October 2021: Understanding Medigap Plans

What are Medigap Plans?

Medigaps are health insurance policies that offer standardized benefits to work with Original Medicare (not Medicare Advantage). They are sold by private insurance companies. If you have a Medigap, it pays part or all of certain remaining costs after Original Medicare pays first. Medigaps may also cover health care costs that Medicare does not cover at all, like care received when traveling abroad.

Remember, Medigaps only work with Original Medicare. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you cannot buy a Medigap.

Choosing a Medigap Plan

Insurance companies may offer up to 10 different Medigap policies to choose from: A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each lettered policy is standardized. This means that all policies labeled with the same letter have the same benefits, no matter which company provides them, though prices vary. Companies are not required to offer all 10 standardized Medigap policies, meaning some may be unavailable in your state.

Listed below are things you should consider when choosing a Medigap plan. Make sure to review the Medigap plan benefits chart for additional information. Note: Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have different Medigap plans.

Plan A offers the most basic coverage, covering a core set of coverage gaps, but it is often the least expensive.

Plans F, C, and G are the three most comprehensive Medigaps, but they generally cost more.

Plans F and C are only available to you if you were newly eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020.

Medigap plans are guaranteed renewable. That means that as long as you pay the premium, you can keep your plan. However, premiums may change yearly. 

Shop around. Different insurance companies charge different premiums for the exact same plan. 

If you’d like more information on Medigap plans, you can contact Connexion Insurance Solutions at the number below.