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Medicare Changes for 2020

There are plenty of big changes in 2020 when it comes to Medicare. These changes impact all current and future beneficiaries. Changes range from coverage, plan options, and so much more. In this context, you’ll learn which plans are going away, cost changes, and how we can help you. Keep reading to review these changes!

For 2021 changes, you can read our article on Medicare in 2021.

Medicare Increases in 2020

Part A increases include premium raises for those that aren’t eligible for premium-free Part A. In 2020, Part A costs up to $458 a month instead of the previous year being $437 monthly. Those that meet some of the work credits will pay $252 instead of last year’s $240 monthly premium. The Part A deductible increased from $1,364 to $1,408 in 2020.

Part B premiums went from $135.50 last year to $144.60 in 2020. Further, the deductible went up from $185 to $198 in 2020.

First Dollar Coverage Plans are Going Away

In 2020, there are no more first-dollar plans available to those Medicare-eligible after 2020. First-dollar coverage plans are Medicare Supplement plans that cover all deductibles, coinsurances, and copayments.

The three Medicare Supplement Plans considered first-dollar coverage plans are:

  1. Plan C
  2. Plan F
  3. High Deductible Plan F

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 eliminates all Medigap Plans that cover the Part B deductible.

The reason for the change is due to some members of Congress believing Medicare beneficiaries are over-using healthcare services.

With no out of pocket costs, playing it safe was priceless.

By making everyone meet the Part B deductible, legislators hope to prevent recipients from going to the doctor for every minor ailment.

Critics argue that the deductible may keep people from getting the care they need. When people don’t see a doctor, they can end up with serious conditions down the road.

Will Plan G Accept Guaranteed Issue If You’re Newly Eligible

Another important fact, MACRA is making both Plan G and Plan D Guaranteed Issue plans for “newly-eligible” beneficiaries not able to sign up for Plan C or Plan F.

Remember, if you’re eligible before 2020,  you’re still eligible for a Guarantee issue with Plan C and Plan F.

New High Deductible Plan G in 2020

Even though Plan F High Deductible is not a first-dollar coverage plan, it’s being discontinued since it’s a plan that falls under Plan F.

The good news is, there’s a new high-deductible plan coming in 2020, High Deductible Plan G.  In 2020, any beneficiary can sign up for High-Deductible Plan G.

What are the Medicare Premiums for 2020

As you know, Medicare isn’t free. And, CMS officially announced the increases, the 2020 Medicare Part B premium will be $144.60.

For those that collect Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits, this amount will be automatically deducted from your monthly benefits check.

What is the 2020 Medicare Deductible

The Part B deductible in 2020 is $198. Also, the Part A deductible is $1,408 in 2020.

Medicare Advantage Changes for 2020

Due to the Bipartisan Budget Act, Medicare Advantage plans will be undergoing a few changes. Starting in 2020, Medicare Advantage plans will begin offering supplemental home health benefits.

Some of these benefits include adult day-care, transportation, telehealth, meal delivery, and more.

Further, some Medicare Advantage plans will cover End-Stage Renal Disease patients. Right now, End-Stage Renal Disease is the only condition that prevents people from enrolling in Part C.

Also, in 2020, Medicare Advantage enrollment periods will include the Open Enrollment Period that was once the dis-enrollment period.

Will Medicare Premiums Increase

Each fall, Medicare announces Part A and Part B rate changes. We’ll make sure to include this information as soon as it’s released.

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Lindsay Engle

Lindsay Engle is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ. She has been working in the Medicare industry since 2017. She is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare. You can also find her over on our Medicare Channel on YouTube as well as contributing to our Medicare Community on Facebook.

78 thoughts on “Medicare Changes for 2020

  1. I am a 52 year old male with Myeloma (incurable bone/blood cancer). After two years of Social Security Disability, I will be eligible for Medicare as of Nov. 1, 2019. In short, I have had, and anticipate, enormous medical costs each year and for the foreseeable future, making Plan F or G tempting to me.

    It appears the current consensus is that Plans F and G will experience extreme premium increases going forward. I would like to ask if that might NOT happen as expected. My reasoning is that the historically high unpredictability of claims, due to forced acceptance of new enrollments, has forced actuaries to include higher uncertainty risk adjustments to their premiums. As the pool becomes more stable/predictable, although obviously with high claims, couldn’t these uncertainties be expected to reduce, lessening upward pressure on premiums?

