Georgia Medicare Plans
Medicare supplement plans in Georgia are extremely popular and follow the same model as most other states. There are 10 standardized Georgia Medicare supplement options to choose from, each with a different letter.
Georgia Medicare Plans Open Enrollment
Medicare beneficiaries in Georgia are eligible for Medicare at age 65. Initial enrollment begins three months before your birth month and lasts three months after. During initial enrollment, you can also apply for Medicare Supplements.
Initial enrollment begins three months before your birth month and lasts three months after. This is also the time you can apply for Medicare Supplements. While you can enroll in a supplement at any time, initial enrollment is the best time to do so because you cannot be turned down due to health conditions considering you won’t have to answer health questions on your application. If you miss this window, you’ll likely have to answer health questions to apply, which means you could be turned down by other Georgia Medicare supplement plans.
Georgia Medicare Advantage Plans
Georgia has up to 48 Medicare Advantage plans to choose from, depending on what county you live in. Medicare Advantage, also known as Plan C, is a private Medicare plan that provides all Original Medicare benefits but also include extra benefits like dental, vision, and prescription drugs coverage. In Georgia, open enrollment for Medicare Advantage begins on January 1and ends on March 31. Those already enrolled in Medicare Advantage can switch to a different plan during this open enrollment or opt to have Original Medicare instead.
The two most popular types are Medicare HMO and Medicare PPO plans. With an HMO plan, you usually choose a primary care doctor who coordinates your care and issues a referral if you need a specialist.
With Medicare PPO plans, you can generally see any doctor on the network without a referral. Just be sure to check your plan’s rule before doing so. You also can see out-of-network doctors who agree to treat you, but costs will be higher.
Georgia Medicare Part D
There are 26 Medicare Part D plans available in Georgia. If you don’t want to pay out-of-pocket for your prescriptions, be sure to look into Medicare Advantage or a standalone Part D plan. Remember, Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans don’t offer coverage for prescription drugs, so if take or anticipate needing a lot of prescription drugs, enrolling in Medicare Part D might be a good option.
Georgia Medigap Plans
Medicare Supplements in Georgia cover some, or even all, of the deductibles and coinsurance left over by Original Medicare.
This can save you thousands in out-of-pocket expenses, putting a cap on those costs, and this plan doesn’t limit you to a network of doctors that accept Medicare only.
There are 10 plans lettered A through N that offer standardized coverage. This means all plans lettered the same have to offer the same coverage and the only difference is price. So, be sure to shop your coverage.
Many Medicare supplement insurance carriers in Georgia offer issue-age policies. This means when you buy your policy, you are locked in at the age that you buy it. You won’t have to worry about birthday rate increases as you get older.
This is not to say that there will never be increases. All Medicare supplement plans in Georgia generally have rate increases each year due to inflation. However, with issue-age carriers, you will pay less if you bought the policy at 65 than if you bought the policy at 66 or 67.
Medicare Advantage for Georgia Residents Under the Age of 65 with Disabilities
While Medicare is generally reserved for those turning 65, there are cases in which someone may be eligible for Medicare under the age of 65. This includes individuals with disabilities who have received Social Security Disability Income for 24 months or have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
It is important to note that there is a five-month waiting period after a beneficiary is determined to be disabled before they can begin to collect Social Security Disability Income. People who meet all the criteria for Social Security Disability Income are generally automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. For the people who meet the standards, but do not qualify for Social Security Income, have an option to purchase Medicare by paying a Part A premium monthly as well as a monthly Part B premium.
An exception to the 5-month waiting people does apply for those people with ESRD and ALS. These individuals do not have to collect benefits for 24 months in order to become eligible for Medicare.
The requirements for Medicare eligibility for people with ESRD and ALS are:
- ESRD – Generally 3 months after a course of regular dialysis begins or after a kidney transplant
- ALS – Immediately upon collecting Social Security Disability benefits
Regrettably, those with disabilities often have lower incomes, require more health care, and find it more difficult to pay for and obtain care compared to Medicare beneficiaries over 65 years of age. Take our Medicare quiz now to see if you qualify for incredible Medicare benefits, even if you are under the age of 65.
Every state is different, and so obtaining Medicare benefits in Georgia can be complicated or confusing. If you are disabled or under the age of 65 wondering if you qualify, it is best to contact us directly to see if you are eligible.
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Medicare Coverage for Working People in Georgia with Disabilities
Medicare eligibility for working people with disabilities falls into three distinct time frames.
- Trial work period – extends 9 months after a disabled individual obtains a job
- Second period – This period is for 93 months after the end of the trial work period.
- Third period – An indefinite period following those 93 months.
Keep in mind that Medicare eligibility during each of these periods applies only while the individual continues to meet the medical standard for being considered disabled under Social Security rules.