Medicare Insurance Plans in the state of Iowa
Medicare is a federally sponsored health insurance program available to those over the age of 65, as well as to individuals who have certain disabilities. At the state level, however, there exist specific organizations that help beneficiaries better understand the Medicare process, and Medicare recipients may even qualify to receive state subsidies, depending on their circumstances. Consider the following information if you are interested in obtaining Medicare coverage in the state of Iowa.
Below you’ll find general information about the different types of Medicare plans that may be available in Iowa:
Medicare Advantage Plans cover all that Medicare Part A and Part B cover, and may include additional benefits.
Medicare Part D plans can be paired with Medicare Part A and Part B to cover the costs of prescription drugs.
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans can be purchased in addition to Medicare Part A and Part B. These plans provide coverage for co-payments, deductibles and coinsurance, and some also cover medical services not covered by Medicare Part A and Part B.
These Medicare plans are offered by private insurance companies that are approved by Medicare. These plans generally have a monthly premium amount you are responsible for, an additional to your Part B monthly premium. The costs for these plans can differ depending on the company offering the plan and on your location.
Medicare Savings Programs in the state of Iowa
Medicare can prove to be costly for some people, especially if you need regular prescription drugs and medical attention. If you need help with paying for these costs, in some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments if you meet certain conditions. There are four Medicare Savings Programs available in the state of Iowa for which you may qualify.
*The following data is from 2017 and is based on Federal amounts. If your income from working and resources are slightly higher, you should still apply, you may qualify for benefits even if your income is higher than the limits listed.
- *Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs): The program helps pay for Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, as well as co-payments, deductibles, and cost-sharing. For individuals, the monthly income limit is $1,025, and for married couples, it is a monthly income limit of $1,374.
- *Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs):The program helps pay the Medicare Part B premiums for individuals with a monthly income under $1,226, and for married couples with a combined monthly income under $1,644.
- *Qualified Individuals (QIs): The program may pay for Medicare Part B premiums for individuals with a monthly income under $1,377 and married couples with a combined income under $1,847 a month.
- *Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWIs): The program helps pay for Medicare Part A premiums for individuals with a monthly income limit under $4,105 and married couples with a combined income limit under $5,499 per month.
*Data from Medicare.gov
Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) of Iowa can help you understand your Medicare benefits and related health care coverage. Iowa SHIIP provides confidential and personal Medicare beneficiary counseling in Iowa.
Iowa SHIIP provides education, counseling, and information concerning:
- Medicare (Parts A and B)
- Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C)
- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D)
- Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)
- Prescription assistance programs
- Long-term care and payment options
- Health care rights and protections
- Low-income assistance programs
Iowa SHIIP engages in advocacy for Medicare beneficiaries to address claim questions and disputes. Iowa SHIIP has hundreds of trained and certified volunteers to assist statewide, funded by a grant through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
(Extra Help) for Prescription Drugs
*Low-Income Subsidy (Extra Help) Program: In 2017, you may qualify if you have up to $18,090 in yearly income ($24,360 for a married couple) and up to $13,820 in resources ($27,600 for a married couple).
As an Iowa resident, you may consider consulting with one of the trained MedicareSolutions.com licensed sales agents for personal help specific to your area. A licensed sales agent can work with you to compare plans and help you narrow down to the one that offers the Medicare insurance benefits that best meets your needs.