Medicare Supplement Plans

A Medicare supplement Plan can help you pay your out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with Original Medicare (Parts A and B). Medicare Solutions Team Parts A, B and D can cover a lot of costs for medical treatments, doctor visits, and other services.

A Medicare Supplement policy is a popular choice for seniors who want to save money on their health insurance. These standardized plans, which are sold to Medicare beneficiaries by private insurance companies, offer coverage that helps you manage Original Medicare’s costs.

These plans can help you meet some of the costs that aren’t covered by Original Medicare such as deductibles, copays and 20% of the bill for services that you receive from a doctor. These costs can add up quickly to thousands of dollars per year.

The type of Medicare Supplement plan that you choose will depend on your health and what you need. Often, the more comprehensive a policy is, the higher your monthly premium will be.

To fill in gaps in Original Medicare benefits, most Medicare beneficiaries buy a Medicare Supplement Plan. These supplemental plans may be offered by private insurance companies, and are overseen state insurance departments.

Medigap Plan G, for example, from AARP/UnitedHealthcare is the most popular option and provides comprehensive coverage. It pays most of the gaps in Medicare Parts A and B except for the Part B deductible ($226 in 2023).

Although you can purchase a Medicare Supplement policy anytime, it is best to do so during the one-time open enrollment period that begins on the first day after you turn 65 or become enrolled in Medicare Part B. You may need to be underwritten if you enroll at a different time.

Guaranteed Issue Rights

The federal government guarantees all Medicare Supplement policies will only be sold to eligible persons during the open enrollment period. Additionally, if you lose Medicaid due to financial hardship, you can purchase a Medicare Supplement plan for 63 calendar days after the date your coverage ends or the date that you were notified that your Medicaid coverage will end.

If you do not enroll in a Medigap plan within the open enrollment period, you will not be denied coverage or charged a higher premium. You can change your mind about the policy that you choose, cancel it, or buy a new Medicare Supplement plan during this period.

It can be difficult choosing the right plan. A licensed agent who is dedicated and knowledgeable will help you find the right plan for you.

Before making a decision, compare the rates and benefits of all the plans available to you. This can be done by visiting several websites and speaking to multiple insurance agents in your local area.

You can also check with your current doctor and healthcare providers for information about the Medicare Supplement Plans they offer. They will be able to tell you which Medigap companies have the best rates and coverage in your area. They might also be able inform you about which companies provide better service and claim processing.

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