Supplemental Medicare Insurance for AZ.
Supplemental Medicare Insurance policies, also known as Medigap, are insurance policies which are intended to cover certain health costs which are not covered by the Original Medicare plans. The most common costs usually covered by Supplemental Medicare Insurance plans are: Deductibles. These are the amounts you have to pay to the hospital before the Original Medicare plan or prescription drug plan begin to pay.
Coinsurance: An amount, usually a percentage, which you may be required to pay as your share of the cost for services.
Copayment: An amount you may be required to pay towards the cost of a medical service such as a doctor’s visit or a prescription. The amount is normally a flat rate fee such as $10 for a prescription.
If you have a Supplemental Medicare Insurance plan and you are treated under Medicare, then the healthcare provider will seek payment firstly from Medicare and then from the insurance company providing your Supplemental Medicare Insurance plan. By paying premiums for a Medigap policy your costs for your medical treatment under Medicare can be covered, depending precisely on the plan you bought. Separate insurance cover has to be obtained to cover any shortfalls in paying for the Medicare drug prescription plan.
Standardized Supplemental Medicare Insurance Policies
There are a number of plans from Plan A to Plan N although some have been discontinued. In accordance with Federal and state laws what is covered by Supplemental plans is standardized so that all plans offer the same basic benefits. So Plan F will the same wherever you go. Some plans offer additional benefits, such as cover for medical care if you travel outside the United States. Diverse Premiums While the content of Supplemental plans are very standardized the prices of them are not and insurance companies, required to offer exactly the same insurance cover as another insurance company may charge different premiums.. When making inquiries you will need to make sure that you are comparing like with like. Some insurance companies also structure their pricing of insurance plans in accordance with the age of the individual buying the policy and some do not.
Enrolling for a Supplemental Medicare Insurance plan
The best time to enroll for a Supplemental Medicare Insurance Plan is in the 6 months following the first day of the month after you reach 65, known as the open enrollment period. During that time the insurance company cannot refuse to sell you a policy for health reasons. If you have a pre-existing health problem then the insurance company can decline to cover any payments for that particular health problem but only for 6 months. You must be enrolled in Medicare’s Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). If you do not enroll during this open enrollment period then in some states it may become more difficult to enroll and it is likely that the costs will be greater. Medicare Select In some states you can buy a particular type of Supplemental Medicare Insurance plan known as Medicare Select. This is a policy which may require you to use only specific hospitals or specific doctors, often in return for lower premiums.
Who does well with Supplemental Medicare Insurance Plans?
Supplemental Medicare Insurance plans can be of benefit to those who want access to doctors who are not involved in managed care plans (Medicare Advantage Plans), or who travel to other states often. They can also be useful to those who require a high level of medical care such as those needing regular injections, or regular physical therapy. If you are on Plan F you will not be billed for the services. Supplemental Medicare Insurance plans are not for everybody. But they could be just what you need – as long as you read the small print.