There are ten modernized Medicare supplement plans to choose from. Each plan offers a different level of coverage. You can fill in all gaps – or just the big ones. We’ll help you find the best value.
Plan F is the most comprehensive policy. It fills in all gaps in Medicare and is therefore popular. Plan G covers everything but the Part B deductible and has very little in out-of-pocket expenses. Plan N is just a step below Plan G – it requires office and emergency room copays the others do not. Lately, we see more demand for Plan G and Plan N over Plan F.
There are a couple of reasons for this, but it’s primarily because Medicare supplement Plans G and N offer better value. In Texas, the rates can be $20-$30 less a month. And Plan F is no longer offered to new Medicare beneficiaries. This change may result in larger premium increases on Plan F.
And if you’re new to Medicare in 2020, Plans C, F, and HD Plan F will be unavailable for purchase. The next most comprehensive plans are G, D, and High Deductible Plan G.
There are also supplemental Plans K, L, and M. They require more cost sharing by the insured, but do offer lower monthly premiums. As with most insurance policies, the less expensive the plan, the more out-of-pocket exposure. We don’t see as much interest in these three policies.
Other lower-cost options include “Select Medicare Supplement Plans” which require the insured to use a network of doctors and hospitals for regular care. Premiums will be less for Medicare Select plans. Care received outside of the network will not be covered unless it’s for emergency services. Only a few companies offer Medigap Select Plans. Many traditional policies can be found at the same cost -so Select policies are not popular.
High Deductible Plans G and F are also available from a limited number of supplemental providers. Benefits will not begin until a $3,470 deductible (for 2023) has been met. Premiums are very affordable with High Deductible Medicare Supplements. Some can be found for as little as $40 a month in some areas of Texas. These are great options for those who don’t want a Medicare Advantage plan.
The Texas Department of Insurance offers valuable Medicare information and brochures. Click here to view them. You should also know that new supplements are being introduced all the time. We keep up with these new offerings so you can separate the known from the unknown. We will discuss rate increase history and company reputations with you as well.