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​​Medicare Supplement Coverage - Medigap

Medicare supplement insurance, sometimes called Medigap, is private insurance that fills in the gaps left by Medicare. For instance, when you have a hospital or doctor bill, Medicare pays its approved amount first, then the supplemental insurance pays other costs, such as deductibles and copays. 

There are several different Medicare supplement plans, and each is identified by a letter. The type and amount of benefits covered by each plan determines how expensive it is. Here is a chart listing the various benefits provided by each plan:

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All insurance companies must offer the same benefits under a given plan. In other words, Medicare Supplement Plan A will have the same benefits regardless of which company sells it. However, the premium you pay for that plan may differ from one company to another. It is important to note that most Medicare supplement plans do not include dental or vision coverage.

An alternative to Original Medicare and Medicare supplement insurance is Medicare Part C or Medicare Advantage. These Medicare-approved health plans are run by private insurance companies and provide benefits for hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare provider services covered under Original Medicare Parts A and B as well as supplemental benefits that vary by plan. The insurer receives money from Medicare and may also charge you a premium in some cases, depending on the benefits covered. Medicare Advantage might require you to use certain doctors and hospitals.

Prescription drug coverage is available under Medicare Part D. Prescription drug benefits are included in some Medicare Advantage plans but otherwise must be purchased separately. 

One other important piece of information to note is that, unlike many employer or private insurance policies, you and your spouse must purchase individual policies. Your policy will not cover your spouse.

Need More Help?

Though we can’t recommend any specific plans, we may be able to help answer some questions. Visit our Consumer Services page to learn more.