If you're over 65, get the medicare benefits you deserve with the help of HealthMarkets' Bernie Davidson

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With 10,000 Baby Boomers joining the retirement ranks each day, insurance companies are scrambling to capture their Medicare business. Find out why Bernie Davidson, of HealthMarkets, says this shakeup can benefit everyone over the age of 65. (Photogrpahy:Benjmain Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

According to Forbes magazine, baby boomers are permanently clocking out of the workforce at a rate of 10,000 each day. That’s a huge number of fresh retirees not only lining up for Social Security benefits, but also Medicare.

And with Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) representing nearly 20 percent of the population in America, more people than ever before will be considering their options during Medicare’s annual enrollment period—Tuesday, October 15, until Saturday, December 7.

“This is a very exciting time for new and existing Medicare participants,” says Bernie Davidson, a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. “Because of the large number of people who will be or have been taking advantage of Medicare benefits this year, insurance companies have stepped up their game.”

“They recognize the opportunity to capitalize on a ton of new business,” he adds. “What this means to people on Medicare, or those considering their options for the first time, is the influx of Baby Boomers into the system has created a competitive insurance arena the likes of which we haven’t seen before.”

Bernie Davidson, of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, offers Medicare guidance free of charge. As an active Medicare participant, Bernie feels he is uniquely positioned to understand the concerns seniors have about coverage.

This competitive environment means insurance companies have revamped their programs, or created new ones with more enhancements. So, for example, where previously there was no fitness component, that component may have been added back in.

“If you haven’t had a review of your Medicare plan in the last year or two, this is absolutely the time to do it,” Bernie stresses.

Bernie says a review could not only net you the opportunity to participate in a better plan, it could also mean your options include plans that cost less while giving you more. And if you turned 65 prior to the annual enrollment period, this is a good time to make a change if you don’t like the plan you’re in, or you’d like to find out if something better is being introduced.

“I’m an active Medicare participant myself,” he says. “Because I’m as affected by changes and new benefits as my clients are, I’m able to connect with them on their level. I understand how important the annual enrollment period can be, and I’m up-to-date on all the latest offerings. My clients don’t have to worry about weeding through piles of information. I’ve done all that for them.”

Customize Your Medicare Coverage
“Some people believe they simply choose a Medicare plan and that’s it,” Bernie says. “But Medicare isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Everyone is different, and what’s important to one person may not be important to another.”

Others might think they don’t have a lot of options when it comes to Medicare. They assume there are a handful of plans from which to choose, but that isn’t the case.

Because HealthMarkets represents major carriers, Bernie has reviewed and can provide his clients with access to hundreds of different options, all with varying degrees of coverage and different nuances to meet the different needs of participants.

You don’t have to go it alone. Scheduling a free review of your Medicare status with Bernie Davidson, of HealthMarkets, can take the stress out of choosing the right plan. He has access to hundreds of different options from all the major carriers.

“Medicare is very individualized,” explains Bernie. “That’s why a free review with me is key. I’m going to take the time to sit down with you and go over what’s important to you, find out about your medication needs and doctor needs, discuss the things you want to have included in your coverage, then put together a plan that not only provides you with options, but also one that suits your budget and requirements.”

Part A, Part B, and Then Some
“Because they’ve accumulated enough credits during their working years, most people get Medicare Part A at no cost to them,” explains Bernie. “Medicare Part B has a standard premium cost of $135.50 or higher depending on your income. Some plans include the cost of prescriptions, dental and vision, while others do not.”

“This is an area where the influx of Baby Boomers into the Medicare system means there are new advantages to all participants,” he continues. “Insurance carriers are creating hybrid supplemental plans that include key components like dental, vision and hearing. The beauty of Medicare is you can choose the items that matter to you most, and pay for those separately as your budget allows.”

Every insurance policy has some gaps, or areas of coverage that don’t meet a particular person’s needs. That’s where supplemental coverage plays such an important role. Maybe you’re interested in a transportation option to help get you to and from doctor visits, but you’re not motivated by, say, cancer coverage. You can choose a plan that includes what you care about most, or purchase those extra items separately to fill in the gaps.

Plan F Fades Away
Plan F, also referred to as the Cadillac of Medicare plans according to Bernie, will no longer be offered to new participants after this year. Its cost is on the higher side, but its coverage is among the most comprehensive. Existing participants can continue to enjoy the benefits of Plan F, but many are opting to go with its successor, Plan G. “Plan G offers many of the same exceptional features Plan F offers but at a lower cost,” he supplies.

His Guidance is Free
Because HealthMarkets agents aren’t captive, meaning they don’t work for a particular insurance carrier, Bernie directs his efforts toward clients, helping them to navigate the sometimes-baffling waters of Medicare. And the cost for his one-on-one review and guidance? Nothing. All time spent with Bernie is absolutely free.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is located at 8225 Brecksville Road, Suite 100, in the Brecksville Commons. Bernie Davidson offers hours by appointment, either at his office location, in your home, or at a location of your choosing. To reach him directly, call 216-798-1140.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. There is no obligation to enroll. Agents may be compensated based on enrollment. Medicare has neither reviewed nor approved this information. HMIA007424 10/2019