Introduction to Medicare Supplement Plans - What is Medigap?

While Medicare pays for plenty of medical care services, there are still many it does not cover. The Traditional Medicare Plan does not provide 100% coverage for medical expenses such as for example deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. Therefore Medigap was made to greatly help pay the expense that Medicare does not cover. Medigap can also be known as'Medicare Supplement Plans.'

Medigap is additional healthcare insurance given by private insurance companies to cover the gaps in the Medicare Plan. Medigap policies are regulated by Federal and State Laws to be able to protect you as a beneficiary. Medigap policies need to be clearly defined as "Medicare Supplement Insurance", and the policies are standardized for every single State.

Medigap coverage works only together with a Medicare Plan. Typically, you'll want Medicare Part A and Part B in order to be eligible for Medigap. Acceptance of your application is guaranteed if you are 65 or older and apply within six (6) months of one's initial enrollment in Plan B of Medicare. Under certain circumstances pre-existing conditions might be waived. Please ask us for specific details. As Medigap policies only cover anyone per policy you and your partner must each purchase separate policies.

In certain states, you may well be able to pick from up to 12 different standardized policies (Medigap Plans A through L). Each plan supplies a different group of basic and additional benefits and is the same for every insurance company. Each Insurance company can decide which policies they would like to sell and set their very own prices, so research carefully in order to not overpay.


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Medigap policies no more cover prescription drugs. You cannot have both Medicare Part D and Medigap drug coverage at the exact same time. When you yourself have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) and a Medigap policy that covers drugs, then you need to share with your Medigap insurance provider to eliminate the drug coverage from your own policy. While Medicare Part D coverage is more beneficial than Medigap drug coverage, you can even decide to keep your Medigap policy with prescription drug coverage instead.

Plans A through J do have more benefits, higher premiums, and lower out-of-pocket expenses. Basic benefits include Medicare Part A and B co-payment or co-insurance, and three pints of blood. Extra benefits may include Skilled Nursing Facility co-insurance, Medicare Part A and B deductibles, Medicare Part B excess charges, foreign travel emergency services, at-home recovery, preventive care, and some may still cover prescription drugs.

Plans K through L have lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket expenses. Basic benefits include Medicare Part A hospital benefits, Medical Part A and B co-insurance or co-pay, blood, and hospice care. Extra benefits include Skilled Nursing Facility co-insurance and Medicare Part A deductibles.

When selecting a Medigap plan, carefully compare each plan and compare different insurer quotes. Be sure you have adequate coverage that meets your requirements, but that you do not want to cover more as the benefits of each plan are the same for each and every insurance company.

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