Sunday, October 15, 2017

2018 Medicare Plans Now Available - Compare & Enroll Today!

Compare Texas 2018 Medicare Plans Online

Agents Legacy Group, LLC is a leading Medicare Plan insurance agency in Texas with an online 2018 Medicare Plan enrollment platform for clients and agents. Since 2007, ALG has helped thousands of seniors find the “RightFit” Medicare Advantage Plan.

We are Agents Legacy Group. Our Agents are different because they make a difference. Prospective members need a knowledgeable and trustworthy agent to help them make these decisions.
Our unrivaled knowledge and experience give our Texas agents an advantage to help individuals, families, and employers make informed and confident healthcare decisions.

When it's time for a Texas Medicare Advantage Plan, get the coverage you need, look to the team at Agents Legacy Group. We've got you covered with over 100 years of Medicare Advantage Plan experience. We offer both 2018 Texas Medicare Advantage Plans and Texas Medigap (Supplements) as well.

Corporate or captive Texas insurance agents typically represent the interests of an exclusive company and push a single "brand" of insurance. The Agents Legacy Group is able to offer clients various options to best suit their individual Texas plan needs, the “RightFit”. This is because we represent a variety of trusted Texas Medicare Plan companies. By providing our clients with a selection of choices, we help them select Medicare Plan policies and coverages that best serve their specific needs.


The Agents Legacy Group is dedicated to providing our Texas clients with the best product, service and customer care available in the Medicare Plan industry. Our team is responsible for making sure your best interests are protected. Unfortunately, we can't predict the future, but we can help protect you from unexpected healthcare expense.

Call Sonia for Details! 817-689-3536

Sonia Ashford is an independent insurance agent in the Medicare field and has delivered hundreds of speeches about turning 65, Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement insurance to consumers in Tarrant County. A respected agent within the Medicare insurance industry, she is the owner of Ashford Insurance Services. Visit Sonia's agency website https://ashfordinsuranceservices.com to learn more about how she can help you with your Medicare decisions.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Thank You from Sonia Ashford

Sonia Ashford of Ashford Insurance Services, LLC here with a short note for you. Fall has finally arrived and as a valued client, I want to take a moment to thank you for your business! You have trusted me to help you find Medicare health insurance that meets your needs and it is my pleasure serving you.

I just wanted to remind you that I am an Independent Insurance Agent. This means I work directly for my clients, (that means you) and allows me to offer several of the prominent/popular Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance Plans in Texas.

Also, just so you know, I offer Life, Dental, Vision, Accident, Cancer, Travel, Hospital Indemnity and Burial Insurance plans.

The 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment season will run from October 15, 2017, through December 7, 2017, and you will soon be receiving your plans Annual Notice Of Change in the mail if you have not already.

Here is what I recommend:
 
  1. Read your 2018 Annual Notice of Change as soon as you receive it. This tells you what is different for next year.
  2. Confirm that your prescriptions are still available in the 2018 Prescription Drug Formulary. The insurance companies may delete and add drugs or even change the Tiers, cost shares and deductibles from year to year.  
  3. Call your doctors and other providers to confirm that they will continue to accept your current plan in the coming year. If they will not and you wish to continue to see them, ask for a list of plans that they will be taking.
  4. *Call me if you find something that concerns you. Some of my clients will need to call me while most will be fine where they are.

 If you wish to change Medicare Insurance plans for any reason *call me so we can find the right plan for you.

My hope is that all my clients are already in the right plan for next year. It's just not possible to know for sure until the new changes are unveiled in early October.

 As you may have experienced, deciphering Medicare plans can be confusing. You most likely have friends or family who could benefit from learning more about the available Medicare health insurance options.

I would be honored to assist anyone you refer to me and I will ensure they also obtain health care coverage that meets their needs. As always, I offer these services at no cost or obligation, the insurance carriers compensate me when someone signs up on a plan.

If you know someone who is retiring or turning 65 and would be interested in receiving more information or who might need assistance navigating Medicare health insurance options, please have them *call me.

Check our website or social media for a list of places I will be having Medicare Plan Meetings and bring a friend.

**Please note I will be out of the office from Oct 4-10th and will be ready to assist you with your Medicare needs.

I'm glad to have you as my client.

Please forward this to anyone that could use my help.

