Medigap policies no longer cover prescription drugs. You cannot have both Medicare Part D and Medigap drug coverage at the same time. If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) and a Medigap policy that covers drugs, then you need to tell your Medigap insurance provider to remove the drug coverage from your policy. Though Part D coverage of Medicare Supplement plans is of more benefit than Medigap drug insurance, you can choose to keep your Medigap plan with prescription drug insurance. Plans A up to plan J have higher premiums, more rewards, and cheaper out-of-pocket bills. Basic rewards include Part A & B of Medicare co-insurance or co-payment, and 3 pints of blood. Additional benefits may include Medicare Part A and B deductibles, Skilled Nursing Facility co-insurance, foreign travel emergency services, Medicare Part B excess charges, preventive care, at-home recovery, and some companies may provide insurance for prescription drugs. As always, you should consult a professional, to go over all the benefits, and help you find the best plan, at the best price, for your particular situation.
For people over the age of 65, there can be nothing more stressful than dealing with Medicare. If health insurance for seniors was as easy as simply registering for the government program, then there would be no problems. Unfortunately, the government program does leave a gap. You have probably heard various specialists and professionals in the healthcare industry talk about this gap. What they are referring to is the fact that Medicare does not cover costs such as deductibles and co-pays. The good news is that the private insurance providers offer Medicare supplement plans. These are federally regulated plans that are meant to help you pay for the extra costs that Medicare Supplement plans does not cover. Medicare Supplement plans cover everything.
A Medicare supplement needs to be thought about above all else, so it is important not to go with the first coverage which comes through the inbox or mail box. It is perfectly fine to make an appointment with an agent, and discuss what they have to offer, but signing up should always be after multiple plans have been discussed. There are a high number of Medicare supplement plans to consider; the standard ones labeled A through L, which offer much the same coverage from provider to provider. The rate of premiums will be the only major difference really, so rather than choosing a company which has a good name, it may be better to work with one that feels better.