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Frequently Asked Questions2022-10-10T17:29:31+00:00

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Explore the questions most asked by people when choosing an Optum doctor and Medicare Advantage plan.

About Optum

Do Optum patients really stay healthier?2022-08-31T13:51:22+00:00

On average, Optum patients stay healthier. They spend less time in the hospital. They get checkups more often. Choosing Optum means you are choosing a doctor who is focused on preventing illnesses before they start. Our healthiest patients commit to seeing their doctors for their wellness visits and checkups, getting their health screenings when recommended, and take their medications regularly.

How does Optum help people with long-term medical conditions?2022-08-31T13:50:41+00:00

From diabetes to heart disease, your Optum primary care doctor works with their care managers to help you manage any chronic and complex conditions you may have. They support your unique health care needs to precisely provide the care most likely to improve your health. This can reduce out-of-pocket costs and get rid of tests and procedures you don’t need.

How does Optum help me prevent health problems before they start?2022-09-27T19:05:28+00:00

You and your doctor work together to create a personal care plan. We help you stay up to date with vaccines, cancer screenings, managing your pre-existing conditions and more. This helps you avoid needless medical costs and procedures. We help you take the small steps that lead to big results.

How does Optum help me stay healthy between doctor visits?2022-08-31T13:49:29+00:00

We help you stay healthy everyday by providing health education, nutrition tips, virtual exercise classes and more. With community partners, we help those who might feel lonely or alone. We also help with the social factors that affect your health.

What makes Optum different?2022-08-31T13:47:36+00:00

At Optum, your doctor and care team’s priority is to keep you healthy. This means using the rich health data that only we have to help you make better choices for your health and decisions about your care. Our doctors look at your health history and current situation and match it with our data on what keeps patients the healthiest. They then use this information to help you get the right health screenings, guide wellness and lifestyle choices, and get care in the way that’s easiest for you.

What do I get when I choose an Optum doctor?2022-08-31T13:45:21+00:00

As an Optum patient with a Medicare Advantage plan, you get:

  • A primary care doctor and care team who give personalized care and the services you need
  • Faster, easier ways to get care in the office, by phone and at home
  • Extra support to help you reach your goals
  • Cost savings by staying up to date with preventive care

About Medicare

How can I learn more about my Medicare choices?2022-10-13T22:05:28+00:00

The best way to learn about your Medicare choices is to talk with a licensed, independent agent. They’ll help you understand your choices and what plans are available to you. To learn more, you can also attend a Medicare event in your area taught by one of these agents.

Why is Optum a good choice for people with a Medicare Advantage plan?2022-08-31T14:28:17+00:00

Over 100 insurance companies select Optum doctors to be part of their network. This makes it easier to choose the most affordable plan for your needs.

What do I need to know about signing up for Medicare?2022-08-31T13:52:05+00:00

Your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period is a seven-month window. It begins three months before your 65th birthday, includes your birthday month, and ends three months after you turn 65. You also have the opportunity to enroll during the Annual Election Period, which is October 15 – December 7. It’s important to enroll during your enrollment window. If you do not enroll during this time, you could have a late enrollment penalty or a gap in coverage.

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At Optum, everything we do is centered around you, so you can live your healthiest life.

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