Medicare is a U.S. federal government health insurance program that subsidizes healthcare services. The plan covers people age 65 or older, younger people who meet specific eligibility criteria Medicare is the federal health insurance program for:
- People who are 65 or older
- Certain younger people with disabilities
- People with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD)
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Medigap AKA Medicare Supplement
Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison Chart 2020
You can check out the coverage offered by each plan in the chart below.
|Plan A||Plan B||Plan C||Plan D||Plan F||Plan G||Plan K||Plan L||Plan M||Plan N|
|Part B deductible||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no|
|Part A hospital coinsurance||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Part A deductible||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||50%||75%||50%||yes|
|Part B coinsurance||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||50%||75%||yes||yes (but with copays)|
|Blood (first 3 pints)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||50%||75%||yes||yes|
|Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||50%||75%||yes||yes|
|Part B excess charge||no||no||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Foreign travel emergencies||no||no||80%||80%||80%||80%||no||no||80%||80%|
If you’re new to Medicare as of 2020, you actually have only 8 Medigap plan choices.
Due to recent changes to Medicare regulations, Plan C and Plan F are no longer available to new Medicare enrollees. This change applies only if you became eligible for Medicare starting on January 1, 2020, or later.
If you were eligible for Medicare in 2019 or earlier, you can still buy plans C and F.
What Is The Average Cost Of Supplemental insurance For Medicare?
According to MedicareWire research, the average Medicare Supplement premium in 2020 was $154.50 per month. We evaluated over 100 Medicare Supplement plans to find out how much does it cost for Medicare supplemental insurance? Here’s what we learned:
- The amount of coverage the policy offers is the #1 factor.
- Your zip code and age significantly influence Medicare supplement plan cost.
- Costs vary by carrier and rating method (attained-age, issue-age, community).
- Gender and use of tobacco influence costs.
- Several other factors influence Medicare supplement insurance cost, too, contact us at Woody's Insurance for complete information.
Medicare Supplement Plans Cost
Each insurance company decides how it will set the price, or premium, for its Medigap policies. It’s important to ask how an insurance company prices its policies. The way they set the price affects how much you pay now and in the future.
Medigap policies can be priced or "rated" in 3 ways:
1.) expand Community-rated (also called “no age-rated”)
2.)-age-rated (also called “entry age-rated”)
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Medicare Supplement Rates
In most states, insurance companies that offer Medicare Supplement insurance plans must sell “standardized“ policies, meaning that each policy offers the same benefits, regardless of which insurance company sells it. However, the Medicare Supplement insurance premium for the same policy may differ widely depending on the insurance company.
Medicare Supplement insurance plan pricing can be affected by the benefits your plan covers, and when you buy the plan. If you buy the plan during your Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment Period, the plan can’t charge you more if you have pre-existing health condition.
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Medicare Supplement Plan G
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance Plan G benefits are the same as those of Medigap Plan F, with one exception. The Medicare Part B deductible, covered under Medigap Plans C and F, must be paid out-of-pocket in Medigap Plan G. Once your out-of-pocket expenses reach the Part B deductible amount, you become responsible for paying 20% of the cost of Medicare-approved Part B services.
If Medicare Supplement G is considerably cheaper than Plan F in your area, then it makes sense to purchase it. You will pay the Part B deductible once per calendar year, but the annual savings in premiums can offset that by several hundred dollars. Let us help you decide at Woody's Insurance.