The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that all local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. However, their secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov . Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. What does this mean for people in need of applying for Medicare during this time? While the SSA offices are closed for in-person service there are still options for you to enroll in your Medicare coverage needs. People needing to apply for Medicare generally fall into one of three enrollment situations and below are instructions for each of those situations.
There are several types of Medicare products available in Minnesota including Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medigap Plans, and stand-alone Prescription Drug plans. One other type is a Medicare Cost Plan. These plans are unique to this region and are very popular among Medicare members because they share the cost of claims with Medicare, while providing additional benefits not covered by Medicare. These benefits can include eyewear coverage, hearing aid coverage, dental coverage, health club memberships, as well as options to add prescription drug coverage. In addition, these plans travel well for members seeking coverage within the U.S., but outside of this area. Best of all the premiums are generally very competitive.
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