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A Navigator can help make life easier for dual health plan members
Posted: October 15, 2020
Last updated date: September 15, 2023
Life isn’t easy for those who have both Medicare and Medicaid. Many people who are dual-eligible for Medicaid and Medicare have chronic health issues. They may need to see a number of different care providers on a regular basis. They may also see mental health counselors for depression or anxiety. And therapists to help with pain and mobility. They may also need special medical equipment or help with transportation.
It can take a lot of time and energy to coordinate multiple care providers and services. For people who are dual-eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, the paperwork alone can be confusing.
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Dual health plans, or Dual Special Needs plans, are for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Dual health plans (D-SNP's) include extra benefits to help ease the challenges faced by dual-eligible members. Some of these extra benefits cover care and services that go above and beyond Medicaid and Original Medicare.* Other services make it easier for dual health plan members to manage their care. That’s where a Navigator comes in.
A Navigator serves as your single point of contact to help with your care needs
How do Navigators help dual-eligible plan members?
When you have a lot of care needs, and you have both Medicaid and Medicare, it can be hard to find your way in the health care system. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to help guide you and help answer your questions? A Navigator is your go-to person to help you every step of the way on your health journey. There’s no cost for this service.
Just like the name says, your Navigator can help you:
- Make a plan to help with questions about your medical, transportation and food needs
- Schedule appointments and transportation to your doctor, dentist or pharmacy
- Review your benefits to help you get the most out of your plan
- Help make sure you and the people who take care of you at home have what you need
A Navigator is your go-to person for support
For dual health plan members, a Navigator serves as your single point of contact. Your Navigator is a trusted advisor. Someone who’ll learn about your specific health challenges. Your Navigator will work with you, your family and your caregivers to make sure your care needs are met.
It can be a complex, often confusing world for those who are dual-eligible and qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. Having a dual health plan can help simplify things. But it’s even better to have a Navigator who you can call to get answers and extra support when you need it.
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*Benefits and features vary by plan/area. Limitations and exclusions apply.
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