What is a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Policy?
A "Medicare Supplement Insurance" policy (also called a Medigap) is private health insurance that's designed to supplement Original Medicare. This means it helps pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover (like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles). These are the "gaps" in Medicare coverage. If you have Original Medicare and a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amounts for covered health care costs. Then your Medigap policy pays its share. A Medigap policy is different from a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) because those plans are ways to get Medicare benefits, while a Medigap policy only supplements your Original Medicare benefits. Note: Medicare doesn't pay any of the costs for you to get a Medigap policy.
Every Medigap policy must follow Federal and state laws designed to protect you, and the policy must be clearly identified as "Medicare Supplement Insurance". Medigap insurance companies in most states can only sell you a "standardized" Medigap policy identified by letters A through N. Each standardized Medigap policy must offer the same benefits, no matter which insurance company sells it. Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different insurance companies.
Contact us today to learn more about coverage options. We are happy to work with you to determine which Medicare Supplement Plan choice may fit your needs.
Or contact www.medicare.gov, 1-800-Medicare or your State Health Insurance Assistance Program
"Choosing a Medigap Policy" published by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services.
We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-Medicare to get Information on all of your options.
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