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Get help with Part A & Part B costsIf you have limited income and resources, you may be able to get help from your state to pay your premiums and other costs, like deductibles, coinsurance, and copays. Learn more about help with costs.

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If you chose Original Medicare, you may also want to buy a Medigap policy to help pay your share of costs. In most states, there are only a few Medigap standardized plans to pick from. But, there can be many insurance companies that sell policies for the same plan.

You can get a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy to help pay your remaining out-of-pocket costs (like your 20% coinsurance). Or, you can use coverage from a former employer or union, or Medicaid.

If you are enrolled in Medicare Part A and B (Original Medicare), Medigap plans can help fill the coverage gaps in Medicare Part A and Part B. Medigap plans are sold by private insurance companies and are designed to assist you with out-of-pocket costs (e.g., deductibles, copays and coinsurance) not covered by Parts A and B. These plans are available in all 50 states and can vary in premiums and enrollment eligibility. Medigap plans are standardized; however, all of the standardized plans may not be available in your area.

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) regulates Medicare Supplement policies underwritten by licensed insurance companies. The CDI assists consumers in resolving complaints and disputes concerning premium rates, claims handling, and many other problems with agents or companies. The Consumer Hotline 800-927-4357 is serviced by experienced professionals who will answer your questions, or assist you in filing a complaint.

It's best to pay by check, money order, or bank draft. Make it payable to the insurance company, not the agent. If you buy from an agent, get a receipt with the insurance company's name, address, and phone number for your records. Some companies may offer electronic funds transfer (automatic payment from checking account or credit card).

Ask for your policy to become effective when you want coverage to start. Generally, Medigap policies begin the first of the month after you apply. If, for any reason, the insurance company won't give you the effective date for the month you want, call your State Insurance Department.

Part D (Drug coverage): Helps cover the cost of prescription drugs (including many recommended shots or vaccines). You join a Medicare drug plan in addition to Original Medicare, or you get it by joining a Medicare Advantage Plan with drug coverage. Plans that offer Medicare drug coverage are run by private insurance companies that follow rules set by Medicare.

Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap): Extra insurance you can buy from a private company that helps pay your share of costs in Original Medicare. Policies are standardized, and in most states named by letters, like Plan G or Plan K. The benefits in each lettered plan are the same, no matter which insurance company sells it.

Medicare is federal health insurance for anyone age 65 and older, and some people under 65 with certain disabilities or conditions. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid offers benefits, like nursing home care, personal care services, and assistance paying for Medicare premiums and other costs.

To determine the best Medicare Supplement providers, the Forbes Health editorial team analyzed data on U.S. insurance companies that offer nationwide plans by the number of states in which they provide coverage, the number of types of plans they offer, how they ranked in terms of their financial health by agencies like A.M. Best and more. Read on to see which providers made our list.

For more than 200 years, Cigna has remained a global presence in the world of insurance. Their network of over 1.5 million relationships with health care providers, clinics and facilities allow them to provide service to more than 180 million customers in more than 30 countries. Cigna is known for its competitive rates, dependable service and additional no-cost programs it provides to its customers. Free online quotes are also available for any of the Medigap plans the company offers.

Medigap plans are purchased through a private insurance company, and you pay a monthly premium for the policy directly to the company. Medigap policies can be purchased from any insurance company licensed to sell one in your state, but available policies and prices will depend on your state. Medigap plans only cover one person, so married couples need to purchase separate policies.

Medicare Advantage plans serve as a substitute for Original Medicare, providing that same coverage plus additional benefits like prescription drugs coverage (Part D). Meanwhile, Medicare Supplement plans, or Medigap plans, are sold by private insurance companies to people enrolled in Original Medicare to help fill the gaps of that coverage.

Within each benefit period, for your first 60 days of hospital services, Medicare will cover all services after the Part A deductible cost has been reached. (You are responsible for the deductible cost unless you have a Medicare Supplement insurance plan that covers it.)

Medicare pays all eligible expenses for your first 20 days in the facility. From day 21-100, you are responsible for coinsurance, or a portion of the cost (unless you have a Medicare Supplement insurance plan that covers it).

A doctor may charge an amount for services that exceeds what Medicare covers. The charged amount that exceeds Medicare coverage is called an excess charge. Medicare limits the extra amount a doctor can charge to 15%. You are responsible for excess charges unless you have a Medicare supplement plan that covers them.

Programs and services offered at no additional cost to you, as part of a Cigna Medicare Supplement plan. Cigna Healthy Rewards and Health Information Line are just 2 examples of additional no-cost programs and savings you receive with a Cigna Medicare Supplement insurance plan.

Our company and agents are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare program. This is a solicitation for insurance. An insurance agent may contact you. Premium and benefits vary by plan selected. Plan availability varies by state. Medicare Supplement policies are underwritten by Cigna National Health Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, American Retirement Life Insurance Company or Loyal American Life Insurance Company. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own products.

This website is designed as a marketing aid and is not to be construed as a contract for insurance. It provides a brief description of the important features of the policy. Please refer to the policy for the full terms and conditions of coverage.

If you want to cancel your Medigap policy, contact your insurance company. If you drop the Medigap policy, you might not be able to get the same, or in some cases, any Medigap policy back unless you have a "trial right."

To help with these expenses and limit their exposure to catastrophic out-of-pocket costs for Medicare-covered services, a quarter of beneficiaries in traditional Medicare (25 percent) had a private, supplemental insurance policy, known as Medigap in 2015 (Figure 2). Medigap serves as a key source of supplemental coverage for people in traditional Medicare who do not have supplemental employer- or union-sponsored retiree coverage or Medicaid, because their incomes and assets are too high to qualify. Medicare beneficiaries also purchase Medigap policies to make health care costs more predictable by spreading costs over the course of the year through monthly premium payments, and to reduce the paperwork burden associated with medical bills.1

Federal law provides guaranteed issue protections for Medigap policies during a one-time, six-month Medigap open enrollment period for beneficiaries ages 65 and older when enrolling in Medicare Part B, and for certain qualifying events. These limited circumstances include instances when Medicare beneficiaries involuntarily lose supplemental coverage, such as when their Medicare Advantage plan discontinues coverage in their area, or when their employers cancel their retiree coverage. Beneficiaries who are in a Medicare Advantage plan also have federal guaranteed issue rights when they move to a new area and can no longer access coverage from their Medicare Advantage plan. In these qualifying events, people ages 65 and older in Medicare generally have 63 days to apply for a supplemental Medigap policy under these federal guaranteed issue protections.

Medical Underwriting. Insurance companies that sell Medigap policies may refuse to sell a policy to an applicant with medical conditions, except under circumstances described above. The Text Box on this page provides examples of health conditions that may lead to the denial of Medigap policies, derived from underwriting manuals/guides from multiple insurance companies selling Medigap policies. Examples of conditions listed by insurers as reasons for policy denials include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and being advised by a physician to have surgery, medical tests, treatments, or therapies.

Medigap plays a major role in providing supplemental coverage for people in traditional Medicare, particularly among those who do not have an employer-sponsored retiree plan or do not qualify for cost-sharing assistance under Medicaid. Medigap helps beneficiaries budget for out-of-pocket expenses under traditional Medicare. Medigap also limits the financial exposure that beneficiaries would otherwise face due to the absence of an out-of-pocket limit under traditional Medicare. 041b061a72


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