2014 Medicare and Medigap Updates
For retirees who want to be assured of proper medical coverage in their retirement years, Medigap insurance is one of the most essential considerations for complementing basic Medicare. Without a doubt, many already know that Medicare in itself is not sufficient to cover some of the more common medical procedures for retirees. Medigap insurance can help bridge this gap by providing additional and supplemental coverage where Medicare is wholly deficient.
As can already be inferred by the nature of Medigap as a supplemental medical insurance policy, Medigap cannot exist by itself without being anchored to basic Medicare. Retirees approaching the age of 65 years old and who have met the basic requirements for qualifying for Medicare are already eligible to apply for Medicare coverage 6 months before they retire. During this same period, they also need to make a determination as to whether or not Medicare is sufficient in meeting their needs.
Here, it helps to remember that Medicare supplement insurance is purely optional for all Medicare policy owners. The decision to sign up to a Medigap plan is entirely up to the retiree empowering them to choose whether or not Medicare is enough for their medical needs. If they deem Medicare as insufficient owing to their specific needs like frequent admission to the hospital or higher cost of some medical procedures that they need on a regular basis, they can then decide to secure Medigap insurance as a supplemental policy.
There are multiple private companies that offer Medicare supplement insurance policies but all prospective Medigap policy owners should note that strict legislation limits the types of plans available to all insurance owners. This means that the government has already pre-identified specific plans with specific coverage and private insurance companies are compelled to only offer policies within the defined list. This makes your job as a potential insurance owner easy because you can be confident that a Plan A offer from one company has the same coverage as the Plan A offer from another company. What remains to be done is to check the difference in pricing for each plan offer; naturally, you would want to go for the lower-priced insurance policy that offers the same coverage since this can lead to more substantial savings on a monthly basis.
It helps to read reviews from other retirees online and then talk to state health personnel from your area who can help you identify which plans are more advantageous in meeting your needs. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Medigap insurance; simply check with others to see what they have to say about certain companies so you know which ones are the better options and which ones are well-worth avoiding.
Are you ready to get your supplemental Medigap insurance? Do your homework accordingly so you can be confident in the decision that you make for your long-term medical care.
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