Medigap plans (also known as Medicare Supplement Insurance) are sold by private insurance companies to help cover some of Original Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs.
In most states, there are 10 standardized Medigap plans to choose from, labeled A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N. Although each Medigap plan provides a mix of basic benefits, all 10 provide at least partial coverage for:
- Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs
- Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment
- First three pints of blood
- Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment
Medigap Plans Comparison
To compare the basic benefits of each type of Medigap plan, use the chart below.
Enrolling in a Medigap Plan
The best time to purchase a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is during your Medigap open enrollment period. Your open enrollment period begins as soon as you are at least age 65 years old and enrolled in Medicare Part B. Your open enrollment period only lasts for six months.
During your Medigap open enrollment period, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage or charge more for your monthly premiums based on any preexisting health conditions you might have. If you apply to enroll in Medicare Supplement Insurance outside of your open enrollment period, you may be subject to medical underwriting.
6 Essential Facts About Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
Below are seven basics you should keep in mind regarding Medigap:
- Medicare Supplement Insurance plans are sold by private insurance companies and are not managed by the federal government.
- There are 10 standardized Medigap policies in most U.S. state (Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Minnesota have different options).
- You will have to pay a monthly premium for a Medigap plan in addition to your Medicare Part B premium.
- You must have Medicare Part A and Part B in order to buy for Medicare Supplement Insurance.
- If you have a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C), you have to leave that plan before Medicare Supplement Insurance benefits can take effect.
- Your Medigap policy will be guaranteed renewable as long as you continue to pay your policy premiums on time, even if you develop a health issue.
Find the Right Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan For You
The right Medicare Supplement Insurance plan for you will likely come down to two factors: your budget and the benefits you need.