-you Provided by CMS annually to all Medicare participants this booklet gives a lot of valuable information about Medicare. Find the booklet in different formats, i.e.: audio, electronic, and languages other than English.