HealthMarkets Agent Kathy Carvin helps explain the major changes to Medicare due to the baby boomers

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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 Kathy Carvin, of HealthMarkets, says this shakeup can benefit everyone over the age of 65. (Photography: Benjamin 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 Kathy Carvin, 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,” she 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.”

Kathy Carvin, of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, offers Medicare guidance free of charge. She’ll meet you in your home, her office, or wherever you’re comfortable. As a fixture in the Willoughby community, Kathy is a recognizable asset.

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,” Kathy stresses.

Kathy 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.

Kathy is a fixture in the Willoughby community, where she attends Garfield Church and serves as an usher. She’s also an active volunteer with the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. “People recognize me throughout the area, and I think that instills confidence in my ability to help them,” she smiles.

Customize Your Medicare Coverage
“Some people believe they simply choose a Medicare plan and that’s it,” Kathy 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, Kathy has reviewed and can provide her clients with access to hundreds of different options, all with varying degrees of coverage and different nuances to meet the different needs of participants

“Medicare is very individualized,” explains Kathy. “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.”

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

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 Kathy. “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,” she 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 Kathy, 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,” she supplies.

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

Kathy Carvin of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency has an offices at 10512 Northfield Road, in Northfield, and 28881 Lorain Road, in North Olmsted. She serves all of Northeast Ohio including Lake County. You can schedule a time to meet with her at the office or in your home by calling 216-375-5902. As the Medicare annual enrollment period is already heating up, the time to schedule your free review with Kathy is right now.

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