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XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:42 PM May 18

Anyone really happy on traditional Medicare?

One of the happiest days was getting my card in the mail. Its nice to go to see a Dr and not pay $60 upfront co-pay. I can't afford a Medigap.

Anyone else so happy with Medicare? Thank you Dems

ETA several Drs warned me about Advantage and keep traditional. I know some here just love their MA plans, that's great, but I'm following my Drs" advice

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Anyone really happy on traditional Medicare? (Original Post) XanaDUer2 May 18 OP
I'm very happy with mine. flying_wahini May 18 #1
Me too XanaDUer2 May 18 #3
And ears. Nt leftieNanner May 18 #28
Read where someone is trying to add dental to Medicare vapor2 May 18 #101
I'm very happy with it. Glorfindel May 18 #2
When I worked b4 I became disabled XanaDUer2 May 18 #5
Happy here,,,, KarenS May 18 #4
Could not be any happier. multigraincracker May 18 #6
I've been quite satisfied with it. Ocelot II May 18 #7
Glad too XanaDUer2 May 18 #8
I'm happy with it. Irish_Dem May 18 #9
Due to tmj XanaDUer2 May 18 #12
Yes dental problems are the worst. Irish_Dem May 18 #15
I can't help you with the dental bills, but Give Peace A Chance May 18 #70
Yes Good RX helps, but still my meds are expensive. Irish_Dem May 18 #82
Try singlecare too. Can be cheaper amuse bouche May 18 #84
Costco Ojerly May 18 #96
We have Humana (HMO-POS) babsbunny May 18 #10
Is that gap insurance? XanaDUer2 May 18 #11
Yes yes and yes montanacowboy May 18 #13
We have it with the AARP supplement Freddie May 18 #14
MA is private insurance companies? XanaDUer2 May 18 #21
Yup. soldierant May 18 #88
Yes its all about the Benjamins XanaDUer2 May 18 #90
My wife is a retired RN who did case management her last seven years. Mr.Bill May 18 #92
My mother has traditional Medicare plus a supplement. She loves it. arkielib May 18 #16
I'm sticking with traditional XanaDUer2 May 18 #18
Medicare Parts A, B, D, & G QED May 18 #17
I have MA. MOMFUDSKI May 18 #19
Yup XanaDUer2 May 18 #20
We love our MA here in FL Katinfl May 18 #58
That's great XanaDUer2 May 18 #77
Probably will depend on where you move in NC unc70 May 20 #114
Charlotte area Katinfl May 21 #115
If you are happy, tha's what matters. Personally, I'd be a nervous wreck without a Medigap. Silent Type May 18 #22
I had back surgery by the best in the county MOMFUDSKI May 18 #24
I really can't afford it but I'm thinking of it XanaDUer2 May 18 #25
I don't love paying the premium. Demobrat May 18 #86
Yes I am duckworth969 May 18 #23
Agreed nt XanaDUer2 May 18 #26
I am very happy LetMyPeopleVote May 18 #27
I'm very happy with original Medicare. Lonestarblue May 18 #29
I'm seeking a specialist now XanaDUer2 May 18 #32
Yes. It may be a good idea to let your primary care doctor know so you can share records with a specialist if needed. Lonestarblue May 18 #37
Thanks its the same practice XanaDUer2 May 18 #39
I am very happy. I have the AARP plan G supplement Demobrat May 18 #40
Yes! Very happy. I checked the MA and decided to stay with regular. keithbvadu2 May 18 #30
My MA DownriverDem May 18 #108
Coolblue rwalt May 18 #31
Traditional with supplemental infullview May 18 #33
I'm really going to consider it XanaDUer2 May 18 #34
I have the AARP supplement. You must be an AARP Demobrat May 18 #42
Saw the report recently about a hospital stay. Arne May 18 #35
Wow XanaDUer2 May 18 #41
My friend's colon cancer treatment cost more than that. Demobrat May 18 #43
