Medicare enrollment period kicks off for 2021 coverage

Deadline is Dec. 7 to make a change to current Medicare plan for 2021

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Are you a senior or do you have seniors in your life who you help assist with paperwork?

The Medicare annual enrollment period has just begun, and those turning age 65 can explore their Medicare Advantage benefits.

“It’s an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries, even those that are just getting on to Medicare," said Erica Gonzaba, at Gonzaba Medical Group. "It’s an opportunity for them to look at their options for the coming year in 2021. There’s a lot of things going on, so it’s important to really take control of your health care at this point.”

As Medicare terminology can be difficult to understand, the medical group is available to help answer any questions seniors may have. The deadline to make a change to your Medicare plan is Dec. 7.

Need help with the different plans offered in Medicare? Gonzaba Medical Group has listed some explanations.

What is Part A of Medicare?

This plan is often called the hospital insurance plan because it pays for a portion of your care while you are in a hospital. It also pays some of the costs for a skilled nursing facility or if you get health care at home. Lastly, it covers hospice care for people who are terminally ill.

What is Part B of Medicare?

This plan pays for doctor services, outpatient hospital care and home health care that is not covered by in Part A.

What is Part C of Medicare?

Often known as a Medicare Advantage Plan or Supplement Plan, this may offer additional coverage for hospital services, doctor office visits and prescription drugs. It may also include benefits such as dental, vision, transportation and hearing coverage.

What is Part D of Medicare?

This plan covers your prescription drugs. Plans may vary in cost and the drugs covered.

If you’re looking for personalized, coordinated care, Gonzaba Medical Group has been serving the San Antonio community for 60 years.

The medical group offers grocery giveaways for seniors, Zumba classes and free technology training, coordinated care, in-house specialty care and in-house imaging services.