By Reg Jones
Q. I need help deciding whether to keep my Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance after being eligible (Nov. 1) for Medicare. I pay $125 monthly for BC/BS coverage today. I received a letter from Medicare stating that I am to be covered for Medicare Part A and Part B. If I do not refuse Plan B, I will be charged $105 monthly by Medicare. I wonder why I should pay $105 more every month for medical insurance coverage. I need to know whether to give up the Plan B coverage and not pay the $105 monthly or whether to give up my federal retiree BCBS coverage, which costs $125 monthly. I do not think I need to keep both, but I could be wrong. What do most other retirees do? I called BC/BS for some help, and they said it is 50/50 as to what people do in my situation. That answer was no help to me.
A. I have no idea what you should do. However, I can tell you that most employees and retirees keep their Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage and accept Medicare Part A because they’ve already paid for it. Those who accept Part B do so because they either know (or strongly believe) that the additional coverage will be worth the cost or they are afraid that not doing so will work to their disadvantage down the road.
alan wyck Says:
August 5th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
often the most valuable part of your federal coverage
is the prescription drug component. if for whatever reason you choose to enroll Part B you should compare the premium of your retiree plan to what a Medicare supplement and parte de would cost. in other words you want to decide between having Part B and your federal plan vs Part B , Part D and a Medicaresupplement. I think you will find the $125 premium for your federal plan will be less then the cost of plan an F and Part D howeveryou may also find that a Medicare supplement is more comprehensive coverage
your federal plan supplement