2021 Nebraska Medicare Plans

Many residents obtain their health insurance by signing up for Nebraska Medicare insurance coverage. This is a federal program that offers health insurance for people who are at least 65 years old, although those under 65 with certain disabilities may qualify as well. The Nebraska state government also offers various assistance programs to assist Medicare beneficiaries.

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Nebraska Medicare Insurance Trends

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported the following information on 2021 Medicare trends in Nebraska:

  • Currently, 353,755 Nebraskans are enrolled in Medicare.
  • The average Medicare Advantage monthly premium went from $12.68 in 2020 to $12.76 in 2021.
  • In 2021, there are 31 Medicare Advantage plans available in Nebraska.
  • Roughly 96% of Nebraskans with Medicare can purchase a Medicare Advantage plan. 92% have access to programs with $0 premiums.
  • There are 12 different Medigap plans offered in Nebraska for 2021.

Medicare Offered in Nebraska

Medicare is a government-sponsored health care program that offers financial assistance to American citizens ages 65 and over or those with disabilities.

Original Medicare

The primary coverage comes from Original Medicare, Part A, and Part B. Medicare Part A covers inpatient care in hospitals, critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Hospice care and some types of home health care are included as well.

Medicare Part B covers doctor services and outpatient hospital care and some health care services that are not covered in Medicare Part A. These include physical therapists and the use of durable medical supplies.

Medicare Part A does not typically require premiums, although in some cases, it may be required. Medicare Part B does require premiums based on the beneficiary’s income.

Both Medicare Part A and Part B may also require the beneficiary to pay for out-of-pocket expenses. These include deductibles, copays, and coinsurance costs.

Medicare Advantage

Also known as Medicare Part C, these Medicare Advantage Plans can take the place of Original Medicare. These are also available from private carriers with approval from Medicare. These plans provide the primary benefits included in Original Medicare, plus additional benefits such as coverage for health care services that are not covered by Medicare Part A and Part B. 

Companies offering Medicare Advantage plans in the state include:

  • Aetna Medicare
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
  • Bright Health
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Associates Health Plan, Inc.
  • UnitedHealthcare
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Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare authorizes some private health insurance companies in Nebraska to provide supplemental plans for Original Medicare. These plans, also called Medigap, can cover extra health care services that Original Medicare does not include. Plans may also cover the costs of deductibles, coinsurance, and copays.

Companies offering Medicare Supplement plans in the state include:

  • AARP – UnitedHealthcare
  • American Retirement
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
  • Colonial Penn
  • Everest
  • Garden State
  • Great Southern
  • Humana
  • Lumico
  • Medica
  • Oxford
  • Reserve National
  • State Farm
  • USAA

Nebraska Medicare Enrollment

Nebraskans are eligible for Medicare if they are a U.S. citizen and above 65 years old or are under 65 but are permanently disabled, have end-stage renal disease, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Use Medicare’s online eligibility tool if you are unsure if you qualify. 

Requirements

  • You are 65 or older, and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 40 quarters.
  • You are under age 65 and collect benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board for at least 24 consecutive months.
  • You have ESRD or ALS. 

Enrollment Period Dates

Initial Enrollment Period

This is a seven-month window that allows you to sign up for a plan

  • Begins 3 months before the month you turn 65
  • Ends 3 months after the month you turn 65

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

This is when you can sign up for a plan, switch a plan or leave a plan

  • Begins Starts October 15th
  • Ends December 7th

Special Enrollment Period

Special enrollment periods allow you to enroll outside the regular enrollment periods under specific circumstances. 

General Enrollment Period

This is when you can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B if you didn’t sign up when first eligible or if you’re not qualified for a Special Enrollment Period.

  • Starts January 1st
  • Ends March 31st

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

This is when you can switch or leave a Medicare Advantage Plan

  • Starts January 1st
  • Ends March 31st

Nebraska Enrollment Tips & Advice

Medicare and health insurance, in general, can be complicated. The state of Nebraska acknowledges this problem by running the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). This program offers free and unbiased information and counseling so that Nebraska residents can make informed decisions regarding Medicare and health insurance.

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How Do I Enroll in a Medicare Plan?

If you’re not sure about your Medicare coverage, talk to one of our licensed agents so that they can find the plan best suited for you. We’ll find a plan that suits your needs and your budget!

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