Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G is among the most comprehensive Medigap plans available in most states. Medicare Supplement Insurance works alongside Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) to cover some of the program's out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, coinsurance and copayments.
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G coverage includes eight of the nine available Medigap benefits.
Medicare Supplement Plan G Benefits
Medigap Plan G insurance basic benefits include:
- Medicare Part A hospital coinsurance and hospital costs (up to 365 days after Original Medicare benefits are used up). Part A coinsurance amounts can range from $0 to up to $658 per day depending on the length of your hospital stay.
- Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment (20% of Medicare approved charges)
- First three pints of blood
- Medicare Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment. Copayment amounts for prescription drugs and other products related to pain relief or symptom control are generally no more than $5. Respite care typically requires a coinsurance payment of 5 percent.
- Medicare Part A deductible. In 2017, the Part A deductible was $1,316 for each benefit period.
- Medicare Part B excess charges. Health care providers that do not accept Medicare assignment may charge up to 15 percent more for products and services.
- Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care coinsurance coverage. Part A coinsurance may cost up to $164.50 per day during the benefit period.
- Foreign travel emergency coverage (80%, up to plan limits)
To see how Medigap Plan G benefits compare to those of other Medigap plans, refer to the chart below.
Medicare Part B Deductible
Medicare Part B covers a range of medical services (both preventative and diagnostic). However, before your coverage kicks in, you must satisfy your Medicare Part B deductible. In 2017, the Medicare Part B deductible is $183 per year.
Beneficiaries with Medigap Plan G have to pay this cost out of pocket, but in exchange, Medigap Plan G premium rates are usually lower than the more comprehensive Medigap Plan F, which does cover the Part B deductible.
Changes are Coming in 2020
As a result of Section 401 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), supplement plans that cover the Medicare Part B deductible will be phased out Jan. 1, 2020. The two Medigap plans affected by this are Plan F and Plan C.
People who already have these types of policies will be exempt, but if you become eligible for Medicare following the 2020 change, Medigap Plan C and Medigap Plan F will no longer be options.
With the elimination of Medigap Plan F and Plan C, newly eligible beneficiaries looking for comprehensive supplemental insurance will most likely be referred to Medigap Plan G and Medigap Plan D.
Enrolling In Medigap Plan G
To find out more about Medicare Supplement Insurance plan benefits, speak with a licensed agent. We’ll help you assess your personal health needs and budget, and determine whether Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G is the right Medigap plan for you.