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Introduction to Medicare Supplement Plans – What is Medigap?

While Medicare pays for a lot of health care services, there are still many it does not cover. The Traditional Medicare Plan does not provide 100% coverage for medical expenses such as deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. Therefore Medigap was designed to help pay the costs that Medicare does not cover. Medigap is also referred to as ‘Medicare Supplement Plans. Medigap is additional health care insurance provided by private insurance companies to cover the gaps in the Medicare Plan. Medigap policies are regulated by Federal and State regulations in order to protect you as a recipient. Medigap plans have to be labeled clearly as “Medicare Supplement Coverage”, and the policies are standardized for each State.¬†Medicare Supplement policies often include cost sharing for expenses not covered by Part A, which is Hospital insurance and Part B, which is Medical insurance.

One of the main reasons that Medicare Supplement Plan F is one of the most popular plans is that the cost sharing is available in many areas, from coinsurance and co-payments from Parts A and B, as well as excess charges, foreign travel emergency care, and preventative care. There are many supplemental insurance plans for the Medicare program. They are optional and have been designed to help you pay the expenses not covered by the original program. Regrettably, some insurance companies will always try to demand higher premiums than they are allowed to. As such, all research into Medicare supplement plans should start at the State Insurance Commission. Here, either through a personal visit or through the website, the published rates can be found. These vary from State to State, which is organized through the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, (SHIIP). There will also be a breakdown of what is covered in each plan, whilst SHIIP will also give details of contact information for each company, in order they can be contacted directly.

Medigap coverage works only in conjunction with a Medicare Plan. Typically, you must have Medicare Part A and Part B in order to be eligible for Medicare supplement plans. Get assistance with Medicare supplement plans. Acceptance of your application is guaranteed if you are 65 or older and apply within six (6) months of your initial enrollment in Plan B of Medicare. Under certain circumstances pre-existing conditions might be waived. Please ask us for specific details. As Medigap policies only cover one person per policy you and your spouse must each purchase separate policies. In some states, you will have the liberty to choose from 12 distinct and standardized programs (Plans A to L). Now, each policy provides a different kind of additional and basic benefits and it is the same for all insurance companies. Each Insurance firm can determine which plans they will like to sell and fix their own fees, so carefully do your own research so as not to overspend.