On traditional? XanaDUer2 May 18 #44
Yes, I updated my post. Demobrat May 18 #45
Happy for him XanaDUer2 May 18 #46
I don't either. My sister has a Humana Advantage Plan. Demobrat May 18 #51
This is what I fear XanaDUer2 May 18 #52
Yes but it could be improved and expanded to everyone. Voltaire2 May 18 #36
Agreed 1000% XanaDUer2 May 18 #38
Agreed moose65 May 18 #55
I see that, too XanaDUer2 May 18 #60
Advantage Plans are fine Demobrat May 18 #83
"If the insurance company agrees" you need the care XanaDUer2 May 18 #87
I wouldn't count on it. But that's just me. Demobrat May 18 #89
Nor mine XanaDUer2 May 18 #91
Yes, very happy! Timeflyer May 18 #47
Hell yes! Medicare and Medigap Plan G! Auggie May 18 #48
I have the same. llmart May 18 #59
Plan G is the main reason I'm waiting to collect Social Security until 70 Auggie May 18 #100
$70K with advantage? dpibel May 18 #105
I don't remember me ever saying a thing about Medicare Advantage. llmart May 18 #111
So you're comparing with no coverage? dpibel May 18 #112
The thread is actually asking is anyone happy with traditional Medicare. llmart May 19 #113
The problem with traditional Medicare DownriverDem May 18 #49
Yup XanaDUer2 May 18 #50
I am. elleng May 18 #53
Wonderful XanaDUer2 May 18 #54
Love the Traditional Medicare Dan May 18 #56
My Mother is happy with Medicare kwijybo May 18 #57
Traditional Medicare with a supplement and Silver Script for Rx. Good RX or pharmacy discount plans are much better, nature-lover May 18 #61
My pharmacy rund goodrx XanaDUer2 May 18 #62
If mine is a refill, I get the discount. If it is a new one or I am out of refills, I have to ask. nature-lover May 18 #99
Kick for saving..i face a choice in 2 years Demovictory9 May 18 #63
Here's something XanaDUer2 May 18 #64
Yes. No more astronomical deductibles MaryMagdaline May 18 #65
My wife has had many medical bills lately--very happy and.............. NGeorgian May 18 #66
Happy with mine Tree Lady May 18 #67
Very happy just wish it was free ampm May 18 #68
Just went to a doctor appointment with a friend who is on regular Medicare. Hope22 May 18 #69
I have seen the receptionist's eyes light up Demobrat May 18 #95
Happy, but snowybirdie May 18 #71
The only thing wrong? Republicans hate it Bobstandard May 18 #72
I'm pro anything theyre against XanaDUer2 May 18 #75
If you can't afford a Medigap plan plus a standalone Part D plan, and a dental and vision plan, dlk May 18 #73
Absolutely. Susan Calvin May 18 #74
I have to have Medicare supplemental or I get fined Quanto Magnus May 18 #76
Happy here Turbineguy May 18 #78
It is for too many ppl nt XanaDUer2 May 18 #79
i think biden wants to et tu May 18 #80
You know whos XanaDUer2 May 18 #81
I've worked in the insurance field soldierant May 18 #85
From an article I read Ojerly May 18 #93
There is an fb group Labor for Traditional Medicare mahina May 18 #94
After reading up on it, MA is more of a HMO and it was less risky to pay the Part B for better coverage. keithbvadu2 May 18 #97
Thank. You nt XanaDUer2 May 18 #98
medicare pamdb May 18 #102
All good with traditional. kairos12 May 18 #103
100% vapor2 May 18 #104
Until we improve traditional Medicare -- assuming that is even in cards -- talk of banning MA is unfair to the 51% of Silent Type May 18 #106
I didn't say it should be banned XanaDUer2 May 18 #107
Thanks for bringing up this topic, XanaDUer2. I am looking into this now. SupportSanity May 18 #109
Very happy with A B D and G supplemental Desert grandma May 18 #110

