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July 15, 2020

How Do Medicare and Medicare Supplement Policies Work Together?

medicare and medicare supplement polices

Those who have Original Medicare know that it covers many of their health care costs. They also know Medicare doesn’t cover everything, and that they are responsible for what Medicare doesn’t pay.

What Is a Medicare Supplement Policy?

That’s where a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy comes in. If you have Original Medicare, a Medicare Supplement policy can help pay for some of the costs Original Medicare doesn’t cover. Those who have a Medicare Supplement pay a monthly premium for this extra coverage.

In exchange for this premium, a Medicare Supplement helps the insured pay for costs like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You must have Medicare Part A and Part B to buy a Medicare Supplement policy.

What Should I Know About Medicare Supplements?

Medicare Supplement policies have grown more popular over the years. According to the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, there were 14.1 million individuals with a Medigap policy in 2018.1

Those who are interested in a Medicare Supplement policy have many options available to them. They are sold by private insurers, and buyers have numerous insurance companies to choose from.

Those who are eligible for Medicare effective January 1, 2020 and after have a choice between eight different Medicare Supplement plans. These plans are standardized across companies, though according to Medicare.gov, Medicare Supplements in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are standardized in a different way.2 With a variety of coverage and premium options available, an individual is likely to find a plan to fit his or her needs.

Do Your Homework

Since those who are interested in a Medicare Supplement have so many options, it’s best to research plans and companies before you make a decision. If you have questions, contact an independent insurance broker, a licensed insurance agent, or visit medicare.gov to learn more.

  1. American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, 2019 Medicare Supplement Facts, 2019
  2. Medicare.gov, How to Compare Medigap Policies, 2019
  3. Medicare.gov, What’s Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)?, 2020

Categories: Medicare Supplement, Insurance

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