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Medicare Supplement Insurance
What is it?
Medicare Supplement Insurance plans help pay for health care costs that are not covered by Original Medicare, Parts A and B. Medicare Supplement plans – which are sometimes called Medigap policies - are sold through private insurance companies. They may protect you against medical costs that are not covered or are unexpected.
Medicare Supplement insurance plans are "standardized" by the government and are named by the letters A through N. Standardized means that all the companies' plans are the same. The only difference is price, reputation and customer service.
Who is eligible and when do I enroll?
The best time to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is when you first become eligible, up to one year before your 65th birthday. Your coverage begins the same day that your Medicare Part B coverage starts.
Keep in mind that you cannot be turned down because of a pre-existing condition when you first apply for a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan.
What else should I know?
Keep these factors in mind when deciding if Medicare Supplement Insurance is right for you.
You can’t have a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan and a Medicare Advantage plan at the same time.
Medicare Advantage plans are health insurance plans approved by Medicare and offered by private companies. Medicare Advantage plans are different from Medicare Supplement Insurance plans. If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you cannot purchase a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan.
Medicare Part A — Hospital Insurance
Medicare Part B — Medical Insurance
Medicare Part C — Medicare Advantage
Medicare Part D — Prescription Drug
Last Updated: March 24, 2022
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