Glorfindel

(9,824 posts)
2. I'm very happy with it.
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:47 PM
May 18

I had laser surgery for cataracts on both eyes last year. Traditional Medicare paid very well. I think I was out of pocket about $150.00 altogether.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
5. When I worked b4 I became disabled
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:50 PM
May 18

I was paying more for work insurance. I was supposed to get physican therapy three times a week, but couldn't afford it on my work insurance. Itd b $720 a month

multigraincracker

(33,197 posts)
6. Could not be any happier.
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:51 PM
May 18

My Union/Company plan covers about everything. Didn’t have to change a thing. I paid about 10% for the cost of my drugs last year, a little over $200. Paid $600 in deductibles and was in the ER several times and lots of office visits.

Ocelot II

(117,565 posts)
7. I've been quite satisfied with it.
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:52 PM
May 18

Back in the '60s when Medicare was first introduced, I remember my Republican parents grumbling about "socialized medicine." Fast-forward about 40 years, when my dad was pushing 90 and had developed some serious and expensive health problems. I was handling his bills and expenses by then, but he wanted to know what all this was costing him and I told him, nothing. And he said, "Thank God for Medicare!" I thought, but didn't say, "Don't thank God; thank Democrats."

Irish_Dem

(52,839 posts)
9. I'm happy with it.
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:57 PM
May 18

But I also have a secondary insurance.

I never pay any medical bills at all.

But I have some expensive medication not covered very well.
And have had some big dental bills, not covered very well either.

70. I can't help you with the dental bills, but
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:07 PM
May 18

Have you looked into GoodRX.Com ?
Hubby & I have been using them for 10+ years
and saved thousands $$$$.
Pharma prices vary widely, so all you need to do
is go online & see who has the best price for the specific med.
I hope this helps.

Irish_Dem

(52,839 posts)
82. Yes Good RX helps, but still my meds are expensive.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:21 PM
May 18

But Krogers no longer takes Good RX and that is the least expensive source of my one expensive medication.

Thanks for the tip.

My doctor told me last week in a visit his other patients are complaining about the price of this specific medication and he is telling us to get a OTC substitute on Amazon!

So I am trying some of those, but having some problems with them.
But I am going to work on the Amazon list to find something I can tolerate physically.
It will save me a lot of money.

(I have pancreatic insufficiency so need special enzymes to digest food.)

Ojerly

(38 posts)
96. Costco
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:52 PM
May 18

is cheap for prescriptions for members, and cost just a little more for non-members. I'd you have a lot of them it may pay you to join just for them

babsbunny

(8,449 posts)
10. We have Humana (HMO-POS)
Sat May 18, 2024, 01:57 PM
May 18

No co-pay to see our Primary care Dr., 35.00 co-pay for a specialist, 120.00 for emergency room, urgent care is 60.00. We haven't had to use most of the things that are covered yet. Having Humana has no out of pocket monthly charge or anything, and hubby gets all of his meds free, and he has many meds. My colonoscopy was free and my mammogram was free. I haven't been without Humana since I've been on Medicare, so I can't really compare the two, but so far we are pleased.

Freddie

(9,390 posts)
14. We have it with the AARP supplement
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:01 PM
May 18

DH was hospitalized 2x this past year and I think I paid $111 out of pocket for it. Physical therapy was all covered.
My daughter is an RN Case Manager and strongly discouraged us from the Medicare Advantage plans. Said they are constantly fighting the providers so they can pay for less care, regardless of what the patient really needs.

soldierant

(7,416 posts)
88. Yup.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:34 PM
May 18

That's why i consider it a scam. Too many horror stories about denied claims.

I do have Humana for my part D and I'm not unhappy with that.

Mr.Bill

(24,467 posts)
92. My wife is a retired RN who did case management her last seven years.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:46 PM
May 18

She says pretty much the same thing.

arkielib

(168 posts)
16. My mother has traditional Medicare plus a supplement. She loves it.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:04 PM
May 18

My MIL was talked into getting a Medicare advantage policy (by an aggressive and misleading salesman) and had a bad experience.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
18. I'm sticking with traditional
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:07 PM
May 18

I've heard some horror stories. I think its fine if you're healthy, but I wouldn't want to be facing down a serious illness on it.

If its working for others, hooray for them

QED

(2,804 posts)
17. Medicare Parts A, B, D, & G
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:05 PM
May 18

I've been fine with these so far - I haven't had big expenses or procedures. My pension plan covers my dental insurance but the coverage for that is pretty standard.

Katinfl

(192 posts)
58. We love our MA here in FL
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:30 PM
May 18

We are anticipating a move to NC and we know we will not have the options (too many to list) that we have in FL. We have been fortunate to not have alot of issues but I know many people who have and they have MA and they are pleased with it. We are resigned to the fact that medical will cost us more when we move. The only good thing about FL is the choices.

unc70

(6,212 posts)
114. Probably will depend on where you move in NC
Mon May 20, 2024, 10:53 AM
May 20

In most areas of NC, you should be able to find reasonable MA plans at little or no cost. My brother, his wife, and I are on three different plans. Each of us happy with our choices. They have significant health challenges (e.g. Krohns). We are in NC different parts of the state.

Good luck with your move and your Medicare.

