When putting cost into consideration, suitability is also critical when evaluating and comparing Medigap plans. Suppose you can pay $450 to Medigap plans because money is not a problem. However, if your medical needs can be adequately met with $180 plans, would you really like to buy the most expensive Medigap policy? If so, doesn’t that mean you’re just throwing money, money you’ll never use? Striking a balance between coverage and need is the most important criterion before you can say that you have chosen the best Medicare supplement plan for them.
What is the best Medicare supplement plans currently on the market? Trying to answer this question without putting the situation in context really means nothing to any potential Medigap policy owner. At first glance, it would be tremendously easy to say that Plan F is the most complete and therefore can be called the best Medicare supplement plan, but when you begin to consider the cost of premium and suitability, you may not be as willing to accept.
Medicare Supplement Policies most times offer better insurance than Medicare Advantage plans, many people choose to sign up for the original Medicare and buy supplemental insurance. Thousands of seniors in recent weeks have received letters notifying them that their coverage with their current benefit plan will end at the end of the year. These individuals have a special guaranteed enrollment period for which they can register for any type of plan with any company without answering health questions. People with health problems should use this period to purchase a Medicare supplemental insurance plan.
Plan M, one of two brand new standardized policies, makes use cost sharing as a means to keep lower your monthly bills. The implication is that, in exchange for slightly lower monthly premiums, people with M would share the Medicare Part A ($1068 in 2009) deductible with insurance company 50/50. The insurance company pays half and you pay the other half. Plan M does not cover the Medicare Part B deductible; however, there are no copies in the doctor’s office after you meet the Part B franchise. Most analysts project that premiums under this plan will be about 15% lower than current F premiums (most common plan).
The second most popular guaranteed issue period takes place when older people choose to work after they clock 65 years. During this period, they are normally insured by employer policy, which provides superior insurance to the original Medicare. However, when they finally retire and leave the employer plan, they have a guaranteed period of 63 days when they can enroll in the plan of their choice. This guaranteed issuance period also includes people who have retired but are still covered under their previous employer plan.