You should have the following available during your call: your Medicare card, preferred provider list, list of prescriptions you take regularly, and current health care information.
Many beneficiaries, new and old, wonder if they need a Medicare insurance agent to help them enroll in Medicare. They also wonder if they need to find a local agent. There are many benefits to working with a licensed Medicare agent, we’ll go over why you need one and if you need to find one near you.
What is a Medicare Insurance Agent?
Medicare insurance agents can provide information about all your Medicare options near you. What most new beneficiaries don’t realize is working with an agent is free, so it can save you money, time, and frustration. An agent knows different carrier guidelines, rate increases, and limitations that you won’t easily find online.
A lot of carrier information is just for agents, and the general public doesn’t see all the details. The reason is mostly because this information would be overwhelming and hard to read, every service area has a different rule or guideline, making consistency difficult. Most people expect to pay a fee for agent services. However, working with an agent usually results in more savings.
An agent is basically a guide to health insurance for people with Medicare.
Why You Need a Medicare Agent
There are many reasons why you need a Medicare agent, below we’ll list a few of them.
- There are no additional fees, your premium will be the same as if you had bought the policy directly from the carrier
- An agent can save you money on your monthly premiums by comparing plans with all carriers vs just one carrier
- Agents can help keep you up to date and informed on any changes that happen annually
- They can help you with Medicare claims
- They will help you get a better price than you might be able to find on your own
- Can provide a non-biased opinion on all your Medicare options
Medicare is full of jargon, similar-sounding plans, deadlines, and hidden costs. If you never dealt with that before, you have a steep learning curve ahead of you. That’s where an agent comes into play.
A licensed agent can quickly and efficiently search dozens of plans from different insurers, saving you time. Many enrollees don’t realize that different companies charge different premiums for the same policy.
Agents can help you decide which level of coverage is best for you, based on your needs and budget. They do this every day. They’ll spot issues and can give you advice based on experience. When you contact a reputable agent, their services should come without any obligation to sign up.
How Do Medicare Agents Make Money?
Medicare agents receive payments from the carrier, so there is no cost to you for their services. Using an agent allows you to get information about many companies. If you speak to an agent or broker and they have a service fee, you may want to think twice. There should never be any fees when it comes to working with a licensed Medicare agent.
How Can a Medicare Supplement Insurance Agent Help Me?
In contrast, most people turn to the internet to collect information. Many start at Medicare.gov and, while this is an excellent source of the basics, it often prompts even more questions than answers. You start to read about Part C, Part A, Part B, Part D, and all kinds of different enrollment periods that come with Medicare.
After learning about the kind of donut hole that you can’t eat but is quite expensive, new Medicare beneficiaries still don’t know how to proceed. They might ask their neighbor about his plan that he’s happy with. Yet, since plans aren’t one-size-fits-all, it would be better if he recommended an agent who helped him find the best fit.
Benefits of Working with Medicare Agents vs. Directly with the Carrier
Unlike carrier agents receiving employment through one company, independent agents aren’t on one company’s payroll. That means they can focus on helping you get the policy that works best for YOU – no matter which company provides you the coverage.
Should I Bundle My Medicare Insurance?
Some agents work for companies that handle all kinds of insurance, like auto coverage, property, and life. Sounds convenient, right? Using the same company for all your insurance needs. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. This suggests the agent/broker knows a little bit about many subjects. Unlike most, Medicare insurance is not one you should bundle.
Do I Need a Medicare Agent Near Me?
An out-of-state agent will provide the same service if they have a license in your state. So, there’s no reason you need to travel anywhere to see an agent, and there is no reason they would need to come to your house to help you with your coverage. It’s easier, faster, and more convenient for them to help you enroll in Medicare over the phone and/or online.
With today’s technology, you don’t need to waste your time driving down to a local office to meet with a local agent. Today, agents are licensed in multiple states to make it more convenient for beneficiaries.
What Are the Rules for Agents Who Sell Medicare Health Plans?
Agents representing Medicare plans can’t ask for your personal information over the phone unless it’s to verify membership, determine eligibility, or submit an enrollment application. An agent can’t come to your home uninvited. Further, an agent can’t offer you cash or gifts worth more than $15 to join their plan.
Also, an agent can’t enroll you in a plan during an educational event. One important thing to note is that an agent can never pressure you into a plan, or tell you about plans you didn’t agree to discuss.
Who Can I Talk to About Medicare Options?
Many companies offer their agents bonuses when they meet specific sales goals. Therefore, agents are more likely to sell more expensive policies, even if the consumer doesn’t need it. Due to this, agents have a reputation of being all in the same, but that’s not at all true.
We have no horse in this race. If a policy is right for you, our team will suggest it; regardless of which company offers it. Plus, when you use our services, you’ll always have support from not only your agent but from our Client Care Team.
Why You Should Choose MedicareFAQ
When you contact us, we’ll collect some information to see what is important to you, find out your needs and wants, and then provide all the information to help you decide what is best for you. Our agents will provide you with the fact-based information you need, which carriers fit your needs, and the coverage you want.
What You’ll Get:
- A more comprehensive range of plan options
- A positive and time-effective experience that allows transparency of the plans comparative features, benefits, prices, and opportunities from different health companies
- The ability to not only get all your information in one place but also can complete the enrollment at one time.
- No additional charges. The plans are government regulated, so the prices are the same no matter where you enroll
- Clear, concise, and unbiased information for your options
How to Find a Licensed Medicare Agent
MedicareFAQ isn't captive with one company, so you don't have to worry about us pushing you into one company. We have your best interests in mind. Whether you decide Aetna makes the most sense or Mutual of Omaha, it makes no difference to us. The most important thing is you have a policy that you can afford and that covers you. Call us today to speak with one of our licensed Medicare insurance agents. Or, you can complete our online rate form to see your rates now!