You can buy a Medigap policy through a private insurance company to help fill the gaps in Medicare Part A & B coverage such as coinsurance and deductibles.
There is a six-month Open Enrollment Period when you can purchase a Medigap plan without medical underwriting. This period starts when you are both 65 or over and enrolled in Medicare Part B and it cannot be extended. Thereafter Medigap Insurance companies can refuse to accept new applicants based on health history.
Medigap policies do not work with other health insurance including Medicare Advantage, VA benefits or Employer group plans.
Every Medigap policy must follow federal and state laws and can only offer standardized policies labeled by letters A through N. Each standardized policy must offer the same benefits no matter which insurance company sells it. Beginning January 1st 2020 Plan F will be unavailable to new Medicare beneficiaries with Years of birth of 1955 and later. Those that have Plan F can keep it and those on Medicare before 2020 or born 1954 or prior will be able to purchase Plan F.
Cost and Financial Ratings are usually the primary considerations when comparing similar policies offered by different companies.
|Basic Benefits: Hospitalization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Basic Benefits: All Other||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Medicare Part A Deductible||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||50%||Yes|
|Skilled Nursing Coinsurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Medicare Part B Deductible||Yes||Yes|
|Medicare Part B Excess Charges||Yes||Yes|
|Foreign Travel Emergency||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Out-of-Pocket Annual Limit||Yes||Yes|
** There is also a high-deductible Plan F ($2,140)