WSJ on how to get the right Medicare plan

November 18, 2010

Extend Health gets a nice mention in an article by Glenn Ruffenach in today’s Wall Street Journal Smart Money magazine. Mr. Ruffenach provides plenty of sound advice on how to navigate the Medicare maze for those of you who are just becoming eligible. To help explain just how difficult it can be without some professional help, he talked to Michigan retiree Barry Wood. Mr. Wood tried to create a chart on his own to compare his options and says, “It was the most confusing thing I’ve seen in my entire life.”

What Ruffenach doesn’t say is that Mr. Wood then turned to Extend Health for help finding the right plan. In a conversation with Extend Health, he told us that, “You have to realize when you turn 65 that your health benefits are going to change. I think people have to take better care of themselves and what they’re doing, and be prepared for the changes that are going to occur in their lives. You can’t just sit there and let the time come and go ‘oh my gosh’ what am I going to do, I didn’t know this was going to happen.’ I think people have to be proactive and they have to understand what is going to happen in their lives. Working with Extend Health was excellent because without the advice and counsel of the advisor, I would not have made the proper decision about my healthcare.”

Good advice from both the Wall Street Journal and Barry Wood, a retiree who’s been there.

2 Responses to “WSJ on how to get the right Medicare plan”

  1. Lori said

    When I found it impossible to compare Medicare Part D PDP’s and Medigap plans thru Medicare’s site, I found Extendhealth’s site, which makes it easy to compare. The problem is, when we received notification from our current Medigap carrier of our new 2011 premiums, they were $45 higher for my husband than shown on the website. Mine also was higher than the website had shown. I entered our ages and zip code, and answere the questions correctly. What gives?

    • cholla45 said

      The premium you’ll see posted on our Web site depends on when you check. Insurance carriers post their 2011 premiums after CMS has reviewed and approved them, which doesn’t happen until late in October or early in November. If you checked our site in October before the carrier had gotten approval, you would have seen the 2010 premium price. If you check it now, it should agree with the notification from your insurance carrier. Please let us know if it doesn’t because we need to fix it if not!

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