Medicare Supplement insurance (also known as Medigap) policies are sold by private insurers. They help pay the gaps in coverage from Original Medicare Parts A and B. These standardized plans are offered nationally; however, premiums vary by company. Each policy covers one person; spouses must purchase separate policies. You must be aware of critical details such as the california birthday rule.

Some plans include benefits such as hospice and respite care coinsurance/copayment. Read the plan description to determine if your needs are met.


A Medicare Supplement Insurance plan, also known as a Medigap policy, can help pay some of the costs you are responsible for with Original Medicare. These policies are offered by private insurance companies and work alongside your Medicare Parts A and B coverage. These plans are standardized and have the same benefits, regardless of which insurer is selling them. However, the cost of a Medigap policy can vary depending on which plan you select and where you live.

There are ten different types of standardized Medicare Supplement insurance plans. Some of these include Plan F, which offers comprehensive coverage, but as of January 1, 2020 won’t be available to new Medicare beneficiaries. Other options include Plan G and Plan N, which are both affordable options. The difference in cost between these plans is dependent on the deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments you will need to meet. You should find out which providers offer each of the different Medicare Supplement insurance plans in your area and compare costs apples to apples.

The way a Medicare Supplement insurance company prices their premiums is also an important factor to consider. They can use one of three different pricing models when they are calculating their rates: community-rated, issue age rated, or attained-age rated.

If you are applying for a Medicare Supplement insurance plan outside of your Open Enrollment Period or after your Guaranteed Issue right has expired, you may be subject to medical underwriting. This means that the insurance company will review your current health and past medical history to determine if you are an acceptable risk. If they deem you too high a risk, the insurance company may charge higher premiums or decline your coverage altogether.


Medicare Supplement insurance, also known as Medigap insurance, helps pay the costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, such as copayments and deductibles. It’s sold by private insurance companies, and federal and state laws regulate it. Other kinds of health insurance, such as retiree coverage from an employer, may help with some out-of-pocket costs but doesn’t qualify as true Medicare Supplement insurance.

There are 10 Medicare Supplement plans available, identified by letters (Plans A, B, C, F, G, K, L, M and N). Each plan offers a different level of benefits. Plans are standardized nationally, but cost and enrollment vary by state. These plans do not include prescription drug coverage. If you want prescription drug coverage, you’ll need to enroll in a separate Medicare Part D drug plan.

A Medicare Supplement insurance policy can help you avoid costly out-of-pocket costs, such as high hospital deductibles and copayments. It can also cover preventive services, like annual pap tests and mammograms. These benefits are important to consider when comparing Medicare Supplement policies.

When comparing plans, look at the total cost of each policy, including premiums and deductibles. You’ll also need to compare the provider networks. Some Medicare Supplement insurance plans have restricted network providers, and they may require you to use doctors and hospitals within their network for routine care. Others don’t have networks and will cover out-of-network care at a higher cost.

Some Medicare Supplement insurance plans allow you to change the plan you have at any time. Be sure to compare the coverage before changing it. Some changes may affect your out-of-pocket health-care costs or make it difficult to get a new Medicare Supplement plan later.


Medicare Supplement plans are designed to pay your share of certain healthcare costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, including copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. These are also referred to as “gaps” in coverage. Medicare Supplement insurance policies are sold by private insurance companies and are standardized so that plan benefits are the same across the country. This makes it easier to compare and contrast insurers’ premiums for the same plan, and may help you find a better deal.

A deductible is the amount you pay for covered healthcare services before your Medicare plan starts to pay. Both Original Medicare Part A and Part B have deductibles, and these amounts change every year. Medicare Advantage Plans, which are offered by private insurance companies, can have deductibles and copayments as well.

Most Medicare Supplement plans pay your share of the cost of a service after you meet the plan’s deductible. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, some doctors choose not to “accept assignment” and may charge you more than the Medicare-approved amount for a service. In this case, you would have to pay the full amount and then file a claim for reimbursement from Medicare.

Most Medicare Supplement plans don’t include prescription drug coverage, so you’ll need to enroll in a separate Medicare Part D plan if you want this protection. You can do so during your six-month open enrollment period, which begins the month you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare Part B.


Medicare supplement insurance, or Medigap, provides supplemental coverage to help pay for deductibles and coinsurance that your Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) doesn’t cover. It also helps to protect you against catastrophic expenses for Medicare-covered services. As of 2015, one in four people with traditional Medicare had a private Medigap policy.

Medigap plans are standardized across the country to make it easier for you to compare options and costs. Each plan is identified by a letter (Plan A through Plan N). The only difference between plans with the same letter is cost. Medicare SELECT policies, which offer network hospital benefits in return for lower premiums, are also available from some private insurers.

When you enroll in a Medicare supplement policy, the company will run a medical underwriting check to determine your eligibility and rates. This means you may be charged more or denied a policy based on your health conditions, except during your six-month OEP after enrolling in Medicare Part B and during certain special enrollment periods.

In addition to underwriting, Medicare supplemental insurance is subject to mandatory exclusions. These include felony convictions related to Medicare, Medicaid, or SCHIP fraud or theft; a history of substance abuse or mental illness; and certain criminal records relating to unlawful manufacture, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances.

To avoid these exclusions, you should always read the policy before purchasing or re-enrolling. In most cases, you can find a more affordable option with a different provider or by switching to a different type of plan. If you switch to a new plan, your new policy will have its own 6-month OEP in which you can make changes to your benefits.

Returning Unearned Premiums

Medicare Supplement insurance plans, also known as Medigap, help pay some of the out-of-pocket costs that Original Medicare, Parts A and B, doesn’t cover. There are 10 different Medicare Supplement plan types, and each one has a letter that corresponds to a set of basic benefits. The insurance companies that sell these policies are required to offer the same basic benefits for each plan type regardless of where they are located. Insurance companies are allowed to calculate premiums in several ways, but they may not charge you more than is actuarially necessary for their risk.

If you cancel your policy, the insurance company must return any unearned premiums that you paid. The insurer must make this refund within 30 days of the end of your coverage. The insurance company cannot hold back any premium that you paid in advance.

The insurance company may require you to undergo medical underwriting if you change your Medicare Advantage plan, move out of the plan’s service area or want a different Medicare Supplement plan that has more coverage than the plan you have. This is a separate process from Medicare open enrollment. The insurance company can also require you to pay a higher premium based on your health status.

If you’re looking to buy a new Medicare Supplement policy and are outside of your open enrollment period, you can use the guarantee issue right to get a plan without answering medical questions. The guaranteed issue right lasts 63 days from the date that your previous Medicare Supplement policy ended or from the date that you receive notice that your coverage will end, whichever happens first. It’s best to work with a independent Medicare specialist in your area that can help you compare companies and rates.