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When it comes to retirement, Florida gets all the attention. But when it comes to quality health care coverage during retirement, maybe Florida seniors should be California dreamin’. Why? Because California has more Medicare beneficiaries than any other US state. In fact, there were over 6.2 million people enrolled in Medicare in California in 2018. (That’s nearly two million more than the so-called “Sunshine State.”)

With locations from San Francisco to San Diego, no one knows Medicare in the Golden State like Aetna. Read on to learn more about Medicare plans in California, or speak with a licensed Aetna agent today to find plans near you!

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A Medicare plan for every Californian

Aetna offers a wide variety of Medicare plans in the state of California. Whether you’re looking for basic Original Medicare coverage, prescription drug coverage, or coverage loaded with extra health and wellness benefits, you can find the plan you need at a rate you can afford near you with Aetna.

Here’s a brief overview of the types of plans:

Original Medicare (Parts A and B) plans in California

Funded and administered by federal and California state government, Original Medicare is made up of two parts: Part A and Part B. Medicare Part A, also known as “hospital insurance,” covers your inpatient care at hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, or hospices. Medicare Part B, on the other hand, is sometimes called “medical insurance” and helps pay for your Medicare-approved outpatient care. This includes medical services and supplies such as doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and preventative care. It also covers durable medical equipment (DME) that you may need, such as oxygen pumps, walkers, and wheelchairs.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans in California

Unlike Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans are regulated by the federal government but are sold by private insurance companies. By law, all Medicare Advantage plans in California must provide all the same coverage as Original Medicare, but most plans offer additional benefits coverage, too. This may include things like vision, dental, hearing aids, health and wellness programs, or gym memberships. Some plans also include prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D). Added benefits vary according to location, so talk to a licensed Aetna agent to find out what’s available in your area.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plans in California

If you’re eligible for Medicare Parts A and B, you can choose to purchase a Medicare Part D separately. Medicare Part D helps pay for the cost of your prescription drugs and medications. Coverage for specific drugs varies based on what’s called a Medicare “formulary,” a list of drugs separated into tiers according to price. Note, Medicare Part D coverage may be included in some Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans.

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans in California

If you need extra coverage to help pay for out-of-pocket costs associated with your health care, purchasing an optional Supplement plan (also known as “Medigap”) is a smart move. Medicare Supplement plans help pay for things like insurance copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance, and they may even help pay for your emergency while traveling outside the country.

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Surf through Medicare enrollment in California

Enrolling in Medicare in California is quicker and easier than you might think. If you’re 65 years old and eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, you may even qualify for automatic enrollment!

But what’s the fastest and simplest way to get enrolled? With help from a friendly Aetna agent licensed to enroll individuals in Medicare plans in California. Start your enrollment process today and talk to an agent from Aetna!

Get enrolled in three simple steps:

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Call an Aetna agent at 1-855-516-2187

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Answer some questions about your coverage needs

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Sign up for a plan

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When can you enroll in Medicare in California?

Medicare enrollment periods in California are divided up into three primary timeframes:

Initial Enrollment Period

If you’re enrolling in Medicare for the first time, you can enroll in a Medicare plan during your Initial Enrollment Period. Your Initial Enrollment Period begins three months before the month of your 65th birthday and ends three months after your birth month.

Annual Enrollment Period

If you’re already on Original Medicare and want to upgrade your coverage by switching to a Medicare Advantage plan, you can do so during the Annual Enrollment Period, which starts October 15 and ends December 7 every year.

Special Enrollment Period

Under some circumstances, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare plan during a Special Enrollment Period. For example, you may be able to enroll in coverage or switch plans if you’ve recently moved or if you’re currently living in a nursing home. Talk to one of our licensed agents today to see if your special circumstance applies.

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Other Medicare Resources in California

California Department of Insurance

The California Department of Insurance provides a wide array of information and resources regarding Medicare and senior health coverage.

Medi-Cal

Offered through the California Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal is a program that may help pay for some of your out-of-pocket medical costs, if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

California Medicare Savings Programs

There are a number of Medicare Savings Programs in California designed to help people with lower incomes pay for some or all of their Medicare Part A or B premiums.

California State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP)

Using federal grants, SHIP offers free one-on-one counseling and other resources for Medicare beneficiaries in California.

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Apply for Medicare in California today!

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