Katinfl

(192 posts)
115. Charlotte area
Tue May 21, 2024, 07:32 AM
May 21

Moved from there to FL in 2005 and now it’s time to go back. Our son lives there. I need to be doing some research on MA plans in that area.

Silent Type

(4,649 posts)
22. If you are happy, tha's what matters. Personally, I'd be a nervous wreck without a Medigap.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:26 PM
May 18

That and a few limited perks -- that might add up to several thousand dollars a year -- are why retired people select Medicare Advantage plans.

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
86. I don't love paying the premium.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:32 PM
May 18

But I would rather do without something I want to pay for something I need - peace of mind.

I had a bad experience with an HMO when I was working. Medicare was my ticket OUT of that nightmare.

LetMyPeopleVote

(149,192 posts)
27. I am very happy
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:31 PM
May 18

As a partner in my law firm, I paid the full cost of my insurance coverage. All of my law partners who are over 65 are on Medicare and I changed on my 65th birthday. I am very happy. I have a schedule g supplement and a prescription drug plan. I am now paying one-third of what I was paying for coverage before Medicare.

Lonestarblue

(10,736 posts)
29. I'm very happy with original Medicare.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:37 PM
May 18

I do not need referrals from my doctor to see other doctors, such as dermatologists. I have a Medicare supplement and drug plan, and except for those premiums and the Medicare premium I pay very little for healthcare. And I can see any doctor that accepts Medicare without having to just see doctors within an insurance company’s network or having to see just the specialists in their network.

Lonestarblue

(10,736 posts)
37. Yes. It may be a good idea to let your primary care doctor know so you can share records with a specialist if needed.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:45 PM
May 18

I never check with my doctor for a dermatologist, nor a podiatrist. I’ve never had any difficulty with Medicare payments. However, if you do not have a Medigap policy, you might have some charges. Medigap picks up co-pay costs and deductibles.

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
40. I am very happy. I have the AARP plan G supplement
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:50 PM
May 18

and love knowing that I can go anywhere and it will cost me nothing, especially when traveling. But I can understand why people go with Advantage plans. They are a better choice, financially speaking, than OM with no supplements. That’s a scary way to go.

keithbvadu2

(38,040 posts)
30. Yes! Very happy. I checked the MA and decided to stay with regular.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:38 PM
May 18

The few free groceries were not worth the limitations of MA.

DownriverDem

(6,356 posts)
108. My MA
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:37 PM
May 18

My MA plan covers eye, hearing & dental besides medical benefits. Also I have an over the counter card that allows $125 for vitamin supplements, pain relievers, oral stuff, heart burn meds, eye care etc. (So my husband & I get $250 every 3 months) It does not cover food. I think it does for folks on both Medicare & Medicaid. Not everone can afford a Gap policy & a prescription drug plan. Glad its worked out for you.

rwalt

(3 posts)
31. Coolblue
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:39 PM
May 18

Medicare is terrific. Advantage is a scam. If we did not have Advantage, dental and vision would be covered for Medicare patients.

infullview

(999 posts)
33. Traditional with supplemental
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:39 PM
May 18

The only expense is a $20 copay for doctor. Everything else is covered. BTW I have the AARP supplemental (I think it’s plan N)

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
34. I'm really going to consider it
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:42 PM
May 18

How much a month is it? How do you get aarp medigap can I call them. Does the premium come directly out of my SS payment?

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
42. I have the AARP supplement. You must be an AARP
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:00 PM
May 18

member ($12/year) to sign up. The premium is separate from SS. I have it automatically deducted from my checking account, but you don’t have to do that. The premium depends on your age. It does go up as you get older.

I love it. Everyone takes it, and there are never any hassles.

Arne

(2,862 posts)
35. Saw the report recently about a hospital stay.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:42 PM
May 18

Medicare covered over half a million for having a colon removal.
My payment for the year was $2900.
So considering I'm alive still, it's not bad.

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
43. My friend's colon cancer treatment cost more than that.
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:03 PM
May 18

He had to see multiple specialists. They saved his life. He ended up paying about $250. I did not leave off a zero.

He has OM with a supplement. Thank God. If he was limited to a network he would be dead.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
44. On traditional?
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:06 PM
May 18

Mr X got his cataracts removed ( he's on traditional) for a couple of hundred.

Wow that's amazing! I think I made the best decision for me

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
46. Happy for him
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:09 PM
May 18

That's my worry if I get something serious. Private insurance companies are about money, of course. I don't want to argue with insurance companies while under treatment.

