Some Medigap policies also offer coverage for services that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like medical care when you travel outside the U.S. If you have Original Medicare and you buy a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amount for covered health care costs. Then your Medigap policy pays its share.
Supplements & other insurance
Medicare Supplement Plan Premiums
In general, the more coverage the Medigap policy provides, the higher the premium amount. But because premiums can vary drastically, it pays to compare coverage and costs carefully. If you’d like help finding the right Medigap plan for you, just let me know. You can learn more about my Medicare experience below through my profile. Or, if you’d prefer to speak one-on-one, there’s also links to set up a phone call or have me email you some Medicare Supplement recommendations. If you’re ready to view plans now, you can do that, too: just use the Compare Plans buttons on this page to start browsing plans by zip code. Or, to discuss your Medicare options now by phone with a licensed insurance agent, use the instructions below.
Medigap (Medicare Supplement Health Insurance)
A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare Plan coverage. Medigap policies help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. If you are in the Original Medicare Plan and have a Medigap policy, then Medicare and your Medigap policy will each pay its share of covered health care costs. Generally, when you buy a Medigap policy you must have Medicare Part A and Part B. You will have to pay the monthly Medicare Part B premium ($96.40 in 2011 for most beneficiaries). In addition, you will have to pay a premium to the Medigap insurance company. As long as you pay your premium, your Medigap policy is guaranteed renewable. This means it is automatically renewed each year. Your coverage will continue year after year as long as you pay your premium. In some states, insurance companies may refuse to renew a Medigap policy bought before 1992. Insurance companies can only sell you a “standardized” Medigap policy. Medigap policies must follow Federal and state laws. These laws protect you. The front of a Medigap policy must clearly identify it as “Medicare Supplement Insurance.” It’s important to compare Medigap policies, because costs can vary. The standardized Medigap policies that insurance companies offer must provide the same benefits. Generally, the only difference between Medigap policies sold by different insurance companies is the cost. You and your spouse must buy separate Medigap policies.Your Medigap policy won’t cover any health care costs for your spouse. Some Medigap policies also cover other extra benefits that aren’t covered by Medicare. You are guaranteed the right to buy a Medigap policy under certain circumstances. For more information on Medigap policies, you may call 1-800-633-4227 and ask for a free copy of the publication “Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People With Medicare.” You may also call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and your State Insurance Department. Phone numbers for these Departments and Programs in each State can be found in that publication.
Medicare plans: Medicare Supplement
Insured by Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Policy form INS-00094. Medicare plans may be available to people under age 65 who are eligible for Medicare by reason of disability or end-stage renal disease. Security Health Plan is not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare program. This is a solicitation for insurance. A licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you. Call a licensed insurance agent/producer to receive complete information including benefits, costs, eligibility requirements, exclusions and limitations.
Medicare Supplement Plans
To be eligible to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan, you must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B. A good time to enroll in a plan is generally during the Medigap Open Enrollment Period, which begins on the first day of the month that you are both age 65 or older and enrolled in Part B, and lasts for six months. During this period, you have the guaranteed-issue right to join any Medicare Supplement plan available where you live. You may not be denied coverage based on any pre-existing conditions during this enrollment period (although a waiting period may apply). If you miss this enrollment period and attempt to enroll in the future, you may be denied coverage or charged a higher premium based on your medical history.
How Medicare Supplement Plan Premiums Prices May Vary
Medicare Supplement plans each typically charge a monthly premium for insurance coverage. This is separate from the Part B premium you pay for Original Medicare. There are 10 standardized Medigap plans offered in 47 U.S. states, each designated by a letter: A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Not every plan type is offered in every state, but the benefits will be the same regardless of location or insurance company, although some companies may provide additional benefits. Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin have their own state-specific standardized Medigap plans.