Please contact our office to get information on Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D Plans, or to schedule an appointment.
Start Your Medicare Review
To start the review process for a Prescription Drug (Part D) or Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan, please submit a completed and signed Scope of Appointment and the optional Medicare Part D Questionnaire by using the three links below.
- Scope of Appointment (SOA)
- To be compliant with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines, we are required to have a Scope of Appointment form on file prior to discussing any Part D or Part C plans.
- The SOA is fillable and can either be returned with electronic signature, with appropriate software or app, or scanned with physical signature. A typed name will not meet guidelines.
- OPTIONAL Medicare Part D Questionnaire
- It would be helpful if you would complete the Medicare Part D Questionnaire so we are able to assist you in choosing a prescription drug plan for your individual needs.
- Please note that while Kristin Manwaring Insurance does not require any health information or a Medicare Part D Questionnaire, without it our recommendation would be based solely on premium, which does not take into consideration drug cost shares, drug formularies or preferred pharmacies.
- Submit your information securely by using our secure file sharing site. Click here to upload your documents.
Shop and Enroll
You may now shop and enroll on your own for a 2021 plan. You can start now by clicking the button below to safely and securely enroll on a plan. You can watch one of the tutorials below for step-by-step instructions.
How to enroll in the plan when I already know which one I want:
How to enter my prescriptions and pharmacy to compare plans and enroll in a Part D prescription plan:
Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)
You become eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, and you can enroll anytime during your Initial Enrollment Period. Your IEP is a seven-month period, including the three months before, month of, and the three months following your 65th birthday. The date your Medicare coverage begins depends on when you sign up. If you are collecting Social Security, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B, which will usually start the first day of the month you turn 65. If you are NOT collecting Social Security, you may want to enroll in Medicare online at www.ssa.gov, or call them directly at 800-772-1213. Postponing your enrollment in Medicare until after your IEP, you may receive a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP) on future Part B & Part D premiums, and you may not have another chance to enroll until the annual General Enrollment Period, which lasts from January 1st through March 31st each year for coverage that would start on July 1st.
Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
If you did not sign up for Part A (for those who have to buy it) or Part B during your IEP because you had employer-sponsored coverage, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period in which you can enroll in Medicare. The employer group health plan must have been provided through current employment, either yours, your spouse’s, or another family member’s (if you have a disability), and that employer group plan must have had at least 20 people enrolled on it. If you are still part of such a plan, you are eligible to enroll in Medicare anytime while it is still in effect and on through the 8-month period that begins the month after that coverage or employment ends, whichever comes first.
Please note that COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) coverage, retiree health plans, VA coverage, and individual health coverage (like through the Health Insurance Marketplace) are not considered coverage based on current employment. You are not eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare when that coverage ends. To avoid paying a higher premium, make sure you sign up for Medicare when you’re first eligible.
Medicare General Enrollment Period (GEP)
If you didn’t sign up for Part A (if you have to buy it) and/or Part B (for which you must pay premiums) during your Initial Enrollment Period, and you don’t qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you can sign up between January 1-March 31 each year. Your coverage will not start until July 1 of that year, and you may have to pay a higher Part A and/or Part B premium for late enrollment.
Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D, offered by private insurance companies, helps cover prescription drug costs. Many carriers in the state of Washington offer plans with various levels of cost coverage and different formularies (lists of medications that they cover). Not all plans cover all drugs. Medicare Part D Plans may require payment of deductibles and copays for medications, and they can have limitations based on drug formularies and their network of preferred pharmacies. You can enroll in a Part D drug plan during your Medicare IEP, the Annual Enrollment (AEP) each year, or with certain circumstances with a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). It is imperative that Medicare Beneficiaries understand how their Part D drug plan works to obtain the best possible coverage for both costs and medications. Like Parts A & B, Part D is most affordable if you enroll during your IEP. Without other creditable prescription coverage in place, a late-enrollment penalty will be added once you do sign up.
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
Each fall, Medicare Part D clients are responsible for reviewing their plans and prescriptions to ensure they are still enrolled in the right plan to fit their needs. The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) runs from October 15th through December 7th. This is generally the only time of year you can enroll or make changes to your Part D drug plan. Changes made during this time will take effect on January 1st of the following year. Our office can help you review your options to ensure you have the best plan to fit your needs.
Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap)
Medicare Supplement plans help pay the deductibles and coinsurance you would normally pay under Medicare. Plans are “standardized” with the basic benefit structure for each plan being the same, regardless of which insurance company you choose. These plans, identified in most states by letters, will allow you to see any doctor nationwide that accepts Medicare, and no referrals are needed to see a specialist. In Washington, you can enroll on a supplement plan with guarantee issue for up to 6 months after your part B effective date. That means you can enroll without having to answer health questions.
In many circumstances, loss of other coverage opens a 60-day Special Enrollment Period to sign up for a supplement plan with guarantee issue Washington State residents can change their existing supplement plan any month of the year. As a broker, we work with several carriers who offer Medicare Supplement plans, and we would be happy to meet with you and review all your options.
Medicare Advantage Plans
Medicare Advantage plans, sometimes called Part C or MA Plans offer an all-in-one alternative to Original Medicare provided by private insurance companies. If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, you still have Medicare. These bundled plans include the benefits of Original Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance) and usually Medicare prescription drug benefits (Part D).
Some plans also offer extra benefits like vision, hearing, and dental coverage. Each Medicare Advantage plan can charge different out-of-pocket costs. They also can have different rules for how you obtain services like whether you need a referral to see a specialist or whether you have to use their preferred providers for non-urgent care. These rules can change each year. Medicare Advantage plans are only available in certain counties in Washington State, and availability is based on the zip code in which you reside.
The above material was adapted from the Medicare and You Handbook. Find the full 2021 document here.