Medicare Must-Do Before the Holidays
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and good cheer. But they can also be a time of stress, especially for those on Medicare. With so many things to do, it can be easy to forget about your Medicare coverage.
That’s why it’s important to take some time before the holidays to ensure you have the coverage you need. Here are a few things you should do:
Review your Medicare coverage. Make sure you understand what your Medicare plan covers and what it doesn’t. This includes checking your coverage for preventive care, prescription drugs, and hospital stays. You can find this information on your Medicare plan’s website or by calling your plan’s customer service number.
Enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan. If you don’t have a Part D plan, now is the time to enroll. The open enrollment period for Part D plans runs from October 15 to December 7 each year. You can compare Part D plans and enroll in a plan that meets your needs on the Medicare Plan Finder website.
Get your flu shot. Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. The flu can be serious, especially for older adults and people with chronic health conditions. Medicare covers flu shots for beneficiaries who have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office, a local pharmacy, or a public health clinic.
Make sure you have enough of your medications. Before you travel for the holidays, make sure you have enough of your medications to last you through your trip. You may also want to ask your doctor for a letter of authorization in case you need to refill your prescriptions while you are away.
Review your Medigap coverage. If you have Medigap coverage, review your policy to make sure you have the coverage you need. You may want to consider switching plans if there are better options available. The open enrollment period for Medigap plans runs from January 1 to February 1 each year. You can compare Medigap plans and enroll in a plan that meets your needs on the Medicare Plan Finder website.
By taking these steps before the holidays, you can help ensure that you have the Medicare coverage you need to stay healthy and well.
- Keep your Medicare card with you at all times. This will help ensure that you have your card when you need it.
- Ask your doctor about any new medications or treatments you may need. Your doctor can help you make sure that your medications and treatments are covered by your Medicare plan.
- Be aware of Medicare scams. There are many scams that target Medicare beneficiaries. Be sure to protect your personal information and never give out your Medicare card number to anyone you don’t know and trust.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you have a happy and healthy holiday season.
I hope this blog post has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult with your doctor to discuss your specific Medicare needs.