Regards,









Sonia Ashford
(817) 689-3536
seniorhealthtx@gmail.com
ashfordinsuranceservices.com
RightFitPlans.com


 
Try This Great Fall Twist on Alfredo:

PUMPKIN ALFREDO

prep 5 mins
cook 15 mins
total 20 mins
yield 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fettuccine (reserve 1 cup of pasta water)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a stockpot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water, then add fettuccine. Cook until al dente (check package instructions)
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and cook for about a minute, careful not to burn. Stir in half & half, Parmesan, pumpkin, and nutmeg. Stir until sauce is heated through and cheese is melted. Stir in pasta water, about 1/4 cup at a time, until sauce is desired consistency (I used about 1/2 a cup, and it was thick and creamy. For a thinner sauce, use more water).
  3. Add pasta and cook over medium-high heat until sauce is smooth and pasta is well coated; about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Divide into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley and fresh grated Parmesan, if desired.
Recipe by Yellow Bliss Road at https://www.yellowblissroad.com/pumpkin-alfredo/

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tarrant County Medicare Plan Meetings

Small Meetings & Workshops

Ashford Insurance Services, LLC holds several Small Group Meetings and Workshops in convenient neighborhood locations throughout the year in several nearby cities in D/FW. These meetings will go over the basics of Medicare. Then we go over a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Supplement Plans including eligibility information and the enrollment process. Here is a list by date of locations and times:


City Venue Address Zip Date Time
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 8/28/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 9/6/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 9/13/2017 2:30PM-3:30PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 9/27/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 10/11/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 10/11/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 10/11/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 10/17/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 10/18/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 10/18/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 10/18/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 10/19/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 10/24/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 10/25/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 10/25/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 10/25/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 10/26/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 10/31/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 11/1/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 11/1/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 11/1/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 11/2/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 11/7/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 11/8/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 11/8/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 11/8/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 11/9/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Fort Worth UHC Medicare Store 6238 Rufe Snow Dr #218 76148 11/13/2017 6:00PM-7:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 11/14/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 11/15/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 11/15/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 11/15/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 11/16/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Fort Worth UHC Medicare Store 6238 Rufe Snow Dr #218 76148 11/27/2017 6:00PM-7:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 11/28/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 11/29/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 11/29/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 11/29/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 11/30/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Hurst Panera 1804 Precinct Line Rd 76054 12/5/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Bedford Buttermilk Café 337 E. Pipeline Rd 76022 12/6/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Euless Dennys 1015 Spur 350 West 76040 12/6/2017 5:30PM-6:30PM
Euless IHOP 2710 TX Hwy 121 76039 12/6/2017 9:00AM-10:00AM
Richland Hills El Chico 7621 Baker Blouvard 76118 12/7/2017 2:00PM-3:00PM
Fort Worth UHC Medicare Store 6238 Rufe Snow Dr #218 76148 12/11/2017 6:00PM-7:00PM

Please bring:


Your list of questions for the sales representative.

Your Medicare ID card.

Other health care coverage documents to help you compare your choices.

Your Medicare-eligible friends, so they can learn more about Medicare, too.


A sales person will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings call 1-888-457-1794 (TTY 711).

Call Sonia for Details! 817-689-3536










Sonia Ashford is an independent insurance agent in the Medicare field and has delivered hundreds of speeches about turning 65, Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement insurance to consumers in Tarrant County. A respected agent within the Medicare insurance industry, she is the owner of Ashford Insurance Services. Visit Sonia's agency website http://ashfordinsuranceservices.com to learn more about how she can help you with your Medicare decisions.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Medicare & Extra Help


Medicare has four basic forms of coverage:


• Part A: Pays for hospitalization costs
• Part B: Pays for physician services, lab and x-ray services, durable medical equipment, and outpatient and other services
• Part C: Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) offered by private companies approved by Medicare
• Part D: Assists with the cost of prescription drugs

Medicare enrollees who have limited income and resources may get help paying for their premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses from Medicaid (e.g. MSPs, QMBs, SLBs, and QIs).

Medicaid also covers additional services beyond those provided under Medicare, including nursing facility care beyond the 100-day limit or skilled nursing facility care that Medicare covers, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Services covered by both programs are first paid by Medicare with Medicaid filling in the difference up to the state's payment limit.

