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Month: December 2017

919-238-7065 Phone Number is Calling and Leaving Voicemail – Is It Real or Spam?

There is a possibility that the phone number 919-238-7065 has contacted you in the months of November or December of 2017. This is the phone number of a very reputable health insurance agency – The MAIR Agency. They have been of great assistance to a number of our readers that are looking for information on Medicare supplements, general healthcare insurance information and more. Do not think this is a spam phone calling you. This is an actual person/agent that can assist you with your insurance related questions.

If you have been called by The MAIR Agency, we can vouch that they offer a great service at no cost. You can get information about options with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) moving forward. This includes plans for 2018 and beyond. If you have any questions you can also contact them directly a their website here.

Last Minute Health Insurance Options in NC in December 2017

If you’d like to change your Blue Cross NC Blue Medicare HMO Essential health insurance plan for 2018, you should do so this month so that your coverage can begin on January 1, 2018. If you do not choose a new plan, you will stay with your current plan. Let’s take a closer look at some of the changes to the Blue Cross NC Blue Medicare HMO Essential plan:

The monthly premium will change from $77.60 in 2017 to $56.80 in 2018. However, your monthly premium will increase if you have a higher income or are required to pay a lifetime Part D enrollment penalty. It will be less if you are receiving “Extra Help” with your prescription costs.

Maximum out-of-pocket expenses for 2018 will be $6,700, the same as they were this year. Once you have paid your $6,700 out-of-pocket for Part A and Part B services, you won’t be required to pay anything for covered services the rest of the year.

Since there are changes to the provider and pharmacy network for 2018, it is in your best interest to visit The Mair Agency to and they can help you take a look at the updated provider and pharmacy directory. You should check to see if your primary care physician, specialists, hospital, and pharmacy are in our network for the upcoming year.

There are also some changes to the benefits and costs for medical services such as ambulance services, colorectal cancer screening, emergency care, inpatient mental health care, outpatient mental health care, outpatient surgeries, physician services, and skilled nursing facility care. You can learn about these changes by visiting The Mair Agency as well.

To compare your health insurance options, we encourage you to go to and click “Find health & drug plans.” You’ll gain access to information about costs, coverage and quality ratings for a variety of Medicare plans. If you’d like some assistance selecting the right plan, don’t hesitate to contact the MAIR Agency.

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