Medicare 101

The Benefits of Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

Christian Worstell

by Christian Worstell | Published February 18, 2021 | Reviewed by John Krahnert

Medicare Supplement Insurance (also called Medigap) can help cover the costs of deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and other fees associated with Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Compare the basic benefits of the 10 standardized Medigap plans listed below to find the right plan for your needs.

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Medicare Supplement Benefits

Part A coinsurance and hospital coverage

Part B coinsurance or copayment

Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment

First 3 pints of blood

Skilled nursing facility coinsurance

Part A deductible

Part B deductible

Part B excess charges

Foreign travel emergency

A B C* D F1* G1 K2 L3 M N4
50% 75%
50% 75%
50% 75%
50% 75%
50% 75% 50%
80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80%

* Plan F and Plan C are not available to Medicare beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020. If you became eligible for Medicare before 2020, you may still be able to enroll in Plan F or Plan C as long as they are available in your area.

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1 Plans F and G offer high-deductible plans that each have an annual deductible of $2,370 in 2021. Once the annual deductible is met, the plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the year. The high-deductible Plan F is not available to new beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.

2 Plan K has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $6,220 in 2021. After you pay the out-of-pocket yearly limit and yearly Part B deductible, it pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.

3 Plan L has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $3,110 in 2021. After you pay the out-of-pocket yearly limit and yearly Part B deductible, it pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.

4 Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to $50 copayment for emergency room visits that don’t result in an inpatient admission.

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Medicare Supplement Insurance Covers Some Out-of-Pocket Costs

Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) offer benefits that help cover services such as hospital stays, doctor visits and preventive care — but they often come at a price.

  • Medicare Part A Costs
    Medicare Part A is premium-free for most people, but if you or your spouse did not pay Medicare taxes while working, you may be responsible for a premium up to $471 per month in 2021. The Medicare Part A deductible is $1,484 per benefit period in 2021, and you may have to pay coinsurance fees for hospital stays that last longer than 60 days.

  • Medicare Part B Costs
    Medicare Part B has an annual deductible that is $203 in 2021. After you meet your Part B deductible, you are typically responsible for 20 percent of the costs for Medicare-approved services.  

Medicare Part B also comes with a monthly premium. The standard Part B premium in 2021 is $148.50 per month.

Medicare Supplement Insurance can help cover some of these costs:

  • Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs
  • Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment
  • Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment
  • First 3 pints of blood
  • Coinsurance for skilled nursing facility
  • Medicare Part A deductible        
  • Medicare Part B deductible
  • Medicare Part B excess charge
  • Foreign travel emergency

Each of the nine Medigap health insurance plans cover the first four basic benefits listed above. Plans may cover some, all or none of the five additional benefits — partially or in full.

Speak with a licensed health insurance agent today by calling 1-800-995-4219. Compare plan quotes for free and find the policy that suits your needs.

 

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