Medicaid


Medicaid is a joint federal/state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.

Medicare Savings Programs


State Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) programs help pay premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, prescription drug coverage costs.

PACE


PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a Medicare/Medicaid program that helps people meet health care needs in community.

Save on drug costs


Qualify for extra help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage if you meet certain income and resource limits.

Programs for people in U.S. territories


Programs in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, for people with limited income and resources.

Find your level of Extra Help (Part D)


Your level of extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs described on a purple, yellow, green, or orange colored notice from Medicare.

Insure Kids Now


The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or low-cost health coverage for more than 7 million children up to age 19. CHIP covers U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.


Where to apply for Medicaid:



Friday, July 28, 2017

Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and Medicare



Teachers are public servants who typically devote years or decades of service and unparalleled commitment to the process of educating a new generation. Texas retired teachers receive benefits through the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), and Texas teachers’ health care benefits are administered through TRS-Care.
TRS-Care is a network-oriented health benefits program. If you use health providers who are part of the TRS-Care statewide and national network, the plan generally reimburses you for 80% of eligible expenses after your annual deductible is met. For current Medicare recipients, TRS-Care deductibles are fairly high depending on the plan. For Spouses, they range even higher.
The question comes up, “Should someone with TRS as his primary medical insurance even bother to enroll in Medicare”?  The answer is a resounding YES. When a retiree reaches 65, TRS assumes that the retiree has Medicare and pays accordingly. So, for example, if you go to the hospital or to a doctor TRS will assume that Medicare is paying 80 percent of your expenses and TRS will pay the other 20 percent minus the deductible. If you do not have Medicare to pay the remaining balance you will be responsible for it.
With changes being made to the TRS Care budget, retired teachers in Texas are estimated to face large rate increases on their coverage, possibly doubling or tripling their current premiums, deductibles, and co-pays for health care in 2018.

Less Expensive Alternatives to TRS

With the cost of TRS plans, deductibles and co-pays rising higher every year, especially for Medicare eligible spouses, looking at non-TRS alternative plans can make a huge difference in the lives of retired teachers living on fixed incomes.
Remember, once you leave TRS benefits they will not let you back in, but with their track record does this really financially matter? 

TEXAS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

Also called Medicare Part C plans, Medicare Advantage plans are offered by Medicare-approved private companies to Medicare recipients throughout Texas. If you’re already enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, you have the option of replacing your Part A and Part B coverage with similar coverage provided by your Part C plan. But there is more. A great thing about Medicare Advantage is that it can cover a wide range of services: dental, vision, hearing, and prescription drugs to name just a few, that Original Medicare does not.
Another great thing about Medicare Advantage is its affordability. There may even be a Medicare Advantage plan that doesn’t require you to pay a monthly premium! 

TEXAS MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE

Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) plans are designed to help fill the gaps in Original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. Medigap plans are sold by private insurance companies to people already enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
Insurance companies offering the same Medigap plans have to offer the same benefits. However, companies are free to apply their own pricing and underwriting practices. Therefore, it is important to shop the market before choosing a plan. 

In Summary

You are probably being bombarded by information about Medicare and how to supplement your current health care coverage. But before making a decision about what coverage is best for you, you can’t go wrong by comparing your Medicare plan options anomalously at RightFitPlans.com. It also won’t cost you a cent if you need to talk to one of our licensed, bonded senior healthcare representatives.
You can compare the top-rated companies and options to find the coverage and rates that best suit your needs and budget. While others claim to shop the competition on your behalf, at RightFitPlans.com you can do it yourself.
If you have any questions about Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B), Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap), Medicare Advantage (Part C), or Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), RightFitPlans.com is at your service. For the best health care coverage at the very best price, why not give RightFitPlans.com a click or call today?
Sonia Ashford
817-689-3536

Sonia Ashford is an Independent Insurance Agent in the Medicare field and has delivered hundreds of speeches about turning 65, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans to consumers in Tarrant, Dallas & surrounding counties. A respected agent within the Medicare Insurance industry, she is the owner of Ashford Insurance Services, LLC and a Member of Agents Legacy Group, LLC. Visit Sonia's agency website: http://ashfordinsuranceservices.com to learn more about how she can help you with your Medicare decisions. Visit RightFitPlans.com to research, compare, select and enroll in Medicare Insurance Plans Online. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MEDICARE: Common Myths Debunked

I receive many questions on a daily basis on the phone and in our social media.  Medicare, because of its many unique regulations and rules along with the fact that it is ever changing and evolving, is outright confusing.  Here are some of the top myths/concerns that I hear on a regular basis, to explain the truth to you. Are there any concerns or questions about Medicare that we can answer for you? 


