Medicare Supplement Plans also referred to as Medigap Plans offered by private insurance companies:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United World Life Insurance Company (A Mutual of Omaha Company)
- For people who want to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan they MUST have Original Medicare Parts A and B in place before you can apply for a policy.
- All Medicare Supplement plans offered by the carriers are required by federal law to be identical to one another. The only difference between them is their rate levels. There are up to eight different plans with Plan F being the most purchased plan because it pays what original Medicare doesn’t pay at 100%, but is no longer available for individuals turning 65 after 1-1-2020. Those beneficiaries who already have Plan F are grandfathered and can keep it as long as the want it. Plan G has is the next best plan available now.
- Plans are designed to supplement and work only with Original Medicare.
- There is a monthly premium associated with a Medicare Supplement plan. Rates are based upon attained age.
- People turning 65 and enrolling in Part B for the first time coverage is on a guaranteed issue basis for the first 6 months after the Part B effective date meaning you cannot be denied coverage for any reason and all pre-existing conditions are covered. After the 6 month period has passed and you want to purchase a Medicare Supplement policy you must then answer medical questions and could be declined a policy if present health conditions warrant such a decision.
- For people retiring and coming off an employer plan you must apply for Part A & B and have them in place before you can apply for a Medicare Supplement policy. You can go to casanovains.com and apply by clicking on the link “Apply for Medicare” under the Medicare tab located at the top of the landing page