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Comparing All Medigap Plans | Chart Updated for 2023

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By Daniel Petkevich
Aug 1, 2022

Choose a Medigap Plan that's Right for You

It's always good to have options. Isn't it?

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You like to have options getting a health insurance plan, right?
Choosing the Medigap plan that suits you is a big decision, but there are a lot of options available, so it can seem a bit complicated.
We understand that.
To make it easier, we've put together a comparison of the benefits of all the Medigap plans, so you can compare one plan against another and select the one that's right for you.

What Is a Medigap Plan?

With Medicare, you might still have to pay a portion of your healthcare services as

deductibles, copays, and coinsurance

. Medigap, also known as Medicare Supplement Insurance, helps to meet these out-of-pocket expenses.
Medigap is a health insurance policy sold by private insurance companies to fill the "gaps" in original Medicare coverage. You might need to pay a monthly premium for a Medigap policy in addition to your monthly Part B premium.
To sign up for a Medigap plan, you must have Medicare Parts A and B coverage. Once you've enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, you can choose a Medigap plan that meets your needs and purchase it.
Medigap policies don't have networks, so you can go to any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare. Moreover, some Medigap plans even offer extra benefits for emergency medical care while

traveling outside the United States

.

How Do I Compare Different Medigap Plans?

Medicare beneficiaries can choose from at least nine different Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans in 2023, each identified by a letter. The federal government standardizes these plans, so each plan offers the same basic benefits regardless of where you purchase it.
Note: Medicare beneficiaries signing up for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, can no longer purchase Medigap plans that cover the Part B deductible. So, Plans C and F are no longer available for them. However, if you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, but have not yet enrolled, you may be able to purchase Plan C or Plan F, which would cover your Part B deductible. You can keep your plan if you were covered by Plan C or F (or the Plan F high-deductible version) before January 1, 2020.
Most Medigap plans cover the same basic benefits, while some may provide additional benefits. You can compare plans in the chart below and choose the plan you like.
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Medigap Plans — Comparison Chart 2023
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‎Some states offer a Medigap plan called the

Medicare SELECT plan

. Although this plan may have a lower premium, there are network limitations.

How Much Does a Medigap Plan Cost?

The total

cost of Medigap plans

can vary depending on

the plan you choose

and the insurance provider. The premium amount, which is the monthly price you pay for the plan, can range from $50 to more than $400.
While some Medigap plans cover 100% of your service once you pay the required deductible amount, others may have copayments or coinsurance in addition to the premium. Different insurance companies may charge different premiums for the same plan, so it pays to compare when shopping for a plan.
The total cost of a Medigap plan depends on:
  • Part A/B premium
  • Medigap plan premium
  • Deductibles — The amount you pay before your insurance coverage begins
  • Copayments — The amount you pay as your share for services after paying any deductibles, usually a percentage
  • Coinsurance — The amount you pay as your share for a medical service

Do Medigap Plans Have Network Limitations?

No, standard Medigap plans are not restricted to specific networks. Healthcare providers who accept Medicare also accept Medigap.
Some Medigap plans even provide emergency healthcare services outside the U.S.
However, state-sponsored Medigap plans like Medicare SELECT have network limitations. Healthcare providers outside this network will not provide coverage except in an emergency.

Medigap plans in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Medigap plans are standardized across all states in the U.S. except in

Massachusetts

,

Minnesota

and

Wisconsin

. These three states have their own unique Medigap plans.
Even though the basic benefits are common across most of the Medigap plans, each of these states has a different way of handling Medigap, so you'll want to understand the differences before you purchase your plan.
However, beneficiaries in these states can use their policy nationwide with any doctor who accepts Medicare, just like the standard Medicare Supplement plans in other states.

When Do You Enroll in a Medigap Plan?

If you want to

enroll in Medigap

, you can do it any time throughout the year after you've enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
Enrolling during your

Initial Enrollment Period

(IEP) has the advantage of getting better premium rates and more plan options. Moreover, you can choose any plan you like without

medical underwriting

, even if you have a health condition.
Enrolling during any other time of the year may require medical underwriting, and providers may reject your application if you have a pre-existing condition.

Takeaway

Medigap plans can be an advantage for covering your out-of-pocket expenses. And since all Medicare-approved providers accept it, there are no network restrictions.
If you're looking for help selecting a Medigap plan that's right for you, we're here to make things easier. With an extensive knowledge of Medigap plans, our experts can

provide an unbiased opinion

and assist you in selecting the best plan for your needs.
Call us at 1-888-376-2028 to get a better understanding of your Medigap options.

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