  2. I am Medicare eligible Jan 2020…I am looking for a reasonable plan and not pay too much when I need it..I do not run to doctors only when need be…I will need a supplement January 2020

    1. Hi Gloria! Once you know your Part B effective date, give us a call and we’ll be able to compare all your options side by side to find you a reasonable plan that won’t cost you too much.

  3. I am 76 yrs. of age; Medicare A&B participant and secondary insurance is Tricare for Life. Received a statement as follows: 1/2/2020 Chg. 99213 office/outpatient est. 15 min. $180.55. 1/30/2020: Tricare pymt. $75.52. 2/7/2020: Adjustment: Medicare Virginia Payment $29.51. Left to pay: $75.52. Called the billing company: told that Medicare deductible in 2019 was $185.00 and 2020 the deductible is $198.00; told that I must pay $75.52 in order to begin to reach the $198.00 deductible for 2020. Question: I have never paid a Medicare deductible, why now?

    1. Hi Virginia! TFL covers the Medicare Part B deductible as long as the health care service is covered by both Medicare and TRICARE. In your scenario, TRICARE should be responsible for covering your Part B deductible. It may be that the billing company billed Medicare and/or TRICARE incorrectly. The way you explained it in your question, it looks like they billed TRICARE first, then Medicare. When the correct way is the other way around. The billing company should’ve billed Medicare first since that’s your primary coverage… then TRICARE second since that’s your secondary coverage. I hope this helps!

  4. My husband is 70 and I am 72. We both have the usual chronic aging conditions (blood pressure, etc) but are otherwise fairly healthy. We moved to Israel and are covered under a good health care plan there. However, we still have our US citizenship and continue to pay for Medicare. In December, in order to save premium costs, we switched from Plan F to a Medicare Advantage plan. Our company didn’t cancel the Plan F, however. So we now have the question as to whether to keep the Plan F (at almost $700/mo for the two of us), or drop it and go to the Advantage plan. We are concerned that if we drop it, and then either return to the US, or have a health condition that is better treated in the US, we may have trouble finding premium care on the Advantage plan… Thoughts?

    1. Hello! Thank you for your question. So, you’re not legally allowed to have both a Medigap plan & Medicare Advantage plan at the same time. Since Medicare Advantage is what you most recently enrolled in, you technically cannot use the Medigap plan benefits you were currently enrolled in. (that you are apparently still paying for!) Any medical expenses billed to Medicare would automatically default to your Advantage plan carrier. You’re 100% correct with your Medicare Advantage plan concerns. We have an FAQ article on the benefits of Medicare Advantage vs Medicare Supplements that would be a great one for you to read. If you’re looking to have the same, or similar benefits as Plan F, Medicare Advantage is not the route you want to go. If you want to lower your monthly premiums, I would look into either Plan G, High Deductible Plan G, or High Deductible Plan F. Plan G will have a cheaper monthly premium and only leave you responsible for the Part B deductible. Both high-deductible versions have the same benefits as their standard counterpart, the only difference is the deductible of $2,340 you must meet first before all your benefits pay 100% of your out of pocket expenses. Another option is Plan N, which will also reduce your monthly premium as long as your okay having a small copay at the doctors’ office and paying the Part B deductible. If this is your first time leaving your Medigap plan for an Advantage plan, then you’ll have an SEP called “trial rights.” These trial rights allow you to drop your Advantage plan and switch back to Plan F within a 12 month period. This SEP can only be used once. Also, the annualMedicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is happening now and will end on March 31st. This will allow you to also drop your Advantage plan and switch back to Original Medicare and pick up a Medigap plan. However, you’ll have to answer health questions and your premiums may go up. The good news is, if you do have trial rights, the premiums will be the same as they were before. The only downfall is you have to enroll back in the same plan, which in your case would be Plan F. I would give us a call so one of our agents can get you enrolled in the right plan for your situation. I hope this helps!

  5. Good day Sir /Madam my father is here in the Philippines for good.Can I cancel his Mecare,medical insurance Part B..Because he is not using it.and he have his Philhealth insurance here in the Philippines.That $144.60 they are deducting from his monthly benefits is a lot of money here.We can save that for his future needs since he is already 99 years old.

