Becoming Medicare eligible and filling out Medicare forms go hand in hand. One of the first things you need to do before enrolling is to fill out Medicare Forms.
Conveniently, you can obtain many of the Medicare forms online by visiting the Medicare website. Below we’ll discuss the different forms you may need, where to find them, and where to submit them.
An Explanation of Medicare Forms
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services has an agency within; this is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Forms are generally a requirement for enrollment, appeals, and change of authority. Filling out forms can seem daunting; however, most forms you can find online by downloading the PDF file.
Initial Medicare Forms
It’s important to remember your Medicare enrollment application goes to Social Security and not Medicare. Additionally, you won’t be automatically enrolled in Medicare.
You can apply by:
- Visiting your local Social Security office
- Social Security online
- Call Social Security. Representatives are available 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday.
Want to sign up for Part B while working or during the eight months after employer coverage ends? You need the Request for Employment Information Form.
New to Medicare Forms
When you’re new to Medicare, filling out the Initial Enrollment Questionnaire (IEQ) is essential. Although, this form will inform Medicare about your other health insurance, helping them determine if Medicare will be primary or secondary.
Approximately 3 months before your Medicare coverage begins, you’ll receive a letter with your MyMedicare.gov instructions, username, and password.
The IEQ can be completed online, following the instructions you receive in the mail is important.
Sign Up for Medicare Auto-Payment
Medicare Easy Pay allows you to have premium payments automatically deducted from your account. Although, if you’d like to enroll, filling out the Authorization Agreement for Pre-authorized payments form is necessary.
You can find this document online or by contacting Medicare directly.
How to File a Claim
Most of the time you won’t file your own claims. However, if you have a foreign travel emergency, you may need to submit a claim yourself.
There are other times you may need to submit your own claim; however, it’s unlikely.
Although if you do need to file a Claim, you can find the file online. The form is a Patient Request for Medical Payment. This includes both supplies and services.
Filing an Appeal with Medicare
You want to file an appeal when you don’t agree with a Medicare payment decision.
Appeal forms with Medicare can seem intimidating; having a policy with us, you’ll have a team of Client Service Agents that can handle an appeal situation.
For those that don’t have a policy with us, you can find each appeal form online. Each level of appeal requires a separate form.
Medicare Forms You May Need During the Appeals Process
Appealing a claim is a process and having all the tools you need is important.
If you want to appoint a representative or transfer appeal rights, these are the forms you’ll need:
- Want to appoint a representative to assist you with the appeal? You need to fill out the Appointment of Representative form
- Want to transfer your appeal rights to a provider or supplier? You need to file a Transfer of Appeal Rights form
Depending on your appeal, you may need to file several times, each form is different.
- The forms you could need include the initial appeal request form is the 1st level of the appeals process. The Redetermination Request form is a requirement.
- If you’re unhappy with the decision from the redetermination you can submit the Medicare Reconsideration Request form.
- Finally, if you’re unhappy with the 2nd level appeal, request a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You can request this by filling out the Request for Administrative Law Judge Hearing or Review of Dismissal form.
File Complaints with Medicare
The process for filing a grievance against a Medicare provider will depend on who and what the issue is about.
Whether the issue is with a healthcare establishment or with your Medicare insurance company. If you wish to file a grievance about a doctor or hospital, you can contact the Quality Improvement Organization; also, you can contact the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
Submit a Medicare complaint form to file a complaint about your Medicare plan.
Contact Medicare if you have an issue with a Durable Medical Equipment supplier or your reporting Medicare fraud. Although, if you have private Medicare Insurance, contacting your plan to discuss complaints is always an option.
An appeal and a complaint are two different things. Appeals are when you don’t agree with Medicare’s coverage decisions. Complaints are related to treatment and quality of service.
Authorize Medicare to Share Personal Health Information
Many times, a spouse will want their partner to have access to their personal health information. If this describes you, fill out the Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information form.
This form is available online or you can contact Medicare for the information.
Unavailable Medicare Forms
Many Medicare forms are in the links above. If you know the name of the form, you could search on the Medicare website for the document.
If you don’t know the form you need, talking with Medicare directly is an option. Also, they have representatives available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
However, for those on Medicare Advantage plans or Part D Prescription Drug Plans; contact the insurance company for information on which form to submit. Also, your insurance companies contact information is on the back of your insurance card.
Again, if you have a policy with our company, you get free access to a Client Services Team. These agents will assist you with forms, claims and any issues that may arise during the life of your policy.
To get coverage that fills the gaps of Medicare, call an agent at the number above. You can also fill out an online rate form and discover your best policy today.