A Healthy CollaborationSM

Help For Caregivers

Are you helping friends or loved ones find the right Medicare Advantage Plan?

TexanPlus Medicare Advantage plans offer generous health and wellness benefits, including $0 preventative screenings and $0 co-pay for transportation to and from a network doctor’s office and other approved locations (up to 24 trips per year). That’s peace of mind for your whole family.

Remember: It is important to gather as much information as possible to help them make the right decision. Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Be sure to set aside time to talk about their needs – at least 30 minutes to an hour.
  • While it is important to be sensitive to their privacy, you can help them make the best decision if you know:
    • Their medical history
    • Any prescription drugs they take
    • What doctors they visit
    • What hospitals they prefer
  • Find out what kind of medical insurance they have now, including Medicaid, which is different from Medicare
  • Ask them how involved they want you to be. Do they want you to make decisions about their Medicare plan on their behalf?
    • If so, you need to become an appointed representative. An appointed representative can be a friend, relative, advocate, doctor or anyone else of the beneficiary’s choosing. In order to act as an appointed representative for someone enrolled in a TexanPlus plan, you and the person enrolled in the plan must sign and date an Appointment of Representative Form.

Once you know more about their needs, you’re ready to find a plan.

Once you have found the right plan and are ready to enroll, you’ll need the following:

  • Beneficiary's first, middle and last name (spelled correctly)
  • Beneficiary's date of birth
  • Beneficiary’s home phone number including area code
  • Beneficiary’s permanent street address
  • The mailing address to which all correspondence will be sent (this could be yours or the beneficiary’s)
  • Emergency contact information (this could be you or another person)
  • Beneficiary’s Medicare card
  • Any additional prescription plan information, if applicable
  • Social Security or checking account information if premiums will be deducted directly from an account

M0018_SCOTweb2_r1_1108 CMS Pending CMS Approval H4506 Last updated: 11/15/2008

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