Clare Edwards

Understanding the “Science” of Medicare

Paula Dean and Charlotte Pritt, Insurance Specialists, SourcePoint

Medicare

“It’s not rocket science.” When it comes to understanding Medicare, this popular turn of phrase may be true in theory, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way to the 10,000 Americans who turn 65 every day. For Dave and Patt Stuebe, the time to enroll in Medicare was made more complicated by Patt’s multiple sclerosis (MS). They needed a prescription plan that would cover the cost of Patt’s medications, a cost that—without the right plan—could total as much as $80,000 per year.

The Stuebes (pictured at right with Paula), long-time Delaware County residents, attend the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Powell, where they first learned of SourcePoint and its insurance counseling services. They signed up for a New to Medicare class, a plan comparison workshop, and two one-on-one appointments with Paula. She helped the Stuebes explore and select the Medicare Supplement and Part D plans that would save them the most money. Patt is now able to get the prescriptions she needs for just $15 per month.

Dave said SourcePoint’s services are “critical” to Delaware County residents. He said,

“If SourcePoint charged for these insurance services, many would choose not to attend, thus losing out on valuable—and money-saving—roads to medical assistance.”

SourcePoint provides a variety of free insurance programs, including New to Medicare classes, plan comparison workshops, and one-on-one consultations to Delaware County residents. To learn more, go to MySourcePoint.org/insurance or call (740) 363-6677.

New Medicare Cards Will be Mailed Beginning April 2018

Newly designed Medicare cards will contain a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security number. This will help combat fraud and identity theft. For more information, go to cms.gov/newcard.