Medicare information meetings: Why you’ll be glad you went

Find out what you can expect at these local informational meetings and a few surprising things you might get out of them.

I love hosting Medicare plan informational meetings. As a HealthPartners Medicare expert, these events give me a chance to hear what people in my community are concerned about as they prepare for Medicare. And, I get to help clear up any confusion around their health plan options.

What’s in it for you?

Medicare informational meetings are a great way to learn about different Medicare health plans before you sign up for one.

Many health insurance companies hold their own meetings in different locations around the areas they serve. The meetings are usually run by licensed sales representatives who know all the ins and outs of their company’s Medicare plans.

Since each company offers different plans with different provider networks and prescription drug coverage, you should plan on attending more than one meeting.

What you can expect

  • A general overview of the Medicare program and how private Medicare health and prescription drug plans work with it
  • An in-depth look at the Medicare plans offered by the company
  • Time to get your questions answered during a Q&A

3 things you might not expect

  • No pressure. If you’re just there to learn and aren’t ready to make a decision, there’s no pressure to sign anything or enroll in a plan until you’re ready. You’re welcome to sit back, relax and learn.
  • Extra perks. When you research Medicare health plans online, it’s hard to compare apples to apples. Medicare meetings give you a chance to learn about the perks that are unique to each plan –  things like fitness programs, travel benefits, and discounts for eyewear and hearing aids.
  • Someone you can call. When the meeting is over, you’ll walk away with a personal contact at that health insurance company. If you have a follow-up question or decide to enroll in one of their plans, you now have someone you can call whenever you need. And that’s one perk you definitely can’t get online.

To find Medicare plans in your area, visit the government’s Medicare Plan Finder. Once you’ve narrowed down your plan options, check out the plan’s website for informational meetings in your area.

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