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
51. I don't either. My sister has a Humana Advantage Plan.
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:15 PM
May 18

She has an eye infection.

She was receiving good care, until the specialist who was treating her was dropped from the MA network. Now, the closest doctor in the network who can help her is over 50 miles away. My sister cannot drive, because of the eye infection.

There are good doctors who are closer. My sister lives in Chicago, not rural Arkansas. But they are not in her MA network. So she cannot get an appointment, even if she offers to pay cash. She just doesn’t have the right insurance.

So no, she has not been specifically denied care, but her MA plan has successfully prevented her from receiving any.

Voltaire2

(13,922 posts)
36. Yes but it could be improved and expanded to everyone.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:44 PM
May 18

We need one comprehensive universal public non-profit healthcare system.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
38. Agreed 1000%
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:46 PM
May 18

I worry they want a majority of ppl to move to ma, stop traditional, then reduce benefits. I do not trust anything a Republican would propose

moose65

(3,202 posts)
55. Agreed
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:26 PM
May 18

The way I see it, Medicare Advantage plans toss a few bones to people in order to bribe them into defending MA at all costs - I see it on here on every post about Medicare. Someone always posts, without fail, that they pay nothing (which I can’t really believe) and that they get some kind of freebie with their plan. Of course, the money to pay for that plan is taken from the Medicare trust fund.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
60. I see that, too
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:37 PM
May 18

Ive seen some contentious back and forth about it. Hey, if you like MA, go for it! Some ppl can't afford TM. but I'm still very leery of private insurance. And that its taking money from TM pisses me off

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
83. Advantage Plans are fine
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:25 PM
May 18

as long as the care you need is in the network, and the insurance company agrees that you need the care.

The upfront costs are less. Premiums are lower. If you manage to die without ever needing to go out of network, you win.

XanaDUer2

(11,750 posts)
87. "If the insurance company agrees" you need the care
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:33 PM
May 18

Exactly. That's where my concern comes in. I wonder if Humana would lay out 1 million for me without an argument

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
89. I wouldn't count on it. But that's just me.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:37 PM
May 18

Also, I am a single who lives alone. I don’t have anyone to do the fighting for me. Fighting with an insurance company while battling a major illness is NOT on my bucket list.

llmart

(15,854 posts)
59. I have the same.
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:33 PM
May 18

I am so glad I have the United Healthcare/AARP Plan G. Last summer I had a surgery and I added up what the cost would have been without Medicare and Medigap and it was almost $70,000. I paid nothing. I do not begrudge paying a monthly premium for the Medigap plan. I can choose my doctors. They also paid for the second opinions I got from the Mayo Clinic and University of Michigan Hospitals.

At 75 years old, I will scrimp on a lot of things but not my healthcare and quality, nutritious food. I am a very healthy and fit person, but no one, and I mean NO ONE gets older without having some medical episode(s) that could bankrupt them.

Auggie

(31,417 posts)
100. Plan G is the main reason I'm waiting to collect Social Security until 70
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:13 PM
May 18

It's great coverage, but even the supplemental plan premiums and deductibles will continue to rise in coming years. I want to be able to afford it ... while being able to choose my own doctor and without waiting for insurance company approval.

Anthem is my insurer.

dpibel

(3,015 posts)
105. $70K with advantage?
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:15 PM
May 18

You're saying if you'd been on a Medicare Advantage plan you'd have paid $70,000?

You do know about annual limits, no?

Or you're just assuming all your care would have been out of network?

Something needs clarification here.

llmart

(15,854 posts)
111. I don't remember me ever saying a thing about Medicare Advantage.
Sat May 18, 2024, 10:05 PM
May 18

I'm just stating the facts about why I would never leave a Medigap Plan G.

dpibel

(3,015 posts)
112. So you're comparing with no coverage?
Sat May 18, 2024, 10:45 PM
May 18

These threads are generally about how Advantage is a total ripoff, dude, and Trad Medicare plus a little bit of supplemental gets you everything for free.

If you're not comparing your results with what you would have paid with Advantage, I'm not sure what your point is. The thread is the usual "why Advantage will kill you."

Other than, of course, that Medicare plus gap coverage is really good.