    1. Hi Gilbert! If your father is no longer residing in the United States, then yes, you can cancel his Part B. However, if he were to return to the United States and went to enroll back into Part B, he could be penalized for each month he went without coverage.

  6. My mom is 80 and is receiving social security, now that the new 2020 medicare part b is reducing her benefit she will no longer be able to live off the remaining funds. Can she cancel part B plan and find another alternative so her benefits isn’t effected?

    1. Hey Michelle! Thank you for asking this question! So, I do NOT recommend you cancel your mom’s Part B without speaking to one of our agents. That’s very dangerous to do without the guidance of someone licensed and experienced. Your mom could be penalized for not having creditable coverage. She may qualify for a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program. This program helps low-income beneficiaries pay their Part B premium and deductible. A QMB would be a good option for her situation. As long as her income is less than $1,060 per month, she should qualify. Give us a call so we can help!

  7. Was in hospital with heart attack during sign up for new Medicare plan. The hospital screw up my health insurance. Did not not charge Medicare or my extra insurance company. Trying to get me to pay the whole bill. In Michigan our hospitals are crap. They do nothing for for American people. But I should should say I’m illegal or a Muslim who get health care free.

    1. Hi PJ! You said you were “in the hospital during sign up for new Medicare plan.” Did you finish signing up prior to your stay? It sounds like your Medicare coverage was not in effect prior to being admitted into the hospital.

  8. I work as a social worker in a hospital setting where I deal a lot with insurances and getting people post-hospital services and medical equipment. It seems like year after year it gets harder for Medicare patients to obtain services or needed equipment. For example, there’s going to be sweeping changes to Medicare Home Health Care services in 2020 because of concern regarding overuse and abuse of the system. But what I often see is the patient’s care is compromised. Care is delayed or the visits become less frequent or stop altogether if they do not meet criteria or don’t have the proper orders or documentation. In addition, to receive Medicare Home Health Care services, you need to be established with a local physician and see them within a short period of time or run the risk of having services stop. What if you’re too weak to get into a car and visit your physician? This is particularly difficult where I live because we have a lot of seasonal residents who don’t have a local primary care physician established. In addition, to get a doctor’s appointment here in town in peak season can be very difficult…we have patients whose physicians are booked for weeks before they can be seen. Sometimes, I can’t help but question all these rules if the ultimate goal of Medicare is to prevent readmission to the hospital and keep patients independent in their homes for as long as possible.

  9. my husband did not enroll in Medicare part B only A because he is covered under my health coverage with my employer. when will be eligible to enroll in part b again?

  10. With the changes to Medicare in 2020 with Part B require prior authorizations for specialty clinic visits, outpatient scans and infusions?

  11. My husband and i, both age 72, have been on original Medicare and Cigna Plan F for the past 2yrs., since we retired and moved to Huntsville, AL. So am I correct that we do not have to change anything at this time, even though Plan F will be dropped in 2020?

    1. Hi Linda! That is correct, there are no changes you need to make. You both will always be eligible for Plan F & any other first-dollar coverage plans after 2020 since you were eligible before 2020.

  12. Is there a way to reach those who made these policies? Medicare is not taking into account the mental disability someone like myself is facing and finding that not one person is able to help. I have been receiving disability benefits since 2008. I involuntarily lost coverage through husband’s work in 2018. My only excuse is that I was not aware of these strict policies. Now I am with NO health insurance, and will be paying late enrollment and penalties for life! how can this be when my income is SSD? Medicare wants to go as far back as 2015? Do I have NO other choice but to wait until 1/20 to enroll and wait for coverage to start on 7/20. I will go without Part B for another 6 months! Can someone help! Thank you,

  13. I’ve been on a Medicare HMO advantage plan for several years now. There is a $0 premium, my primary Dr gets $15.00 co pay, a Specialist ( in the Network) is $35..00. My drug plan has no deductible has no premium, but we go by Tiers, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Tier 1&2 drugs are $0. Etc.i just want to know what is the reason I would do better with a Medicare Supplement plan? I don’t understand about Supplements.. please help me to understand which is better…a Supplement plan or an advantage Plan? Thank you very much.

  14. Is someone who is 80 years old and has had a Medigap Plan C policy for 15 years able to change to a different, less expensive plan for 2020?

