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Will my Medicare Supplement premiums increase?

Medicare Supplement premiums will probably increase over time, but the amount and timing depend on several factors. Some insurance plans will have increases simply because you’re getting older. Insurance companies can raise Medigap premiums multiple times throughout the year. But Medigap companies try to limit increases to once a year, says Bill Gay, a licensed […]

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High-Deductible Medigap Plan F

High-deductible Medicare Supplement Insurance plans require you to pay for a certain amount of Medicare-covered costs on your own each year before the policy provides any coverage. How Do High-Deductible Plans Affect Cost? Currently, the only high-deductible Medigap plan is high-deductible Medigap Plan F. Although the high-deductible option is usually more affordable than the standard […]

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Medigap brokers vs. Medigap agents

Medicare Supplement Insurance brokers are often confused with Medicare Supplement Insurance agents, but there are important differences between the two groups. A Medigap insurance agent usually represents a single insurance company, whereas a Medigap insurance broker generally represents the insurance customer. An agent usually can only sell policies for a specific insurance company, whereas a […]

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ACA saves Medicare beneficiaries billions in drug costs

Millions of Medicare beneficiaries have saved money on prescription drugs due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to recent data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From 2010 to 2014, the ACA’s Medicare Part D changes helped 7.9 million Medicare beneficiaries save approximately $9.9 billion on prescription drugs, according to HHS data.

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Can I change my Medicare Supplement Insurance plan?

You can change your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan anytime. However, the best time to switch your Medigap policy or Medigap provider is during your Medigap open enrollment period. This 6-month period starts the day you are both 65 years old and enrolled in Medicare Part B. Changing plans during open enrollment During your 6-month open enrollment period […]

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International Medicare and Medigap coverage

Clothing — check. Passport — check. Medical coverage? If you are enrolled in Medicare and planning a vacation abroad, you should review what international medical services are covered under Medicare and Medigap. Original Medicare health insurance provides limited international medical coverage. If you need health care coverage outside of the United States, you may want […]

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What are cost-sharing plans?

Unlike other Medigap plans that provide 100% coverage for all benefits, cost-sharing plans provide only partial coverage for certain benefits. There are two cost-sharing plans currently available: Plan K and Plan L. Both plans include the same benefits, but the levels of cost-sharing differ.

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What is long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance* is an optional form of insurance that provides extended coverage for health care services and support systems you may need after reaching a point when you can no longer care for yourself. Long-term care can be provided in your home, a community organization, or other facility. Long-term care is a general term […]

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Pre-standardized Medigap plans

Pre-standardized Medigap plans are plans sold before July 1992. Before 1980, Medigap plans (also called Medicare Supplement Insurance) were regulated solely by individual states, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The report states that lack of federal oversight in the Medigap industry […]

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Can I get a Medigap policy if I have a pre-existing condition?

You can get Medicare Supplement insurance with a pre-existing condition. Learn how to avoid getting charged more or being denied by insurers because of your health.

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