Going through the process of buying a new smartphone or tablet takes a bit of elbow grease, but when the salesman throws in free accessories and tech support, it’s worth it. There’s a peace of mind knowing that the support you’ll need is free.
Extra benefits and peace of mind can be a big plus in health coverage, too. If you have Medicare, thanks to the health care law, you get to enjoy extra benefits like these:
- A discount of 60% on covered brand-name drugs if you hit the Part D prescription drug coverage gap (“donut hole”)
- A host of preventive tests and screenings—including cancer screenings—most at no cost to you
Medicare also covers a yearly "wellness visit" each year. This is a great chance to sit down with your doctor and talk about your needs so you can address small health concerns before they become big ones. You can keep track of your preventive services and get reminders for them at MyMedicare.gov.
Also, most people with Medicare have access to Medicare Advantage Plans, and many of these plans offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover like vision, hearing, dental coverage, prescription drugs, or extended coverage when you travel. Just like deciding which smartphone to buy, only you know what extra benefits and services are most important for you and your family.
During Medicare Open Enrollment, decide what benefits are most important in helping you meet your unique health care needs. Use the Medicare Plan Finder to look at all of the health and drug plan options in your area.