We offer Medicare Supplement insurance plans in California direct to our clients. With our independent agency, you can compare the lowest rates from several affordable Medigap insurance providers side by side.
Our providers include: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Combined, Humana, Manhattan Life, Mutual of Omaha, National General, Loyal American, Sentinel Life, Thrivent, Transamerica, United American, United Healthcare and many others.
If you are nearing age 65, been accepted into Medicare Disability, or shopping for better rates during your (birthday month), then we can assist you. Currently AARP United Healthcare, Anthem, Mutual of Omaha and Transamerica are offering some of the best rates in CA.
There are ten Medicare insurance plans to choose from: A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N. Plan A covers only basic benefits while Plan F fills in all the gaps not covered by Original Medicare.
In California, plans F, G, and N are popular as they fill in the most common gaps. Some companies also offer a High Deductible Plan G and F. Before High Deductible Plan benefits begin, you would need to reach a $2,340 deductible for 2020. High Deductible Medicare Supplements are popular for their very low premiums.
Plans K and L are two other less expensive options that require the insured to cover more in out of pocket expenses – much like Medicare Advantage plans. Unlike Advantage coverage, Plans K and L do not have network restrictions, however.
And there have been some recent changes. If you’re new to Medicare in 2020 and beyond, Plans F, C and HD F are unavailable for purchase. The next most comprehensive options are Plans G, N, D and HD Plan G. We can help you sort this out.
Plans M and N are also affordable options in the Medicare supplement marketplace. They require more cost sharing than traditional insurance options like F and G, but have lower monthly premiums. Of the two, Plan N is more comprehensive and more popular with our clients.
If you are newly or soon to be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, you are eligible to purchase a Medigap insurance policy. You cannot be denied coverage due to health history or preexisting conditions. This is known as the open enrollment period and includes the three months before, month of, and 6 months after your 65th birthday.
Medical underwriting is not required and no health related questions are asked. There are no waiting periods for your coverage to being. Additionally, if you are involuntarily losing group health insurance after age 65, you are eligible to purchase a supplemental policy without medical underwriting. There are no waiting periods for preexisting conditions when purchasing coverage during your open enrollment or guarantee issue windows.
Those under age 65 in California and eligible for Medicare Part B due to disability also have a six month open enrollment window to purchase supplemental coverage. Plan availability will differ from company to company, but all carriers must offer Plans A, B, G and D.
If coverage is not purchased during your six month open enrollment window, then underwriting may be necessary and you can be denied coverage. Insurance companies are allowed to charge you more if you are under age 65, however. Rates can vary quite a bit, but the benefits will be the same as if you were 65 or older. Plans with the same letter must offer the same benefits.
Once you have purchased a Medicare supplement in California, you have the opportunity each year near your birthday month to enroll in a new plan. The rule allows you to purchase “like or lesser” without medical underwriting. This means you can’t be turned down for health reasons.
If you are enrolled in Plan F for instance, you can move to a new Plan F (or lesser plan, like G) with a different insurance company . You won’t have to answer any questions about your health and there are no exclusions for preexisting conditions.
You can lower your monthly premiums by taking advantage of the California Medicare Supplement birthday rule if your rates have risen significantly. It’s also a good time to explore the value in lesser policies like Plan G and Plan N.
How Long Does It Last?
Recently the State of CA extended the birthday rule to 60 days. It used to be only 30 days. This means all insurance companies must accept your application beginning on your birthday and then for the following 60 days. Most insurance companies will begin accepting applications up to 30 days before your birthday as well.
And those under age 65 can also invoke the birthday rule to purchase like or lesser coverage each year without proving insurability. However, if you move to a lesser plan, there are no guarantees you can move back to more comprehensive coverage later.
It’s wise to work with an independent brokerage when purchasing Medicare supplement plans. We can help you compare rates with several providers and shop for less expensive plans each year. There are always new carriers entering the market and oftentimes they offer lower rates than their competition.
Our independent brokerage offers Medicare supplement insurance in all of California. Prices are controlled by law, so you will not find better rates online, in person or by calling each company on your own.
With our agency, you can compare the direct rates from several highly rated carriers like Mutual of Omaha, AARP United Healthcare, Transamerica Life and many others side by side. Contact us today!