Medicare Guidance: Save Yourself Time, Stress, and Money by Staying Local
Your Insurance Gal Agency is your place for answers!
Published: October 24, 2022, 5:00am
When it comes to fruit & veggies, music or art sometimes your local experts just do things better. You look for local help when it comes to your home repairs, auto care and legal advice, shouldn’t you be looking for local guidance for your insurance as well? In conjunction with the diversity in talents and skill sets in Southwest Washington, one usually doesn’t have to look far to find quality professionals who know how to treat their clients like more than just a number. You’ve probably seen plenty of insurance advertisements over the past few weeks and you’ll be seeing more in the weeks to come.
This time of year, folks get inundated with Medicare ads! Next time you come across one vying for your Medicare business, take a close look at the phone numbers listed. Do you know what state your call is going to? Do you know if the person answering has any idea what our local medical environment is like? If you can’t answer those questions, you may want to think twice about calling. Although the big insurance companies you’ve been seeing ads for have excellent plans, enrolling through those 1-800 numbers may not be such a good move. Often, these numbers ring to out-of-state call centers with representatives trained to field your call and enroll you in a plan as quickly as possible. While convenient to dial, using these call centers to sign up may result in you being enrolled on a Medicare plan that doesn’t cover your medication properly or allow you to access your healthcare team.
Using a local insurance broker is more than just supporting small businesses, it also helps ensure you’re getting unbiased, transparent guidance from someone who knows the “lay of the land”. They will know which network your doctor or preferred hospital is in, thereby guiding you to a plan where you can feel comfortable knowing you have the access you need.
When you’re looking for Medicare advice, be sure to look for someone who will look at your lifestyle, health needs, medications, and doctors when recommending a plan. Local brokers will take the time to sit with you, thoroughly explain your options, and check provider and medication directories to ensure all your needs are met. Ultimately, using a local broker means forming an ongoing relationship so you always have someone to call when you need guidance.
You should also ask what companies a broker can offer you when you meet with them. Most independent brokers like Stacey Johnson and the agents at Your Insurance Gal Agency, contract with multiple (if not all) companies and are able to help you compare your options without steering you towards a certain carrier. Because these agents are independently contracted, you can feel confident that their loyalty always lies with you rather than a corporate allegiance. If you’re familiar with the old TV show Cheers, you’ll likely recall the famous line “You wanna be where everybody knows your name.” If you want to be treated like more than just a number, you want local Medicare help. Choosing Your Insurance Gal Agency to help with your Medicare planning just makes sense!
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