Your Guide to Understanding Medicare with MedAdvise Insurance Group


Welcome to MedAdvise Insurance Group, your trusted resource for understanding Medicare in Washington State. We are dedicated to simplifying the complexities of Medicare. Whether you're nearing Medicare eligibility or assisting a loved one, our expert broker, Carrie Hagel, provides valuable information to navigate the Medicare landscape effectively.

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federally funded health insurance program that provides coverage for eligible individuals in Washington State. It caters to those aged 65 and older, individuals with specific disabilities, and those with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Medicare consists of different parts, each addressing particular healthcare services and needs.

Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D:

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance): Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, and some home health services. Most individuals do not pay a premium for Part A if they or their spouse paid Medicare taxes while working.
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance): Part B covers doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, preventive services, and certain screenings. It requires the payment of a monthly premium based on income.
Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage): Medicare Advantage plans, offered by private insurance companies approved by Medicare, combine the coverage of Parts A and B. These plans often include additional benefits such as prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and fitness programs. It's essential to compare available plans in your area to find the one that suits your needs.
Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage): Part D provides prescription drug coverage through private insurance companies approved by Medicare. Selecting a plan that covers your specific medications at an affordable cost is crucial.
Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap):
In addition to the original Medicare parts, Washington State Medicare beneficiaries have the option to purchase Medicare Supplement Insurance, commonly known as Medigap. These plans are standardized and labeled by letters (Plan A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N), each offering different levels of coverage. Medigap policies, provided by private insurance companies, help cover the gaps in original Medicare, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

Medicare Enrollment and Eligibility:

To enroll in Medicare, individuals must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who have lived in the country for at least five consecutive years. Most people become eligible for Medicare at the age of 65. However, eligibility can also be based on disability or specific medical conditions. Various enrollment periods are available to get started.

Initial Enrollment Period (IEP): This seven-month period includes the three months before your 65th birthday month, your birthday month, and three months after. Enrolling during this period is crucial to avoid potential penalties and coverage gaps.
General Enrollment Period (GEP): If you missed your Initial Enrollment Period, you can enroll during the General Enrollment Period, which runs from January 1st to March 31st each year. However, late enrollment penalties may apply.
Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs): SEPs allow individuals to enroll in or change their Medicare coverage outside the initial and general enrollment periods. Qualifying events such as retiring from employer coverage, moving to a new area, or losing existing coverage can trigger SEPs. Understanding each SEP's specific requirements and timeframes is vital for timely enrollment.

Finding The Right Medicare Plan

Selecting the most suitable Medicare plan requires careful consideration of personal needs and preferences. Here are key factors to keep in mind:
Coverage Needs: Evaluate your healthcare requirements, including prescription medications, doctor visits, and specialized care. This assessment will help determine whether Original Medicare, a Medicare Advantage plan, or a Medigap policy best fits your unique needs.
Network: If you have preferred doctors or healthcare providers, check if they are included in the plan's network. Medicare Advantage plans often have network restrictions, while Original Medicare allows you to see any healthcare provider that accepts Medicare.
Prescription Drug Coverage: If you take prescription medications, ensure that your chosen plan provides adequate coverage. Compare the formularies and costs associated with each plan's prescription drug coverage.
Costs: Consider the monthly premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance associated with each plan. Original Medicare has standardized costs, but Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans may have different pricing structures.
Additional Benefits: Medicare Advantage plans often offer extra benefits such as dental, vision, hearing, and fitness programs. Evaluate whether these other benefits align with your healthcare needs and preferences.


Understanding the basics of Medicare is essential for making informed healthcare decisions in Washington State. MedAdvise Insurance Group, led by our expert broker Carrie Hagel, is dedicated to simplifying the complexities of Medicare. Whether you're considering Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medigap, we're here to guide you through the process, ensuring that you find the coverage that best meets your healthcare needs. Contact us today to embark on your Medicare journey with confidence.

Additional Medicare Resources:
Navigating the Medicare system can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone. Here are some valuable resources to assist you:
Medicare.gov: The official website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides comprehensive information on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, plan options, and coverage details.
Medicare Plan Finder: This online tool on Medicare.gov allows you to compare and evaluate your area's Medicare Advantage and Part D plans based on your specific needs and preferences.
Local Insurance Broker: As a knowledgeable Medicare insurance broker, Carrie Hagel of MedAdvise Insurance Group can provide expertise on Medicare plans in Washington State. She can help you navigate the options, explain the details, and assist with enrollment, ensuring you make an informed decision