Selecting a plan and enrolling in Medicare can be overwhelming. Thankfully, an agent, also known as a Licensed Insurance Consultant, serves as a guide to help those who are Medicare-eligible find a plan that works for them.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulates Medicare plan marketing to ensure Medicare-eligible individuals are not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, some disregard these guidelines and may exploit enrollment opportunities.
That’s why our team of Licensed Insurance Consultants is here to ensure you are respected in making your Medicare decision. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with practices an insurance agent shouldn’t do.
An agent shouldn’t be reaching out to you regarding Medicare Advantage Plans
Did you know that agents are not allowed to call you unless you have requested to be contacted or you are a member of a plan they helped you join?
Even if you did request to be called or they are your existing agent, plan representatives cannot do certain things. For instance, they cannot ask for your personal information over the phone unless it’s for verification or enrollment purposes.
Additionally, an agent helping you with Medicare plans cannot come to your home uninvited. Of course, you can meet with a Licensed Insurance Consultant at your home if you request an appointment.
Finally, it’s important to be aware that agents cannot market their plans or enroll you during an educational event like a health fair or conference.
Review the complete list of Rules for Medicare plans to protect yourself from agents stepping outside the bounds of acceptable action.
Leaving out details is not acceptable
Leaving out information when providing plan details can lead to costly consequences for Medicare-eligible individuals. These negative outcomes could include overpaying for things that don’t apply to them. Or worse, lacking coverage for care that they need in the future.
If your agent isn’t telling you the whole story, that can be a big problem for you later.
Agents who are reputable will not will omit information or questions so that they can maximize their commission rather than your benefit.
For example, an agent may suggest a Medicare Advantage Plan implying there is no cost. An unsuspecting individual might sign up for the plan and be shocked to find themselves responsible for medical expenses that were not explained to them.
Choose an agent who you can trust
You need to choose an agent whose desire is to be with you every step of the way.
You should have peace of mind throughout the enrollment process and beyond. Therefore, you should look for an agent who has the experience and tools to help you find a plan for your specific needs and budget in your coverage area.
Grace Agency is a trusted local resource for those who are Medicare eligible. Our team of Licensed Insurance Consultants understands that it can be confusing to navigate Medicare.
That’s why we’ve cultivated a team whose only goal is to help. We always prioritize checking your doctors’ networks, reviewing prescription drugs, and discussing your needs. Then we can lay all of the options before you and help you enroll in the plan or plans that make the most sense for you.
Ready to take the next step? Schedule an appointment with an experienced, reputable Insurance Consultant who will take the time to find the plan that is right for your specific needs.