How do I enroll Mom and/or Dad in Medicare? How much does it cost? How much can they afford? What health coverage do they need? And which Medicare plan should we choose — Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage?
These are all very common questions asked when researching which type of health coverage your parents or loved ones need, once they become eligible for Medicare.
To help you, we have designed an enrollment guide that includes important steps you can take to get your loved ones the health coverage they need, at a price they can afford.
In order to help someone enroll in Medicare, you will need to be an authorized representative chosen by the enrolling individual with written consent.
Once you have confirmed you are an authorized representative who can help someone else enroll in Medicare, you’ll be able to help them submit information about past medical history, claims and payments. You will also be able to help the individual compare plans, choose a Medicare coverage option, and receive and submit information regarding the plan, including claims and notices.
When helping someone else enroll in a Medicare plan, it is helpful to first understand what their current medical needs are and whether they will need additional health coverage that Original Medicare does not cover. This additional coverage can be added through a Medicare Advantage plan and can include benefits like prescription drug coverage, vision and hearing benefits.
Choosing a Medicare Advantage plan can also, in some cases, make it more affordable depending on the health plan and coverage needs.
Common questions to discuss about health needs include:
Common questions to discuss about financial needs include:
View answers to frequently asked questions when enrolling in Medicare and shopping for Medicare Advantage plans.
Once you understand your loved one’s medical and health needs, you need to find out if the individual you are enrolling is eligible for Medicare or Medicare Advantage.
It's important to know that your loved ones have options for how they get Medicare coverage.
There are certain enrollment deadlines for Medicare that you will need to know and meet to avoid your loved ones not being covered.
Learn more about eligibility and enrollment deadlines.
You can conveniently enroll your loved one in a Medicare Advantage plan online, via phone or by mail. View enrollment instructions. Medicare beneficiaries may also enroll in the Memorial Hermann Medicare Advantage HMO plan through the CMS Medicare Online Enrollment Center located at medicare.gov. (Please note that by clicking on this link, you will be leaving Memorial Hermann Advantage website).
Call a licensed Medicare agent at (866) 350-2715 (TTY 711) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week from Oct. 1 – March 31 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday from April 1 to Sep. 30. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have about Medicare and choosing the Medicare Advantage plan that is best for you.
Call one of our licensed insurance agents at:
(866) 434-1282 (TTY 711)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.
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