I just got a mailing from AARP regarding their United Health Care Supplement to Medicare.
Right now, I am working and have a good Group Plan so Medicare is secondary (I'm just doing the free Part A).
When I retire, I would do Medicare Parts A and B but it would actually be a Medicare Advantage Plan (BC/BS).
BUT, this supplement plan looks good. The Medicare Plan itself is roughly $115/month. The supplement would be another $128 per month with my AARP discount for their very best plan which would cover the 20% that Medicare doesn't pay plus anything above that (ie: if the doctor charges more than what Medicare allows, the supplement pays that too). Also, if I enroll during the open enrollment period (for me it would be when I retire from my job -- hopefully not for a year or two, but I'll see how this disease plays out) there is no pre-existing condition exclusion.
I seen this very useful since I suspect many doctors would charge a lot more than the Medicare Approved amounts. This supplement plan would pay that. Of course, I am paying $128/month for that privilege. The supplement also pays the Medicare Part B deductible ($155.). Any thoughts?
Also, another insurance question. My wife is 5 years younger than I. When I go on Medicare and lose my group health plan, is she covered via Medicare? I assume not. (I think my retirement plan will cover her).
So, is anyone else using this Plan? Comments?
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