MEDICARE/MEDIGAP

Enrolling in the Best Medicare Supplement Plans 2019 can open a world of opportunities to seniors. You may want to check with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program where you live to answer any specific questions you have about Medicare supplement policies. Planning for healthcare expenses in retirement can be very complex and daunting so consider working with a financial professional who can help you review your options and determine what fits best for your personal goals and financial situation.

 

Information regarding Medicare and the available supplemental plans can often be confusing. Receiving Medicare Part A and Part B as a “gift” from the government upon turning sixty-five is a blessing and a bit scary all at once. When entering into Medicare health coverage it is important to gain as much information as possible. It does not need to be a guessing game.

 

The main thing for people turning sixty five is for them to realize that Medicare Part A and Part B are not going to cover all of the medical expenses they will incur. The purchase of Medigap insurance to fill in the hole left by Medicare is necessary. In fact without Medigap Supplemental Insurance you could end up in financial ruin covering the costs left by the holes in Medicare.

 

Basic Medicare coverage is given to qualifying individuals upon turning sixty-five. The basic coverage consists of two basic parts, Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is known as hospital coverage. It will cover room, board, impatient care within a skilled nursing facility, hospice care and home health care. That sounds like a fair amount of insurance but in actuality is leaves many holes.

 

Plan B, which is also part of the Medicare coverage you receive upon turning sixty-five when paying the monthly deductible, covers physicians services. The plan covers Medicare-eligible Doctors services, outpatient hospital services and durable medical equipment. This may seem to be enough coverage to handle all of the medical costs that come to those over sixty-five but in reality it is not. However without Medigap coverage the gaps left are shocking. With Part A the deductible is paid out of pocket and will need to be covered again after sixty days if you should be admitted into the hospital again within that time. With Part B an annual deductible is applied and payment of twenty percent of all doctors bills if a Medicare Supplemental Plan is not purchased.