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Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Options

4 things to know about Medigap plan options:

  1. There are 10 different plans in most states. Each is named with a different letter.
  2. Plans with the same letter provide the exact same benefits, no matter which company you buy from. Plans with different letters provide different benefits.
  3. The most popular plan option by far is Plan F.
  4. Premiums vary between different plan options because they offer varying levels of protection.

There are 10 Medicare Supplement plans to choose from. Each has been standardized by the U.S. government and is available in almost every state. (Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have different options.)

Each Medigap plan option is named with a letter. Click on one of the following buttons to learn more about that Medigap plan option:

Plan A Plan B Plan C Plan D Plan F Plan G Plan K Plan L Plan M Plan N

Insurance companies must offer the same benefits for each plan option. For example, one insurer’s Plan C will have the exact same benefits as another insurer’s Plan C. The only difference is price.

There are 9 different benefits that Medigap policies can cover. Each plan has a different combination of those benefits. Plan F has the most coverage and is the only one that includes all 9 benefits. Plan A has the fewest benefits.

To learn more about what Medicare Supplement insurance policies can cover, read our benefits page.

Plan comparison chart

The benefits included in each plan are listed in the chart below. A check mark √ means the plan covers that particular benefit 100%.

Medicare Supplement benefits

A

B

C

D

F1

G

K2

L3

M

N4

Medicare Part A co-insurance and hospital costs

Medicare Part B co-insurance or co-payment

50%

75%

First 3 pints of blood

50%

75%

Part A hospice care co-insurance or co-payment

50%

75%

Co-insurance for skilled nursing facility

50%

75%

Medicare Part A deductible

50%

75%

50%

Medicare Part B deductible

Medicare Part B excess charges

Foreign travel emergency

1. Plan F offers a high-deductible plan. This plan requires you to pay a $2,180 deductible before it covers anything.
2. Plan K has an “Out-of-Pocket” yearly limit of $4,940 (in 2015). 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 $2,470 (in 2015). 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 co-insurance, except for a co-payment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to a $50 co-payment for emergency room visits that don’t result in an inpatient admission.

Most-popular plan options

The most popular plan options are also the ones that provide the most coverage.

Plan F is by far the most popular. Almost 53% of all Medigap policies were Plan F in 2012, according to America’s Health Insurance Plans. It’s also the only plan that provides all 9 Medigap benefits.

The next most popular plan is Plan C. About 13% of all Medigap policies were Plan C in 2012.

The following table shows how popular each of the 10 standardized plans were in 2012.

Rank Plan Share of total*
1 F 52.80%
2 C 12.70%
3 G 4.70%
4 B 4.10%
5 N 3.70%
6 D 2.70%
7 A 1.70%
8 L 1.10%
9 K 0.40%
10 M 0.10%
*Percentages do not add up to 100% because defunct and waiver state plans are not included.

Medicare SELECT

Medicare SELECT is a less expensive type of Medigap policy that is only available in certain states. Medicare SELECT plans can be any one of the 10 standardized plans. To reduce costs, SELECT plans require the enrollee to use a specified network of health care providers and hospitals in order to gain full insurance benefits.

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