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Medicare Annual Election Period: Glossary of Terms (Continued)

Deductible

The dollar amount you must pay in healthcare costs before your insurance plan begins to contribute.

Formulary

A list of prescription drugs covered by an insurance plan. Most formularies list prescriptions in various tiers that represent levels of coverage or cost. Some Medicare plans restrict doctors to prescribing only the drugs listed in the formulary.

Out-of-pocket costs

The healthcare costs you pay that aren’t reimbursed. Out-of-pocket costs include copays, premiums, deductibles and coinsurance payments.

Penalty

Fees levied for missing Medicare’s initial enrollment period or for not carrying prescription drug coverage. These fees may be added to your monthly premium for as long as you have Medicare coverage.

Premium

A set dollar amount you must pay each month to maintain your insurance coverage. This price may change each year. Some Medicare Advantage Plans have $0 premiums.

Medicare Related Terms

Extra Help

A program that helps with the cost of Medicare coverage for those who have limited resources.

Group health plan

A subsidized health plan offered by an employer or union.

Hospice

End-of-life care for the terminally ill. Hospice services are covered under Medicare Part A.

Medicaid

A joint federal and state program that offers assistance for people with disabilities or limited resources. Many people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Pre-existing condition

A health issue you already had before your health plan began to cover you.

Telemedicine

Remote medical care. Telemedicine may be conducted via voice call or through a video chat on a mobile device or computer. While some insurance plans allow voice calls, Medicare requires a two-way voice and video connection for telemedicine sessions.

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To make sense of your Medicare options, call 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 and speak with a licensed agent who specializes in Medicare plans. No-cost consultations are available 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday to Friday or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern, Saturday.