Medicare Supplement

Medicare Supplement Guaranteed Issue Rights

Many seniors are losing their employer group health coverage or union coverage. This employer group health coverage could be in the form of retiree coverage or COBRA coverage. For some, the loss of employer group coverage is because the former employer is looking for a way to save money. Others may be losing their employer group coverage due to retirement or the retirement of a spouse. When this coverage ends, the insured has certain rights in the area of purchasing a Medicare supplement. These ...

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Aaron Holmes 8/16/2010 Comments(0)

Choosing a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan

In order to simplify the process of choosing a medigap insurance plan, I've listed 4 plans for you to consider. #1. Plan F #2. Plan G #3. Plan N #4. Plan F+ high deductible plan F PlanF: The plan F is the most comprehensive medigap insurance plan. Plan G: The plan G policy has been an alternative to the plan F policy for some who have had a Medicare supplement insurance plan such as a plan F and looking to reduce insurance premiums. Plan N: This is a new medigap policy that has only been availab...

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Rick Iverson 7/16/2010 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplement Coverage - Plans M and N

On June 1, 2010, the new Modernized Medicare Supplement Plans will begin to be sold. Since Medicare supplement plans were standardized in 1992 there has not been a great deal of change to the plans. Plans K and L were added but do not seem to have made a significant difference in the market. Many believe Plans M and N which will be added as a Part of the Modernized Medicare Supplement Plans will make a difference. Particularly, Medicare Supplement Plan N. Let's look at the highlights of the two ...

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Aaron Holmes 4/2/2010 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans will be Grandfathered

The 2010 Modernized Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans can have effective dates as early as June 1, 2010. The previous Medicare supplement insurance plan designs will no longer be available at that time. Policyholders will naturally be wanting to know how this will effect their Medicare supplement coverage if they already have a Medigap insurance plan. The answer is that the Medigap insurance plans sold prior to June 1, 2010 will be grandfathered. Those insureds will not be required to buy one ...

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Aaron Holmes 2/18/2010 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplement Guaranteed Issue Rights

Will your Medicare Advantage Plan be around in 2010? Some Medicare Advantage Plan members will be involuntarily disenrolled from their current plans since some plans will end as of 12/31/09. What does this mean for the Medicare Advantage Plan members? For some this change presents a great opportunity to purchase a Medicare supplement policy without going through any underwriting. If a person's Medicare Advantage Plan leaves Medicare or stops providing benefits in an area of coverage, that person...

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8/1/2009 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplement Policies Are Easy to Buy

Are you interested in buying a Medicare supplement policy for the first time or replacing your current Medicare supplement plan? Medicare supplement coverage is easy to purchase. Rates can be obtained by completing an online quote form like the one found at Once you receive an email back with a quote comparison and decide with an agent what plan makes the most sense for you, a simple application is then submitted to the insurance company where the medigap policy...

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6/1/2009 Comments(0)

Medicare and Hospice

Medicare Part A includes Hospice as a benefit. Medicare Part A beneficiaries are entitled to hospice benefits if they are terminally ill and have less than six months to live. Hospice benefits include doctor services, medical equipment and supplies, and nursing services among other things. In 2011, Medicare Part A has a $1,132 deductible. The beneficiary is responsible for this deductible. Medicare Part B has a $162 deductible and then Medicare pays 80% and the beneficiary generally pays the rem...

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6/1/2009 Comments(0)

Changes to Medicare Supplement Policies

Effective June 1, 2010, there will be 11 new Medicare supplement plans, also know as Medigap plans, to choose from. These plans will include plans A, B, C, D, F, high-deductible F, G, K, L, M and N If you already have a Medicare supplement insurance, your coverage will not be affected . Plans E, H, I, and J are being eliminated from the Medicare supplement policies. In addition, the At-home recovery and preventative care benefits will no longer be included on Medigap policies. Plan G Medicare su...

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5/1/2009 Comments(0)

Replacing Your Group Policy With a Medicare Supplement

Many seniors review their health care coverage at the end of the year. At this time of year, some companies make changes to their insurance plans for retirees. Sometimes these changes can make Medicare supplement insurance policies attractive. The changes companies may result in higher monthly premiums, higher deductible, or maybe both. For many seniors, a medicare supplement policy might make sense due to the cost and the degree of coverage since the out of pocket can be very low. One important...

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11/1/2008 Comments(0)

Time to Shop for a New Medicare Supplement Insurance?

