Choosing Traditional Medicare.
Each year seniors can renew their choice for a Medicare coverage plan. Seniors may choose either “Traditional Medicare” or a “Medicare Advantage Plan” offered by an insurance company. Insurance companies have a vested interest in signing-up members and some advertise heavily, but seniors should be aware of the benefits offered by staying with “Traditional Medicare.”
The primary benefit of Traditional Medicare is that seniors keep full flexibility in choosing their doctors and other health care providers. Advantage plans typically restrict your choices to “in-network.” Traditional Medicare is also more flexible in permitting additional services, as long as they meet Medicare requirements and have a doctor order. Advantage plans can be more restrictive and provide an extra level of screening for home health and therapy services.
Treemont’s Health Care Center, Senior Allegiance and Absolute Therapy are able to serve everyone who is on Traditional Medicare. For this reason, Treemont recommends residents choose “Traditional Medicare” during this year’s registration period from October 15 to December 7. Additional information on the Medicare sign-up period and options can be obtained from Aimee Dubuisson, Treemont’s Activity Director.
Aimee will be scheduling information and computer help sessions for Treemont Residents and their family members who want assistance with choosing Medicare Options. Call Aimee at 713-783-6820 to schedule your help session.