Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans Costs and Benefits
Medicare Supplement Insurance plans (Medigap) help cover some of the health care costs that Original Medicare benefits don't pay for. Medigap plan costs are rated in one of three ways: community rating, issue-age rating and attained-age rating.
Learn more about Medicare Supplement Insurance plan costs and compare the basic benefits of each type of policy.
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How Medigap Plan Costs Are Determined
Medicare Supplement Insurance plan costs are typically determined based on three types of ratings. Health insurance companies – such as Aetna – determine which type of Medigap policy rating they use.
- Community Rating
For a Medigap policy that is community rated, your age does not affect the premium that insurers charge when you buy a policy. Premiums also won't change because of how old you are. That said, premiums may rise because of inflation and other factors.
- Issue-Age Rating
With these kinds of Medicare Supplement Insurance policies, your premium is based on your age when you buy your policy. That means your premiums will likely be lower if you purchase your policy when you're younger. They will not change due to your age, though they may increase because of inflation and other factors.
- Attained-Age Rating
Under this type of Medigap plan cost rating, monthly premiums are based on your current age. That means the older you get, the more your premium will rise.
Other factors can affect your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan costs, including:
- Discounts, including those to females and non-smokers (not all providers offer plan discounts)
- High-deductible options, such as High-Deductible Medigap Plan F
- Medical underwriting, if your plan is purchased outside of your Medigap open enrollment period
- Purchasing a Medicare SELECT policy, available in some states
Medigap Plan Benefits are Standardized, But Costs Are Not
The federal government standardizes Medigap policies. That means that, from one insurer to another, each policy of the same type will retain the same basic benefits.
Use the following chart to compare the basic benefits of each type of Medicare Supplement Insurance plan.
Scroll to the right to continue reading the chart
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
|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
* 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.+ Read more
While Medigap Plan N from one insurance provider will offer the same basic benefits as Plan N from another insurance company, the costs will vary — sometimes by a lot.
This is why it's important to learn how your insurer determines your cost of Medicare Supplement Insurance plan. How your insurer prices your policy may not only affect what you pay today, it may affect what you pay in the future.
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