What are "Medigap" Plans?
Medigap insurance plans, also referred to as Medicare Supplemental insurance plans, sold by private companies, can help pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover, like co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
If you have Original Medicare and you buy a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amount for covered health care costs. Your Medigap policy pays its share.
A Medigap policy is different from a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage is an alternative way to receive Original Medicare benefits. Medigap policies is insurance that pays for the out-of-pocket costs associated with Original Medicare benefits.
What you need to know about Medigap / Medicare Supplement policies
- You must have Medicare Part A and Part B.
- If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can switch to a Medigap plan, but make sure you can leave the Medicare Advantage Plan before your Medigap policy begins.
- You pay the private insurance company a monthly premium for your Medigap insurance policy in addition to the monthly Part B premium that you pay to Medicare.
- A Medigap policy only covers one person. If you and your spouse both want Medigap coverage, you'll each have to buy separate policies.
- You can buy a Medigap insurance policy from any insurance company that's licensed in your state to sell one.
- Any standardized Medicare Supplement insurance policy is guaranteed renewable even if you have health problems. This means the insurance company can't cancel your Medicare Supplement insurance policy as long as you pay the premium.
- It is highly recommended to enroll in a stand-alone prescription drug coverage, Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D).
- It's illegal for anyone to sell you a Medigap policy if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, unless you're switching back to Original Medicare.
Information obtained from www.medicare.gov
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