Medicare Supplement Rates

2014 Medicare and Medigap Updates

Medicare Supplement Rates

Many find the chore of looking through Medicare supplement rates a difficult and confusing one. When you consider all the things that need to be taken into account – comparing package offers, prices, matching your needs to specific plans, and making sure you are only dealing with reputable and accredited providers – it is not hard to see why this is the case. As a result, many policy owners end up choosing a Medigap policy out of the want to just get it done instead of thinking about how they can get the best plan for themselves.

When you consider that not all Medigap policies are created equal, then the need becomes even more pressing. Sure, the coverage is regulated by strict federal laws, but there are still plenty of gray areas that need to be dealt with for a prospective policy owner to truly get a plan that he or she needs. In this post, we will examine each of the considerations that go into examining Medicare supplement rates in the hopes that we can simplify it for people who do not have the time to thumb through all the necessary details of the Medigap policy selection process.

The first step in determining your Medicare supplement rates is to determine that you actually need a Medigap policy to augment your existing Medicare plan. For this, it is very important to outline your reasons for thinking why a Medigap plan is necessary. Exactly what medical services would you hope to get in the next few months or years that are not covered by Medicare? This will help you quickly determine which plan is the best fit for your needs.

Once you have an idea of which plan you want to get to supplement your medical needs, it is time to compare offers. There are websites on the internet which provide Medicare supplement rates from multiple providers within a specific state. If you decide to do this, make sure that you are selecting the state where you are living as prices can significantly vary from state to state depending on several factors. You can also get brochures from your state or county health office if you want to be sure that you are only dealing with state-licensed providers as opposed to the potentially dubious offers that can come from the internet.

Comparing Medicare supplement rates is fairly easy but it is by no means simple. When choosing a Medigap policy, always make sure that you look at the cost of the policy in Year 1 as well as in Year 5 and maybe Year 10. Some policies may be cheaper today but the price will increase per year moving forward. Others will be more expensive on paper today but since there are no annual price increases, you may be able to save in the long-term. Do not solely rely on the offers in the first year. Expand your perspective to check Medigap cost implications a few years down the road.

Before making your final selection, always check reviews written by other policy owners on the providers that are on your short list. The price may be lower with some providers but if it takes eons to make a claim, then this is all for naught. You want to have a supportive and accommodating provider at the right price, not a cheap offer in exchange for long lines at the counter or extended “holds” on the phone.

Use this as a handy checklist when sifting through the Medicare supplement rates in your state to simplify your considerations. Given the importance of a supplemental health insurance policy, you should not be cutting corners in the selection process. Look at all the necessary details and compare various providers before making your final selection on your preferred medical insurance provider.