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Can I change my Medicare Supplement insurance plan?

You can change your Medicare Supplement insurance plan any time of the year. But if you do consider changing Medicare Supplement insurance plans or providers, you should switch during your 6-month Medigap open enrollment period. If you don’t change Medicare Supplement insurance plans during your open enrollment period, your insurer could charge higher premiums or refuse to […]

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International Medicare and Medigap coverage

Clothing — check. Passport — check. Medical coverage? If you are enrolled in Medicare and planning a vacation abroad, you should review what international medical services are covered under Medicare and Medigap. Original Medicare health insurance provides limited international medical coverage. If you need health care coverage outside of the United States, you may want […]

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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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Pre-standardized Medigap plans

Pre-standardized Medigap plans are plans sold before July 1992. Before 1980, Medigap plans (also called Medicare Supplement Insurance) were regulated solely by individual states, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The report states that lack of federal oversight in the Medigap industry […]

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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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Medigap Plan F and Plan C are ending

Two popular Medigap plan options in the United States are ending in the near future. Medigap Plan F and Plan C are going away because of a new law that no longer allows Medigap policies to newly eligible beneficiaries to cover Medicare Part B deductibles after 2020. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries will not be able […]

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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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Does Medicare cover dialysis and kidney transplants?

Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance provide expansive coverage for dialysis and kidney transplants, two common treatments for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is a condition where your kidneys lose most of their function or stop working completely. When functioning properly, kidneys help filter the body’s blood, prevent the buildup of body waste, keep electrolytes […]

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What is first-dollar Medigap coverage?

First-dollar Medigap coverage is when a Medicare Supplement insurance plan covers both the Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B deductible. With first-dollar Medigap plans, policyholders don’t have to pay these deductibles before their Medicare health insurance benefits kick in. Medigap Plan C and Plan F are the only plans with first-dollar Medigap coverage in the […]

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What is Medicare SELECT?

Medicare SELECT is a form of Medicare Supplement insurance that requires you to use specific medical facilities and doctors that are within the plan’s network. Unlike regular Medigap plans that provide coverage for approved services performed anywhere that accepts Medicare, Medicare SELECT plans are more restrictive. Your insurance provider pre-determines a network of hospitals, medical […]

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