Medicare Supplement Plans: A Brief Guide to Medigap

  • By Jen Steever
  • 14 Jun, 2017

Bridging Policy Coverage Gaps

What is Medigap?

Approximately 45 million people are enrolled in Medicare due to their age, so if you're a senior over the age of 65, you're probably at least a little familiar with what these plans can offer. While original Medicare can provide coverage for vital services, these policies often don't cover every expense. That's why Medicare supplement policies are so popular: they can help bridge these gaps. But because there are so many Medicare supplement plan options to choose from, it's easy to become overwhelmed and confused. Below, we've explained these supplemental plans in a bit more detail.
Medigap plans are the same as Medicare supplement plans. These are extra policies you can purchase to help pay for healthcare costs that aren't covered by original Medicare.

What do these plans cover?

Your Medigap plan can help pay for your deductibles and co-payments, as well as some health care costs outside the country. You may also be able to use this plan to cover hospital or skilled nursing costs after you use up your allotted days covered by original Medicare.

How do Medigap plans work?

If you enroll in a Medicare supplement policy, you'll pay a monthly premium. In return, this plan will cover your out-of-pocket costs for services (like when you visit the doctor). To be eligible, you must have original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B). If you've enrolled in Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C), you are not eligible for a supplement plan.

Are there things Medigap does not cover?

If you enroll in a supplement plan, you won't have coverage for dental or vision care, hearing aids, eye glasses, private nursing, or long-term care. In addition, supplement plans do not offer prescription drug coverage. If that's something you need, you should enroll in Medicare Part D in addition to your other Medigap plans. Alternatively, you could explore Medicare Advantage in lieu of these supplemental plans.
Because there are 10 different Medigap plans to choose from, it's important to ascertain which plan will work best for your needs and budget. At S2S Silver Services, we can provide you with a comprehensive quote to make your decision easier. If you're interested in finding out more about Medicare supplement plans in Virginia, please contact us today.
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No one likes to think that their health could fail at any point, or that it will likely decline as you age. But it is important to keep these thoughts in mind, especially since the average 65-year-old American has a 70% chance of needing long-term care services in their lifetime.

When you take into consideration that the average medical expenses of a 65-year-old couple can total around $218,000 over 20 years, it's clear why so many people choose to invest in long-term care insurance. For the same reasons, Medicare supplement plans could be a huge money saver in the post-retirement years to come.

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