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Dual health plans are for people who have both Medicaid and Medicare. When people find out about the extra benefits and features dual health plans offer, they get pretty excited. But that can be quickly replaced by fear that they could lose their Medicaid benefits. The truth is, a dual health plan won’t change your Medicaid benefits in any way. Plus, you could get more Medicare benefits. Read on to see how it works.
To get a dual health plan, you need to qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. You qualify for Medicaid based on having low income. You need to meet the income requirements in your state. You qualify for Medicare based on age (being 65 or older) or due to having a disability. People who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare are “dual-eligible.” That also makes them eligible for a dual health plan.
If you already have Medicare coverage, you probably have Original Medicare. A dual health plan is a special kind of Medicare plan, called a Medcare Advantage plan. It includes everything you get with Original Medicare, plus prescription drug coverage and many other extra benefits. and features on top. And you could get it all for a $0 plan premium.
A dual health plan doesn’t replace your Medicaid plan. You’ll keep all the same Medicaid plan and all the same Medicaid benefits you get now. It puts people’s minds at ease to know they don’t give up anything to get a dual health plan. With a dual health plan, you have nothing to lose and so much more to gain.
Enter your ZIP code below to search for dual health plans available in your area. Or learn more about how to enroll in a dual eligible plan.
If you qualify for a dual health plan, you may have quite a lot of medical needs. It’s understandable why you might be hesitant to switch. Why go through all that hassle? Well, the whole point of dual plans is to help make life easier. At UnitedHealthcare, we’ve helped many many people switch. We know how to make enrolling in a dual health plan as easy as possible.
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