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Medicare Supplement Plans

A Medicare Supplement, also known as Medigap, is a type of private health insurance designed to complement Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). It helps fill the “gaps” in coverage that Original Medicare doesn’t pay for, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Another way to think about it, it acts as a secondary coverage to Original Medicare. Medicare is the primary insurance and the supplement is secondary coverage after Medicare approves and pays the claim.

Here are key points about Medicare Supplement Plans:

  1. Coverage of Gaps in Original Medicare: Original Medicare covers many healthcare services, but it doesn’t pay for all costs. Medicare Supplement plans are offered by private insurance companies to cover out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Original Medicare, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
  2. Standardized Plans: Medicare Supplement plans are standardized by the government, meaning each plan identified by a letter (e.g., Plan F, Plan G) provides the same basic benefits, regardless of the insurance company selling it. However, premiums may vary between insurance companies for the same plan.
  3. Additional Benefits: Depending on the plan, Medicare Supplements may offer additional coverage, such as foreign travel emergency care or coverage for Part B excess charges.
  4. Requires Original Medicare: To enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan, one must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B. These plans work alongside Original Medicare to cover healthcare costs.
  5. No Prescription Drug Coverage: Medicare Supplement plans do not cover prescription drugs. If you need prescription drug coverage, you’ll need to enroll in a separate Medicare Part D plan.
  6. Monthly Premiums: Beneficiaries pay a monthly premium for a Medicare Supplement plan, in addition to their Part B premium. The cost varies based on the plan type, location, and insurance company.

It’s essential to note that while Medicare Supplements provide additional coverage and flexibility, they don’t cover services such as long-term care, vision, dental care, hearing aids, or private-duty nursing. When considering a Medicare Supplement, it’s crucial to compare plans, costs, and coverage options to find the one that best suits your healthcare needs and budget. 

Susie Ross
Medicare Insurance Specialist

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Disclaimer: Licensed to sell 12 Medicare organization with 69 plans for 2024. We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.

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