Myth: The cost of Medicare is free

Truth:  Medicare is far from free. You may pay monthly or quarterly premiums, along with deductibles, coinsurance, and co-pays. The amounts for 2017 are as follows:

Part A: Usually there is no premium charge for Part A IF you and/or your spouse has worked and paid into Medicare taxes for 40 quarters (10 taxable years). If you have a premium payment for Part A you may pay up to $413 a month.  Also, the “per benefit period” deductible for Part A is $1316.

Part B: The monthly premium for 2017 is $134. People with income over specific limits will pay more. The annual deductible is $183. After having met your deductible you will typically pay 20% of the “Medicare approved amount” for most of your doctor services, outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment. 

Part C: Medicare Advantage Plans. The Part C monthly premiums and co-pays varies by plan. 

Part D: These monthly premiums also will vary by plan.


Myth: When I turn 65 I can enroll in Medicare whenever I choose

Truth: For first-time enrollees, it is wise to enroll at age 65. You will have a 7-month Initial Coverage Enrollment Period (ICEP) that begins 3 months preceding your 65th birthday and will cover the month of your birth, and the 3 months immediately following in which to enroll. As far as enrollment goes, the sooner the better. Procrastinating too long could mean facing financial penalties later. 
  
If you are continuing to work past age 65 and have coverage through an employer, or if you are 65 and plan to remain on your spouse’s health plan, you could delay your Medicare enrollment as long as your current coverage is considered “creditable”, meaning it’s as good as Medicare. OR you may elect Part A only (which is usually premium free) and delay Part B until you retire.  Depending on the size of the group health plan, one would pay primary while the other pays secondary. Always consult with your HR department to first make sure your current coverage is considered creditable.  Once no longer employed you will be able to enroll in Medicare within an 8 month period of time.

For existing Medicare beneficiaries, there is an Annual Open Enrollment Period that runs from October 15th to December 7th every year. This is the time when everyone on Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug plans for the next year if they see the need to. During this time period, I suggest that you take the time to review your plan, and any changes providers may implement for the upcoming year to make sure your needs will be covered and that you are still in the "RightFit" plan. 



Myth: Medicare Pays for Everything

Truth: There are a number of services that Medicare does not cover. For example, Medicare does not cover standard dental, vision, or hearing care. If these are services that you find yourself in need of, you may want to consider a Medicare Advantage plan that has these extras, or you may wish to purchase separate health insurance plans for these services from a private insurer. If you find that these are needs your current Medicare coverage does not provide and you need some guidance in this area, give me a call and I can provide assistance with that. 



Myth: My bad health will disqualify me for Medicare Coverage

Fact: Sadly, many people think that they can be denied Medicare coverage because of preexisting conditions or are in poor health. However, this is not the case. You can receive Medicare coverage once you qualify for it by either turning 65 or after having been on Medicare disability for 23 months. 


Note, Medicare supplement plans are different when it comes to their acceptance. If you are in your Medicare Supplement (MediGap) Open Enrollment Period- the 6 month period that coincides with your 65th birthday or your Medicare Part B start date, supplemental insurers cannot deny your application for Medigap insurance.  Once outside of this Open Enrollment period, they may be able to deny you coverage depending on your health in some cases.


Sonia Ashford
817-689-3536

Sonia Ashford is an Independent Insurance Agent in the Medicare field and has delivered hundreds of speeches about turning 65, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans to consumers in Tarrant, Dallas & surrounding counties. A respected agent within the Medicare Insurance industry, she is the owner of Ashford Insurance Services, LLC and a Member of Agents Legacy Group, LLC. Visit Sonia's agency website: http://ashfordinsuranceservices.com to learn more about how she can help you with your Medicare decisions. Visit RightFitPlans.com to research, compare, select and enroll in Medicare Insurance Plans Online.