    1. Hi Martin! Yes, you can switch Medigap plans at any time. The only thing you have to consider is you’ll have to go through medical underwriting. I would highly recommend giving us a call to make the switch. We can compare all your options including other Medigap letter plans and Medicare Advantage plans.

  15. I will be Medicare eligible Feb 2020 and am automatically enrolled in A & B thru Railroad Retirement.. I just got my Medicare card today. I’m still working at a company with more than 50 employees, so if I keep Medicare Part B, Medicare will be secondary. My question is this, can I keep my employer’s group health insurance, enroll in Medicare Part B, and “waive” enrollment in a Medicare Supplement Plan without starting the penalty clock, because I have group health insurance? Between my employer’s group health plan and Medicare Parts A & B, I would never need to use the supplemental plan.

  16. Would supplement plans C, J and F still be available on 2020 and covering Medicare Part B DED? Also, would there be any new supplemental plans that would cover MC Part B DED with NO high deductibles to meet first?

    1. Hi Katita! Plan J was actually discontinued back in 2010. Plan C & Plan F will still be available in 2020 for those who are Medicare-eligible now, or before 2020. There will not be a new supplement plan offered after 2020 that will cover the Part B deductible. The deductible was the reason for the discontinuation of Plan C & Plan F, CMS doesn’t want any Medigap plans covering the Part B deductible after 2020 for new beneficiaries. The new High-Deductible Plan G will technically cover the Part B deductible since when you pay it, it counts towards the $2,340 deductible. It is still a high deductible plan though. I hope this helps! We also have a GREAT Facebook community that can help answer questions like this!

  17. I use Medicare part A and B as well as an extra help plan. I have a medical condition for which I receive home health and physical therapy. I will possibly need this help for an extended long term period. I may not be eligible for Medicaid even though social security is my only income. What are my options?

    1. Hi Paula! There are too many factors that come into play to give you an answer. I would recommend you give us a call to compare your options. We need to know your location and health conditions to give you accurate information.

  18. Why does United Health Care of NY, for 2020, charge $366.00 per year more for supplement plan F than plan G, when the only difference in coverage is part B deductible coverage in plan G is lacking. Since part B deductible is capped at $198.00 for 2020, it seems foolish to pay $366.00 for $198.00 worth of benefits. Other than that, both plan have the exact same coverage. Am I missing something ?

    1. Hi George! You’re correct and not missing anything! However, every carrier has different premiums per state. So, while it may make more financial sense to go with Plan G with UnitedHealthcare if you’re in New York, it could be the opposite for someone living in a different state.

  19. I see the legislators have made their spiel about trying to stop us from using our ‘benefits’ too much. How about their benefits? Their health care is provided free and I’m sure they use it quite frequently. Yes we get a raise of 2.6 percent on our SSA, but then they kick up the A and B deductions to make sure that they get that raise back. If we got a raise in proportion to what they get, we might be able to actually live off of this stuff.

  20. I am currently age 70 years and have been on Medicare since age 65 years. With that said, I am also retired military with TriCare For Life (TFL) as a secondary that follows basically the same rules as Medicare. My question is this . . . . Why does Social Security seem to give us retiree’s a raise each year only to take it away with increases in all things received. If that is the case, why even bother with increases and just keep the dollars the same across the board instead of trying to confuse those who have a hard time understanding your mocked rules?

    1. Hi Michael! COLA & Medicare increases are two separate topics, but they do impact one another since your Medicare Part B premiums are deducted from your Social Security check each month. Some years the COLA increase is more than Medicare premium increases, so you end up actually seeing a little more in your Social Security check. Unfortunately, that’s not the case every year.

  21. I am 77 years old. All these alpha numbers for Medicare are very confusing. Bottom line do I need to do anything for the 2020 year if I am alright with what I have had. I pay for insurance through my former employ Delta airlines

  22. My husband’s Medicare policy with Humana is being discontinued 12/31/19. With this policy he has 100% coverage. Is he eligible to go to original Medicare and take the plan f or g with no preexisting conditions being considered since his policy is no longer being offered.? It is my understanding that if your policy is discontinued and you have to get something else your preexisting conditions will not be taken into consideration.