Can't argue with that.

llmart

(15,854 posts)
113. The thread is actually asking is anyone happy with traditional Medicare.
Sun May 19, 2024, 06:29 PM
May 19

And many of us said we were. The thread title isn't "what do you think is better, Medicare Advantage or traditional Medicare."

You seem to be itching for an argument and all I was doing was weighing in with my opinion and experience with Medicare.

DownriverDem

(6,356 posts)
49. The problem with traditional Medicare
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:14 PM
May 18

is that you need a GAP plan and a prescription plan. Too many folks can't afford that.

elleng

(133,308 posts)
53. I am.
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:22 PM
May 18

(Fortunate to have a 'supplemental' due to pension benefits, Federal employees health benefits, so prescriptions included.)

Dan

(3,752 posts)
56. Love the Traditional Medicare
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:26 PM
May 18

I’m sure that the wife and I have incurred huge medical expenses over the past two years, and haven’t paid a cent. And can receive treatment anywhere….love it.

kwijybo

(251 posts)
57. My Mother is happy with Medicare
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:28 PM
May 18

She has Medicare, a Part D supplement, and possibly a Medigap Supplement.

She is only moderately happy with her Part D: they are messing with the prices of some of her meds. Farxiga, Eliquis, and some others increased a lot.

Do NOT ask her about getting Medicare Advantage, or you'll get an earful. Some of it vulgar (she Never swears, but for them she makes an exception. She hates them).

nature-lover

(1,487 posts)
61. Traditional Medicare with a supplement and Silver Script for Rx. Good RX or pharmacy discount plans are much better,
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:38 PM
May 18

Pharmacies automatically use your insurance unless you ask. I have saved up to half of what insurance would charge,

MaryMagdaline

(6,983 posts)
65. Yes. No more astronomical deductibles
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:55 PM
May 18

I elected to take Medicare A, B and G even though I’m still working. It’s expensive but no crazy deductibles.

NGeorgian

(64 posts)
66. My wife has had many medical bills lately--very happy and..............
Sat May 18, 2024, 03:57 PM
May 18

doctors didn't have to get permission all the time. I have heard many nightmarish stories from friends on "disAdvantage". One example is a friend was told she could not get any more shots in her knee. She had a replacement surgery last month. My orthopedist said every six months when I saw him last week.

ampm

(319 posts)
68. Very happy just wish it was free
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:02 PM
May 18

Some Dr in Northern Nevada are starting not to take Medicare Advantage and some aren't taking Humana

Hope22

(2,167 posts)
69. Just went to a doctor appointment with a friend who is on regular Medicare.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:07 PM
May 18

The doc was so excited that she would be dealing with regular Medicare. It enabled her to chose certain tests that would be covered completely. She said Medicare Advantage would not have covered the tests she had selected and that advantage programs are complicated to work with.

Demobrat

(9,187 posts)
95. I have seen the receptionist's eyes light up
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:52 PM
May 18

when I hand over my Medicare and AARP cards. Yes - you do need two cards. They know they are going to get paid without any hassle.

snowybirdie

(5,373 posts)
71. Happy, but
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:07 PM
May 18

it is more expensive and keeps rising annually. But, we never see a bill or have a copay. Our doc can order any procedure or any referral, and we don't pay. Hassle free, but expensive.

Bobstandard

(1,428 posts)
72. The only thing wrong? Republicans hate it
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:08 PM
May 18

So it’s constantly under threat. They’re dying to take it away or screw it up. Vote the bums out

dlk

(11,878 posts)
73. If you can't afford a Medigap plan plus a standalone Part D plan, and a dental and vision plan,
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:10 PM
May 18

Advantage plans are privatized Medicare

You can look at the Advantage plans available in your zip code. on Medicare.gov. They have star ratings and 5-star plans are the best. Medicare rates the plans every year, using multiple criteria.

Advantage plans have $0 premium plans and do have lots of co-pays, so it’s helpful to review the summary of benefits for a plan you are interested in enrolling with.

You can change your Advantage plan every year during the Annual Election Period, October 15 through December 7th.

You can also change your Advantage plan during the Advantage Special Enrollment Period every January 1st through March 31st.

Quanto Magnus

(941 posts)
76. I have to have Medicare supplemental or I get fined
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:11 PM
May 18

I'm in California and on SSDI (I'm not if the SSDI puts me in a different Medicare category or...?). The supplemental helps cover (mostly) the 20% I'd owe in co-pay and covers prescriptions and dental.

