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Medicare Terms – S

Explaining Terms Used in Medicare

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Secondary Payer

The insurance policy, plan, or program that pays second on a claim for medical care. This could be Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance depending on the situation.


Service Area

A geographic area where the plan accepts members. The plan may limit membership based on where people live. For plans that limit which doctors and hospitals you may use, it’s also generally the area where you can get routine (non-emergency) services. The plan may disenroll you if you move out of the plan’s service area.


Skilled Nursing Care

Care like intravenous injections that can only be given by a registered nurse or doctor.


Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)

A nursing facility with the staff and equipment to give skilled nursing care and, in most cases, skilled rehabilitative services and other related health services.


Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Care

Skilled nursing care and therapy services provided on a daily basis, in a skilled nursing facility. Examples of skilled nursing facility care include physical therapy or intravenous injections that can only be given by a physical therapist or a registered nurse.


Special Enrollment Periods

You can make changes to your Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug coverage when certain events happen in your life, like if you move or you lose other insurance coverage. These chances to make changes are called Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs). Rules about when you can make changes and the type of changes you can make are different for each SEP.


Specialist

Any doctor that specializes in one area but they are covered differently than your primary doctor.


State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A state program that gets money from the federal government to give free local health insurance counseling to people with Medicare.


State Insurance Department

A state agency that regulates insurance and can provide information about Medigap policies and other private health insurance.


State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Office

A state or local agency that can give information about, and help with applications for, Medicaid programs that help pay medical bills for people with limited income and resources.


State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP)

A state program that provides help paying for drug coverage based on financial need, age, or medical condition.


Step Therapy

A coverage rule used by some Medicare Prescription Drug Plans that requires you to try one or more similar, lower-cost drugs to treat your condition before the plan will cover the prescribed drug.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

A monthly benefit paid by Social Security to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. SSI benefits aren’t the same as Social Security retirement or disability benefits.


Supplier

Generally, any company, person, or agency that gives you a medical item or service, except when you’re an inpatient in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.