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The Basics of Medicare Artists Health Insurance Resource Center www.ahirc.org A program of The Actors Fund www.actorsfund.org. Presenter: Elizabeth Tripp, Medicare Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org. What is Medicare?.
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Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
A program of The Actors Fund
Presenter: Elizabeth Tripp, Medicare Counselor email@example.com
Medicare is health insurance for people 65 and over, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
Parts A and B are called “Original Medicare”
Part A is free for those who have worked 40 quarters or 10 years.
Skilled Nursing Facility Stay
You pay nothing for hospice care, except:
Home health care
By phone: 1-800-772-1213
In person: Find a local office here: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp
There are a few different circumstances involving union or other employment-based insurance. It is always advisable to contact your employer or union benefits administrator, as well as a Medicare counselor at The Actors Fund, to find out how your coverage works with Medicare, and explore your options.
Self-pay: With most unions, you cannot delay enrollment in Medicare Part B after you turn 65 and self-pay for union insurance instead. If you are not sure about your earnings and status with your union insurance, call your union and ask them about your options.
COBRA: If you have COBRA when you turn 65, or are offered COBRA when your employment-based insurance ends and are already over 65, don’t wait until your COBRA ends to enroll in Part B. COBRA does not count as employment-based coverage. If you don’t enroll in Part B during the 8 months after your active employment ends, you'll have to wait until the General Enrollment period to enroll, and you may have to pay a penalty.
Retiree/pension plan: Some unions offer insurance plans that work with Medicare as supplemental coverage. Check with your union to see what you qualify for. Shop around and compare the cost and benefits of your union retiree plan with other plans - in some cases, union insurance is more expensive than supplemental plans. Consider your union’s vision and dental coverage benefits as part of your cost/benefit analysis, as Medicare does not cover those services.