How to Get the Most Out of Medicare

How to get the most out of Medicare? Shop plans every year? How often should I change Medicare plans? Can I keep my doctor? Who can help me? GA Medicare expert Bob Vineyard helps.

How to get the MOST out of Medicare
How to Get the Most Out of Medicare

Get the Most for Your Medicare Dollars

How to get the most from your Medicare dollar is a popular question with close to 100 million responses from a Google search.

My clients say “Why didn’t I call you first? You answered all my questions. Never pressured me to buy.”

Do you really want to spend time searching the internet for answers? Or allowing strangers in your home. Agents who will try to SELL you something you don’t want, don’t need and can’t afford.

Here is my “pitch”. Call. Give me 10 minutes to answer your questions. Any question. Then decided if you want my help or not.

I call this “an offer you can’t refuse“.

How to Get the BEST Medicare Plan in Georgia

GA Medicare expert Bob Vineyard reviews the BEST Georgia Medicare plans, news and options. Review our videos. Bob will help you find the RIGHT plan that fits YOUR needs and budget. Call (404)252.5859 or email [email protected] Watch our Medicare videos on YouTube.

There is nothing wrong with buying a Medicare plan online as long as you are prepared for a LOT of phone calls from agents wanting to sell you something you don’t need, don’t want and can’t afford.

If you are turning 65 and enrolling in Medicare, this may be your only chance to purchase a Medicare supplement plan in Georgia. Full report with Medicare supplement rates for ALL Georgia Medigap carriers. Anthem GA Medigap rates include Silver Sneakers

You don’t have to receive Social Security to enroll in Medicare insurance. CMS is the agency that oversees Medicare.

How to enroll in Medicare? You may sign up for Medicare 3 months before your 65th birthday, the month you turn 65, and 3 months following your 65th birthday. You may enroll online (highly recommended), by mail or by visiting a Social Security office.

Shop and compare Georgia Medigap rates online. Instant quote. Up to 30 plans.

FREE REPORT for over 240 different GA Medigap carriers available on request. We quote Medicare supplement rates by phone and email your custom report. No obligation.

Comprehensive Part D Medicare drug plan review for new and existing clients. Learn the secret to saving hundreds on prescription drug costs. A drug plan deductible is your friend

How Does Medicare Work?

Medicare has 4 parts. Your red, white and blue card is broadly accepted by doctors and hospitals alike. No networks! No referrals. No prior authorization.

Medicare Part A covers hospital inpatient charges and has a per admission deductible

Medicare Part B is for outpatient health care treatment. Doctor visits, labs, X-rays, MRI, CT scan (CAT scan), ambulance, ER, outpatient clinics, etc. Essentially any Medicare approved health care received outside the hospital setting. Treatment considered medically necessary under Medicare guidelines. Medicare Part B has a calendar year deductible. Once satisfied, Medicare pays 80% of the approved charge, you are responsible for the remaining 20%.

When you have original Medicare, YOUR DOCTOR AND YOU decide on the care you need. You don’t need approval by an insurance carrier before can receive testing or treatment.

Many seniors worry about hospital stays. But your major expenses will more than likely fall under Medicare Part B outpatient expenses. Original Medicare stand alone has no cap on your out of pocket expenses.

Here is what I tell folks Without a supplement plan you pay until you run out of money, get well or die.

Medicare Part C is now referred to as Medicare Advantage. More on that later.

Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs. Some Advantage plans have drug coverage built into the plan.

Do All Doctors Take Medicare Advantage Plans?

How to get information on doctors that take Advantage policies? Did you know that some doctors and hospitals do not accept ANY Medicare Advantage plans? What happens if your claim is DENIED?

Did you know that Medigap and Advantage plans cover the same things? But what you pay out of pocket for your care, and where you receive your care, is very different.

Original Medicare does not have networks. You can use any doctor or hospital anywhere in the US. Referrals are not required.

All Advantage plans are managed care plans. Some are PPO, some are HMO. In 2018 about half the plans are HMO with the balance being PPO. How are Medicare Advantage plans like a store credit card?

If you receive non-emergency out of network care under a PPO you may have higher copay’s and deductibles. Most importantly, your max OOP may also be higher. Some plans do not cap out of network charges.

Non-emergency out of network care charges may be denied if you have an HMO.

Is Cancer Treatment Covered by Medicare?

Medicare DOES cover your cancer treatments. However, Advantage plans issued in Georgia have a LOT of out of pocket expenses. In other words, you will pay a lot more for treatment under an Advantage plan.

Also, many Advantage plans often require prior authorization BEFORE you can be treated for cancer. Your doctor does not decide your care, the insurance company makes those decisions for you.

ORIGINAL Medicare does not have networks. Prior approval is NOT needed for cancer treatment or any other care. Medicare and a Medigap plan have minimal out of pocket costs.

Mayo Clinic, Sloan Kettering and MD Anderson may not participate in certain Medicare Advantage plans.

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Medicare Part D – Choosing the Right Plan for You

Georgia Medicare Part D Plans vary greatly. When you select the best Georgia Medicare Part D Plans should you include Medicare prescription drug plan benefits? Finding the best GA prescription drug plan is not as simple as you may think. Do you contact Medicare? Or will a health insurance company or Georgia agent give the best advice? (Updated 11/6/2017)

Medicare Part D - Choosing the Right Plan For You


With all the options for prescription drug plans in GA, becoming confused about uncovering the best plan for you is common. Do you choose the plan endorsed by a large senior advocate association? Or do you buy a plan advertised on TV commercials

Where will you turn?


Medicare Part D – Choosing the RIGHT Plan

Mary Searches for an Affordable Drug Plan

Turning 65, Mary signed up for Medicare A and Part B. Then she bought a popular Medicare supplement plan G from an agent in Georgia. The agent was highly recommended by a neighbor who was also a dear friend. Bob took the time to discuss all options and help her choose the best plan for her needs and budget.

Saving money and living on a budget is important to Mary. She asks Bob “how do I find the best Part D, prescription drug plan?”

His answer totally caught her off guard. Bob tells Mary she should not talk to an insurance agent, or call a carrier and speak with them. Why not talk to an agent? Don’t they know about all the plans? Most agents will only tell you about plans that pay them a commission.

In 2017 there are 24 Part D plans but most agents will only show you 3 or 4. Those are the plans that pay them a commission (about $1.50 per month). What about the other 20 or so plans?

Those agents will never bring them up.

Bob Vineyard at Georgia Medicare Plans does things differently. He will take your drug information and run reports on You can do this yourself but why not allow someone that does this every day handle it for you? We run over 600 reports like this every year, but only for our Medigap clients. We review the report with you and show you the best combination of carrier and pharmacy that produces the lowest overall cost. Then we tell you how to enroll direct with the carrier.

How easy is that?



Prescription Drug Plans and Supplemental Medicare Insurance

Georgia Medicare Plans specializes in Medicare supplement plans. With over 400 clients all over the state we don’t have a single one that has a Medicare Advantage plan. We find most folks that bought their Medigap plan from anotther agent, direct from a carrier, or from an association for retired people have the wrong plan and are paying too much. We do things differently.

If you like our approach give us a call. We will be glad to send you a report showing ALL the Medigap plans and rates in your area.

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