November 15th is coming up and many seniors with Medicare supplement insurance believe that this is the time November 15th - December 31st they can change to another medicare supplement policy medigap policy . This is true and false. True, you can look for and apply with another medicare supplement company between November 15th and December 31st. False, if you thought this was the only time of the year you can change Medicare supplements. Medicare supplement insurance can be changed at any point...

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10/1/2008 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplements See Lower Rate Increases

Good news for Medicare supplement policyholders! According to a PRNews press release on August 12, 2008, Aon Consulting Worldwide surveyed more than 70 leading health care insurers. Part of the survey focused on Medicare supplement rate increases. The result was that rates were projected to increase 7.3%. This is good news since a year ago the rates were increasing 11.2%. Rates can be expected to increase. But there is a way to potentially lower your Medicare supplement rate. How? By shopping ar...

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9/1/2008 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplements: How they work

In order to have a Medicare supplement, a person must also have coverage under Medicare Part A and Part B. The Medicare supplement picks up where Medicare leaves off. Medicare Part A hospitalization has a deductible and additional costs for extended hospital stays. Part B has a deductible and then generally covers 80% of medical costs. Medicare supplement coverage depends on which of the available plans you choose. Medicare supplement coverage is preferred by many seniors because it allows them ...

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8/1/2008 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplements & Departments of Ins

Your state's department of insurance website can be very helpful in getting Medicare supplement information. Often they even provide you with rate information. Sometimes the information is accurate and other times it is a little out of date, but it can a good starting point. You may need to look for a listing of consumer publications which could provide rates or some states even have handy tools that allow you to enter in your zip code and it will list out rates. Keep in mind the rates may not b...

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8/1/2007 Comments(0)

Switching Medicare Supplement Companies

For many people, changing medicare supplement companies is a very simple thing to do. The first things a person would want to consider are the medicare supplement insurance plan designs and the monthly premiums. These should be compared with what the insured has through the current company. Usually, the reason a change is considered is because the insured has received a rate increase and wants to shop other options. If a plan is found where the benefits and monthly premium makes sense compared t...

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9/1/2006 Comments(0)

Medicare Preventative Services

During the first six months an individual is on Medicare Part B, Medicare coveres a one-time preventative physical exam. What does the exam include? It includes a review of your health, information on preventative services you need like certain screenings and shots. The amount you pay is generally 20% of the Medicare approved amount after the Part B deductible....

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8/1/2006 Comments(0)

Creditable Coverage and Medicare Supplements

Medicare Supplements can have a six-month wait on pre-existing conditions, unless you have had at least six months of previous health coverage that can be considered "credible coverage". A pre-existing condition is a condition for which medical advice was given or treatment was recommended by or received from a physician within 6 months before the effective date of coverage. In some cases, the Medicare supplement company can refuse to cover your out-of-pocket costs for these pre-existing health ...

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6/1/2006 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplement Underwriting

Individuals applying for a Medicare Supplement that are not in an Open Enrollment period or Guaranteed Issue period usually must be underwritten for an insurance company to provide medicare supplement coverage. What is underwriting like? Companies differ in how they underwrite. The primary part of underwriting on medicare supplements is the "Yes/No" part of the application. If the applicant can answer "No" to all the questions, the insurance company will usually provide coverage. Some insurance ...

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2/1/2006 Comments(0)

Medicare Supplements Are Guaranteed Renewable

Can your medicare supplement provider drop your coverage? If your policy was purchased after 1990, then no. The medigap policy is guaranteed renewable. The only way your coverage can be dropped is if you stop paying your premium, information you provided on the application was not truthful, or the insurance company goes bankrupt. If you were to lose coverage due to bankruptcy, there is protection for you. For those 65 and over, you have 63 days from the date your coverage ends to purchase Medica...

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9/1/2005 Comments(0)

Medicare Assignment

Assignment is an important word for the Medicare recipient. It refers to how the health care provider is paid. If a doctor accepts assignment, the doctor has agreed to always accept the medicare approved amount for each service provided as payment in full. Since Medicare pays 80% of the Medicare approved amount, that makes the insured responsible for the 20% balance remaining. All Medicare Supplements will cover the 20% balance after the deductible $110 in 2005 has been met. Medicare pays the do...

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5/1/2005 Comments(0)

Open Enrollment Period

The Open Enrollment period is the six-month period beginning on the first day of the month in which you are enrolled in Medicare Part B. If you are on Medicare under age 65, you will also have a six-month Open Enrollment period when you reach age 65. This period lasts 6 months. When did your period begin? Look at your Medicare card to see when Medicare did/will start. During the open enrollment is the best time to purchase a medicare supplement. Often people get confused regarding the terms medi...

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3/1/2005 Comments(0)