Washington DC Medicare Plans
When it comes to Medicare Plans, Washington D.C. is treated as its own state, having its own Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Part D plans. With that said, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B work the same way in the District of Columbia as they do in the 50 states.
To begin, Washington DC residents turning 65 become eligible for Medicare, just like the 50 states.
In some counties, beneficiaries of Washington DC Medicare Plans don’t have many options when it comes to Medicare Advantage plans, they but do have a lot of Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans available. Some people require Medicare Supplements and Advantage plans to cover additional expenses and increased flexibility for their needs.
The Washington DC Medicare Supplements plan will cover the deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and more than Original Medicare which can save you thousands of dollars. Additionally, you will have the freedom to see any doctor that accepts Medicare.
Washington DC Medicare Advantage plans offer similar coverage to Original Medicare, but offer extras, like prescription drug coverage, and don’t always cost you an additional premium.
Washington DC Medicare Plans Open Enrollment
Medicare beneficiaries in Washington DC 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.
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 Washington DC Medicare supplement plans.
Washington DC Medicare Advantage
Washington DC offers residents up to 11 Medicare Advantage plans available, depending on what county you live in. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you will get your care from the plan’s network of providers. These means that the private plans will pay instead of Medicare.
Medicare Advantage plans in Wyoming generally have lower premiums than Medigap plans though you will experience back-end costs like copays, coinsurance, etc.
In Washington DC, open enrollment for Medicare Advantage begins on January 1 and ends on March 31.
Washington DC Medicare Part D
While Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans don’t offer coverage for prescription drugs, there is an option to enroll in Medicare Part D in the state of Washington DC. If this is enticing for you, there are 25 Part D plans available.
Washington DC Medigap Plans
Contrary to popular belief, your Part A & Part B benefits do not cover all of your medical expenses during retirement. Medigap plans to help people pay for things like deductibles and coinsurances.
Medicare Supplements in Washington DC 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.
Medicare Advantage for Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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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- Premiums starting at $0 per month
- Coverage for copays and deductibles
- Prescription drugs
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Medicare Coverage for Working People in Washington DC 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.