April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Medicare

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WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration are planning another round of healthcare initiatives that could include lowering the Medicare eligibility age, following their major expansion of the Affordable Care Act this year.

Democrats are still negotiating over which healthcare policy elements could be in the second of two spending programs the administration plans to unveil soon, according to congressional aides and industry groups.

The package is likely to contain measures to reduce drug prices and expand health coverage, lawmakers said. Proposals to expand Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 60 and to enable the federal government to negotiate drug prices

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at a glance

  • Tufts offers Medigap plans in the state of Massachusetts.
  • If you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, you can buy Plan 1 and have coverage for the Part B deductible.
  • Plans 1a and Core are available to all Massachusetts Medicare beneficiaries.
  • You can add optional dental coverage to any Tufts plan.

Tufts Health Plan was founded in Massachusetts in 1979. Today the company has grown to offer Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement plans in many areas of Massachusetts.

Tufts offers the three Medigap plans available in Massachusetts: Plan 1, Plan 1a, and Core.

Tufts Medicare

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at a glance

  • Priority Health offers six Medigap plans to Michigan residents.
  • Priority Health doesn’t offer plans B, K, L, or M.
  • Priority health does offer plans C and F — but only to Medicare enrollees who were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020.

Priority Health was founded as Lakeshore HMO in 1985. The company has been known as Priority Healthcare since 1992, and it’s one of the largest health insurance companies in Michigan today.

Priority Health offers both Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans to Michigan residents. Medigap plan offerings include:

  • Plan A
  • Plan C
  • Plan D
  • Plan F
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HUNTINGTON — Some Cabell Huntington Hospital retirees and their families are speaking out after receiving a letter stating their supplemental Medicare insurance benefit will be terminated at the end of March.

“Mom got her letter saying effective March 31, 2021, her coverage is terminated,” said Tom Hardiman, whose mother is a retired nurse in Wayne County. “Nice deal when an 82-year-old retired nurse with a lot of medical conditions gets tossed aside.”

The letter, dated Jan. 28, 2021, states, “Cabell Huntington Hospital will no longer offer a Medicare supplement plan to non-bargaining retirees.”

Supplemental coverage is used to help cover

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at a glance

  • WPS is a private health insurer, based in Wisconsin, that sells Medicare supplement insurance plans.
  • These optional plans, also known as Medigap plans, can help offset your share of Medicare costs.
  • WPS offers plans to residents across Wisconsin, plus 14 other states.

Medicare supplement insurance helps people with Medicare cover their costs after Medicare pays its share. These optional plans are also called Medigap plans.

With a Medigap plan, you pay a premium in exchange for potentially lowering your overall share of healthcare costs not paid by original Medicare (parts A and B).

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance

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at a glance

  • ConnectiCare offers Medicare supplement (Medigap) plans to Connecticut residents.
  • Medigap plans, like those offered by ConnectiCare, can help you pay your out-of-pocket Medicare costs.
  • You can only buy a Medigap plan if you have original Medicare, not Medicare Advantage (Part C).

ConnectiCare is a managed care company and subsidiary of New York–based healthcare insurer, EmblemHealth. It offers Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare supplement (Medigap) plans to people who live in Connecticut.

Medigap plans like those offered by ConnectiCare can be used to cover certain costs you’re typically left with after your Medicare coverage is applied.

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