    1. Hi Phyllis! Yes, your husband would get a Special Election Period with Guaranteed Issue to enroll in either Plan F or Plan G. You’ll have 63 days from 12/31/19 to get him enrolled in a new plan with Guaranteed Issue. If you still want 100% coverage, have him enroll in Plan F. If you’re okay with paying the $197 Part B deductible to save a few dollars in monthly premiums, then Plan G will also work for him. I hope this helps!

  23. Thank you very much for clarifying on this, Lindsay. One last question is when I switch to Plan F in the future (after 2020), would it be Guaranteed Acceptance?

    1. You’re very welcome Haley! Great question! So, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you would not have Guaranteed Issue in this scenario. You would have to answer underwriting questions during your application to enroll in Plan F. However unless you had a new major health issue, you shouldn’t have any issues with getting approved for the plan. Of course, you can always submit an application without having to leave your current plan. If by chance you’re denied, you still have the other plan to fall back on. Some agents even recommend keeping both plans for a few weeks to make sure you’re happy with your new coverage before you cancel your old coverage. Hope this helps!

  24. I turn 65 this year and started social security at age 62. When I retired I kept my employer insurance FEHB with OPM. I’m trying to decide the most cost-effective and best coverage to carry me into retirement with Medicare. Ive read that since I am on social security I will be automatically enrolled in Medicare A & B. Am I correct that I will need Medicare B to cover the 20% that my private insurance will not cover? I also kept my employee vision and dental insurance when I retired. In your opinion am I lacking in coverage?

    1. Hi Sharon! So yes, you’ll be automatically enrolled in Part A & Part B when you turn 65. Medicare is primary when you are no longer working and you’re receiving retirement FEHB benefits. That means your FEHB will act as your supplemental plan. Medicare will be billed first, then the remaining, including that 20%, will be billed to your FEHB. Having Original Medicare + FEHB gives you great coverage. Especially if you’re keeping your vision and dental benefits with them. The only area I see you lacking in coverage is prescription drug coverage. However, I know FEHB includes prescription drug coverage, so that might be enough for you. We have a great article that goes over FEHB & Medicare benefits too! I hope this helps!

  25. I understand that if I’m eligible for Medicare prior to 1/1/2020, I can still enroll in Plan F which will be discontinued after 2019. Does this mean if I want to switch to F in the future from a different plan I have today (say Plan G), am I allowed to do so?

    1. Hi Haley! Yes, that is correct. Since you were considered Medicare-eligible prior to 2020, you can still enroll in any first-dollar coverage plan, including Plan F, at any time. So let’s say in March of 2020 you decide that you want to leave Plan G and switch to Plan F, you’re allowed to do so. Remember, there will also be a new high-deductible Plan G available to everyone, but not until 2020.

  26. Will the new Medicare law have any affect on people signing up for MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS for the first time in 2020?

  27. I am currently on Medicare with supplemental insurance plan G. Considering switching to a Medicare Advantage plan. If I do and am not happy with it, can I switch back to original Medicare/Supplemental next enrollment period? I only see my doctors annually for checkups.

    1. Hi Rose Marie! You’ll get a 12-month one time free-trial right if you switched from Medigap and Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan & want to switch back. You don’t have to wait for any of the enrollment periods to make the switch back. I would recommend you speak to one of our agents prior to switching to make sure an advantage plan is better for you. They come with lots of limitations that may not work with your healthcare needs.

  28. What a bunch of double talk. Confusing BS. Medicare A,B,C,D,F,G? All I want is coverage when I need it, since I have been paying the monthly premiums for 50 years and rarely used the services. Now that I may need it, I should be able to use it. I am sure many of us feel the same way.

    1. Hi Mary! I’m a little confused by your comment… you don’t pay any Medicare premiums or use the services until you’re Medicare eligible. I’m not sure what you mean by “paying the monthly premiums for 50 years and rarely used the services.” Unless you’ve been on disability for 24 months, or have been 65 for 50 years, this is not possible. Regardless of MACRA, as long as your eligible for Medicare prior to 2020, these changes will not impact the plans available to you. Also, these questions are great to post to our Facebook community!

  29. Please tell Ray above that Medicare does not cover Chemo drugs if he would need them. The advantage plans do. I have plan G. it’s great. My problem is i have high cost in my Dental,Vision,Hearing Plan, Prescription, Gym membership thats not covered with my Supplement. 2020 has increases that will cost me $346.45 per month and thats without the yearly deductible. Yearly that is $4,342.40with the B Deductible.. This is sure cost. Advantage plans have out of pocket with less on some. Which way is best as we don’t know the future?