It would be nice to have Medicare cover everything.

soldierant

(7,416 posts)
85. I've worked in the insurance field
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:30 PM
May 18

not life/health, but property casualty, but I have friends. I wouldn't touch Advantage even if it were free. I consider it a scam. I am very happy with Medicare A and B. Also with Part D, which I do carry.

Ojerly

(38 posts)
93. From an article I read
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:46 PM
May 18

It indicated that most of the advantage plans were not worth the cost. I'm okay with the traditional too as I also can't afford to pay more. My hope is that some day soon they'll fix the healthcare system and cover everything retirees need. That's why we must vote BLUE 💙.

keithbvadu2

(38,040 posts)
97. After reading up on it, MA is more of a HMO and it was less risky to pay the Part B for better coverage.
Sat May 18, 2024, 04:58 PM
May 18
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216622964

Katie Porter leads letter urging Biden not to dump more money into Medicare Advantage

After reading up on it, MA is more of a HMO and it was less risky to pay the Part B for better coverage.

2428 https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142909182

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds
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2501 https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017732643
Get Medicare! No to Medicare Advantage. It's perfume-covered doo-doo that'll bankrupt or kill you.

https://egbertowillies.com/2022/04/30/get-medicare-no-to-medicare-advantage-its-perfume-covered-doo-doo-thatll-bankrupt-or-kill-you/
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2501 https://www.democraticunderground.com/1261935
advice

pamdb

(1,341 posts)
102. medicare
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:14 PM
May 18

We're pretty happy with Medicare and our Mutual of Omaha supplemental. Problem is my husband had a blood clot a few years ago so he will be on Eliquis the rest of his life and so he can't really go for a supplemental anywhere else and Mutual keeps raising their prices every year. I pay about $140 a month and he pays over $200, because of the blood clot. We both us Breo inhalers because we both have asthma and that's kind of expensive. The good news is that Eliquis is at the top of the list for hopefully (if Biden wins) to cut the prices of some drugs. At least neither one of us is diabetic. My brother will be turning 65 this year and I keep telling him (cause he's really cheap) to NOT get sucked into the Medicare Advantage crap. I've never heard one good thing about that and people are always having problems with them.

vapor2

(1,357 posts)
104. 100%
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:15 PM
May 18

This year's deductible = $240. Doctors in Las Vegas are just awful so drove to Los Angeles for a few routine tests and Medicare covers. Convinced a friend to opt for traditional Medicare.

Silent Type

(4,649 posts)
106. Until we improve traditional Medicare -- assuming that is even in cards -- talk of banning MA is unfair to the 51% of
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:16 PM
May 18

beneficiaries who choose it PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO BY COST of traditional Medicare, supplement, and drug plan.

It's a cost issue that forces people to make the decision for MA.

SupportSanity

(440 posts)
109. Thanks for bringing up this topic, XanaDUer2. I am looking into this now.
Sat May 18, 2024, 05:57 PM
May 18

Lots of great information here. All appreciated. Thanks.

Desert grandma

(933 posts)
110. Very happy with A B D and G supplemental
Sat May 18, 2024, 06:28 PM
May 18

The problem as I see it, is that there is not enough information given to new retirees that will allow them to make an informed choice. IMO original medicare is the best option because you are not limited by networks and needed authorizations. What is not known is that those supplemental "medigap" policies are themselves rated. "Age attained" is the most commonly rated policy which guarantees that the premium will increase each year as you age in addition to any rise in medical costs. These type of policies can end up being the most expensive over time. "Age issued" is far less common (only 2 rated this way in our state this year) and it will NOT increase due to age increases. It only goes up if medical costs increase a lot in your region due to inflation. Ours has stayed relatively stable over the 10 years we have had it. It has gone up only between 10 and 15 dollars per month TOTAL in all that time. The important thing with this plan is to get it as soon as you are eligible for Medicare. The third rating system is called community rated and in that plan, everyone regardless of age pays the same as everyone else in that "community".AARP is the only community rated plan.
We are covered for dental care with my previous employers Delta dental coverage. In addition, my husband is a veteran and both of us are covered on the VADIP dental plan with Metlife. Any veteran and spouse can get this plan as long as the veteran gets some of his/her healthcare at the VA. If Medicare could negotiate drug prices like the VA, we would all benefit. Until then, I have checked each year to see which plan D will work best for me. Hubby gets all of his meds through the VA.

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