Medicare questions to ask

By Mary Krueger, Medicare Specialist

Before enrolling in Medicare, there are several decisions Medicare recipients need to make regarding their existing coverages or changes in their health insurance needs.

Typically, six months prior to becoming eligible (eligibility for Medicare may be because of disability or turning 65), it is a good idea to speak with a Medicare Specialist to establish an open dialog about what you want in your benefits and how much of your budget to designate for it.

Here are a few questions:

  • Will I be in a network or have the freedom to choose where I go?
  • What are the benefits of choosing a Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplement?
  • Who will help me if I have a claim and don’t understand the billing?
  • Will I need to get preauthorization for my surgery?

These are a few of the concerns that are voiced regularly. Medicare has been providing coverage since 1965. Plans have changed over the years and so have the benefits, which is why it makes sense to have someone who can walk you through these and many other issues with Medicare.

I have enjoyed helping in those decisions for more than 40 years, and it is my pleasure to assist in the decisions Medicare recipients make. Contact me at 715.760.1350 or

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