    1. Hi Marvallene! Part B does cover cancer medications that are given as an outpatient. Original Medicare and Medigap plans do not cover prescription medications. That’s where Part D comes into play. Cancer medications you pick up at the pharmacy would be covered under Part D. Ideally, you would have Part A, Part B, Part D, and a Medigap plan. That will give you protection from high out of pocket costs from cancer treatment and medications. Medicare Advantage plans will leave you with a higher out of pocket costs in the end. If you currently have Plan G with Original Medicare, you would just need to enroll in a Part D plan to cover your medication costs.

  30. Lindsay Engle — Can you please go back and comment/clarify Ray’s comment/question 4-26-19 and Sally’s comment/question 6-12-19. These are useful comments – please let us know your thoughts

  31. I have a Medicare Humana plan which costs $107/mo., and trying to find out if there are changes to my plan for 2020 and what they are. I am supposed to receive info from Humana for 2020 but haven’t yet; when can I expect this information? (We are TX snowbirds and on a time crunch to make our health insurance decisions for next year.) THANK YOU.

    1. Hi Charlene! Normally you should receive your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter in September of each year. If you haven’t received it yet, I would recommend you call Humana directly. However, if you’re already enrolled in a Medigap plan, these changes will not impact your current plan. If you simply want to compare rates in your area to see if there are better rates available to you this year, then we can help.

  32. My husband & I are covered by Tricare for Life as he is a military retiree. How do the 2020 Medical care changes impact us?

  33. I’m so confused. I am 80, been on Medicare for 15 years. Had Medicare A & B and supplemental plan G. Don’t go to the Dr much but pay a sizable amount each month for myself and my husband. On a fixed income now. Does this mean in 2020 I’m going to be priced out if my same coverage?

  34. Hi! I’m from Texas, retired and turned 65 in March of 2018. I was eligible for Part A and Part B, but cannot afford it so, . I dropped it because of my monthly bills. Now I’m thinking about to re-enroll on December of this year. How can I get help to get a health insurance for a fixed low income like me.

    1. Hi Nelia! Most people get Part A free. Unless you had creditable coverage, there’s a penalty for not signing up for Part B when you were first eligible. You should sign up for Part B ASAP to avoid the penalty increasing each year, which will impact your monthly premium forever. You’ll have to wait to enroll in Part A & Part B until the General Enrollment Period. The Medicare General Enrollment Period runs from Janurary 1st-March 31st of each year. For those with a fixed low income, you may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program and/or Extra Help.

  35. The changes are to benefit the insurance companies who will charge more in premium in exchange for having to pay less in benefits (ie the deductible). No doubt they paid off Congress with donations to get this passed. Everyone knows they make billions off insureds and govt subsidies

  36. I have BCBS NC Plan G. I have been told that because I had surgery this year, come 2020 I have to enroll in a different version/plan for at least 6 months before I can sign back up for Plan G. Is that only with BCBS NC or across the board with all Medigap coverage?

    1. Hi Sue! It sounds like we’re missing some important information to give you a correct answer here. I would recommend giving one of our agents a call to discuss your situation further to make sure you’re receiving the right information.

  37. I am told medicare is changing the way doctors are going to be paid. From now on we will have to pay ahead of any procedure. Then we will contact medicare for payment. if this is true no one will be able to afford it.

    1. Hi Michael! As of now, we haven’t heard anything about Medicare changing the way doctors are paid. We’ll make sure to update our readers if we hear anything regarding this!

  38. I am 58 and do not qualify for ss disability. I just received my Medicare award letter to take effect 11-2020 due to my disability. It did not explain what this Medicare will do for me. Do you know?

  39. Who are the members in Congress that voted for this? It is ridiculous to discourage people from seeking medical care when needed by eliminating the Part B deductible from being covered on a supplemental plan that a retiree on a fixed income is paying monthly for out of their own pocket. That is exactly what a supplemental plan is for. If you don’t want to pay for a plan that covers the deductible you don’t have to and can always buy a cheaper plan but if you do pay a higher premium the deductible should be covered. The insurance lobbyists must have really paid off the people in Congress for them to agree to this.


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