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What is a guaranteed issue right?

A guaranteed issue right allows you to purchase a Medicare Supplement insurance policy from any company without regard to your health condition. You only have a guaranteed issue right in certain situations.

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When is the Medicare Supplement open enrollment period?

Medicare Supplement insurance has a 6-month open enrollment period (OEP). It begins as soon as you are both 1) 65 years old and 2) enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare). Unlike the Medicare OEP that happens once every year, you have only one Medicare Supplement OEP.

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Which Medigap plans are most popular?

The most popular Medicare Supplement plans are Plans F, C, and G, according to 2012 statistics from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Plan F is by far the most popular Medigap plan, according to the AHIP data, accounting for over half of all Medigap policies in 2012.

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What are cost-sharing plans?

Unlike other Medigap plans that provide 100% coverage for all benefits, cost-sharing plans provide only partial coverage for certain benefits. There are two cost-sharing plans currently available: Plan K and Plan L. Both plans include the same benefits, but the levels of cost-sharing differ.

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Does Medigap cover dental and vision care?

Medicare Supplement insurance does not include dental and vision coverage. According to Medicare.gov, “Medigap policies generally don’t cover long-term care, vision or dental care, hearing aids, eyeglasses, or private-duty nursing.” Medigap policies are supplemental insurance plans that cover some of the out-of-pocket costs not paid by Original Medicare. The 10 standardized Medigap plans provide up […]

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How does Obamacare affect Medigap?

Obamacare is not expected to negatively affect Medicare Supplement insurance, but it will have both positive and negative effects on the Medicare program. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, was passed in 2010 to remodel health care in the United States. Although it primarily changed private insurance, it did make some […]

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How does high-deductible Medigap Plan F work?

High-deductible Medicare Supplement insurance plans require you to pay for a certain amount of Medicare-covered costs on your own each year before the policy provides any coverage. The only high-deductible Medigap plan is high-deductible Plan F. The high-deductible option is usually cheaper than the standard Plan F, but it requires higher out-of-pocket costs. If you […]

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Can I get a Medigap policy if I have a pre-existing condition?

You can get Medicare Supplement insurance with a pre-existing condition. Learn how to avoid getting charged more or being denied by insurers because of your health.

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How are Medicare Supplement insurance plans priced?

Insurance companies price Medigap policies based on three main things: your plan choice, your personal factors, and their pricing systems. Because of these factors, the monthly cost of a Medicare Supplement insurance plan can vary widely. One thing that will greatly affect the cost of your coverage is which plan you choose to buy. The […]

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What are the different parts of Medicare?

Medicare is divided into four main parts: A, B, C, and D. The first two parts, A and B, are sometimes called “Original Medicare.” Part C, also known as “Medicare Advantage” is a private insurance plan that provides similar benefits as Original Medicare. The final piece of Medicare, Part D, is a prescription drug plan. […]

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