eHealthInsurance.com Investor Relations – News Release
- Medicare Savings Programs: Most people who call eHealth looking
for help to lower their costs don’t know about
MedicareSavings Programs that can help them pay for Part A and Part B premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs associated with deductibles and co-pays. In addition, growing numbers of seniors who qualify for Medicaidare unaware of their eligibility for special Medicare Advantageplans that offer broader provider networks and richer medical benefits than available under Medicaidalone. In 2017, 60 percent of calls fielded by eHealth’s Medicarecustomer service line involved helping beneficiaries connect to Medicare Savings Programs, the Extra Help program and dual-eligible special needs Medicare Advantageplans.
- Extra Help with Drug Costs: According to the
Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare Part Denrollees spend about $500per year on average for prescription drug costs, an amount that is expected to grow significantly in the next decade. Seniors struggling to pay for prescription drugs are in search of ways to lower their costs. Many are surprised to learn that they qualify for and can receive free assistance by signing up for Extra Help -- the Medicareprogram that limits drug costs for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements. eHealth’s data show that 90 percent of those enrolled in Medicareprescription drug coverage may be overpaying for their drugs, and could save more than $500per year on average by switching to a plan optimized for their personal prescription regimen.
- Extra Benefits: Original
Medicaredoesn’t cover benefits such as dental, vision and hearing services. Exposure to high out-of-pocket costs leaves 75 percent of Medicarebeneficiaries who need a hearing aid unable to obtain one; 70 percent of those unable to afford dental services report having had trouble eating because of their teeth. eHealth’s Medicarecall center fields many calls each month from people looking for ways to help pay for these services. Most of the Medicarebeneficiaries eHealth talks to don’t know that some Medicare Advantageplans can cover such services and that there are standalone policies specifically designed to provide benefits in these categories.
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