Medicare is the country’s largest health insurance program. And it’s only going to grow more important in the coming years, as millions of older adults become eligible for it over time. As a matter of fact, every single day, 10,000 Boomers turn 65, making them eligible to become Medicare beneficiaries.
So Medicare is a huge part of millions of people’s lives . . . But how do people actually feel about it?
If recent research is any indication, people are intimidated by the prospect of enrolling in Medicare for the first time, or reviewing their coverage every year.
Would You Rather Shop for Medicare, or . . .
Consider this: According to a recent survey brought to our attention by AARP, older Americans are more likely to shop for cable and internet plans than they are for Medicare.
In fact, only about 40 percent of those surveyed say that they review their Medicare plan annually—compared to 44 percent who review their cable/internet plans every year.
What’s more, according to that survey, 23 percent of seniors said they found reviewing their Medicare plan to be the most unpleasant or second-most unpleasant task they could face when choosing from a list. A list that also included “getting a colonoscopy” and “going to the dentist, for the record. So, what does that tell you about what people truly think of Medicare?
And that’s not all. Another survey from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and UnitedHealthcare revealed that:
- More than half of their respondents “find Medicare confusing or do not understand it at all,” and “most do not understand the program’s structure”
- 19 percent of respondents already enrolled in Medicare said they “do not know what type of coverage they have”
- Among Boomers expecting to start with Medicare, 26 percent said that they feel “nervous” about enrolling; another 14 percent described themselves as “overwhelmed”
- Nearly half of those surveyed reported that they “never shopped around to find the best coverage.” Another 25 percent of respondents answered that they “have not shopped in two or more years”
And here’s the thing . . . People who aren’t looking at all of their choices for Medicare are leaving money on the table!
Saving Money on Medicare
That NCOA survey also pointed out that a significant number of Medicare beneficiaries are “worried about their ability to pay out-of-pocket healthcare costs,” yet most “are not taking steps to save money on their coverage.”
In order to restore consumers’ confidence—and put more money back in their pockets—there’s a real need for more education on what options people have available when it comes to Medicare. This includes Medicare supplemental insurance.
Also called Medigap, Medicare supplemental insurance is private health insurance, designed to help pay some of the health care costs that original Medicare doesn’t cover, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
Medicare supplement plans are considered the “Gold Standard” of coverage by most doctors, hospitals, and Medicare recipients. These insurance plans can help “fill in the gaps” in your coverage, and may save you thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs every year, all while allowing you to access specific care providers and specialized services.
We Know Medicare Can Be Intimidating
Finding the best Medicare solution for your needs can be tricky. That’s why the Enrollment Specialists will take every step possible to help make it easier for you!
Our owner and principal consultant Matt Peebles is here to be your trusted advisor on all things Medicare, including supplemental plans! With Matt on your side, you’ll always be able to say, “I Got A Guy!” for all things insurance, whether you’re reviewing your coverage or enrolling for the first time.
We know that there’s a lot of information out there about your Medicare options, and it’s coming at you from all sides at once—over the radio, in the mail, on TV, and through the internet. Narrowing down your options and selecting the right plan can be a frustrating experience.
Matt and the Enrollment Specialists can help cut through all of that noise, in order to find the solution that works best for you.
At the Enrollment Specialists, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter care. As your consultant, Matt will sit down with you and truly get to know what makes you unique. From there, he’ll help you customize the insurance policy that will best suit your needs, working with you at every step of the way to make sure that your costs are always minimized and your coverage is at its peak.
More importantly? Matt won’t just be your health insurance broker; he’ll be your own personal healthcare insurance consultant, always ready to work with you and never more than a phone call away.
With Matt, you won’t ever have to worry about dealing with frustrating call centers, faceless online chatrooms, or miles of red tape.
Instead, for the entire life of your policy, Matt will be your main point of contact whenever you have any questions or concerns about your coverage. Whether you need some quick advice or help with a more complicated policy concern, this health insurance superhero will be there.
With the Enrollment Specialists, you’ll always be able to get hold of a real person and receive stellar customer service from someone you know and trust.
Curious about what choices are out there when it comes to your Medicare coverage options? Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns today! We’re here and ready to help set you down the right path to a more secure financial future.