Shop 2018 Virginia Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance plans. Our trained local Richmond, VA agents will compare Medicare supplement plans in Virginia with all top companies to find you affordable monthly premiums. We will review the Medigap coverage plan benefits, monthly premiums to assure you’re buying the best Virginia Medicare Supplement insurance plan for your medical needs and budget.
Virginia Medicare supplement (medigap) insurance plan benefits are standardize and are set by the federal government. Each insurance company can then select what plan benefit structures they want to offer. That means no matter what insurance company you elect to enroll with the basic benefits are the same. Medicare Supplement insurance plans help cover costs not included in Original Medicare coverage. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) provides coverage for many hospital and medical services, but don’t cover all cost. With Original Medicare you’re usually still responsible for cost-sharing expenses like deductibles and copayments. Expenses with Original Medicare for out-of-pocket cost can add up quickly for beneficiaries with health issues. A Medicare supplement insurance plan is designed to work alongside your Original Medicare Part A & Part B coverage to cover the cost not covered.
A Medigap insurance plan and a Medicare supplement insurance plan are one in the same. The plans are just referred to by two different names. So when you see the word Medigap insurance plan it is the same thing as a Medicare supplement insurance plan.
: You have a choice of plans to meet your needs and budget.
: There are no provider network restrictions, so you’re able to keep your doctor. You can go to any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
: You’re covered anywhere in the U.S. when you travel.
: You may see any specialists who accepts Medicare patients without a referral.
: Medigap insurance policies are guaranteed renewable. That means the insurance company can’t cancel your Medigap plan even if you have health problems as long as you pay the premium.
There are 10 Medigap insurance plans to select from in Virginia. Please see the available plans chart below.
Two of the most popular supplement plans are Medicare Plan F and Medicare Plan G. Medigap Plan G is a plan often overlooked for the more popular Plan F. Plan G is very similar to Plan F and is less expensive in most cases. According to 2014 Medicare enrollment data Plan F enrollment was almost 10 times that of Plan G even though the 2 plans are almost identical. The only benefit that Plan F includes that Plan G does not for 2018 is the $183 annual deductible for Part B. If the Plan F premium is just $16 higher than the Plan G premium than Plan G is a better deal. The Plan F premium can differ by as much as $30 when compared to Plan G in Virginia. If you pay $30 more a month for Plan F instead of enrolling in Plan G you will pay an extra $360 a year for only extra $183 in coverage.
Medicare Supplement Plan F covers 100% of Part A and Part B that is not covered by Orginal Medicare. This plan covers 100% of all hospital bills and 100% of doctor visits. This plan is the only Medicare Supplement Plan that offers 100% coverage for all services.
Medicare Supplement Plan G is the plan we most often recommend. Plan G covers 100% of Part A (Hospital) expenses and only has a $183 deductible for Part B (Doctors). Your saving in premium for Plan G usually covers as stated above the $183 deductible that’s covered on Plan F.
Plans F and G are the only Medicare Supplement insurance plans that cover costs known as Medicare Part B excess charges. An excess charge is the difference between what a doctor or provider charges and the amount Medicare will pay.
You’re generally eligible to enroll in a Medicare Supplement insurance plan once you’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. Most often the best time to enroll in Medicare Supplement insurance plan is during your 6 month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This enrollment period is for one time that starts automatically you’re 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B. During this 6 month period you’re guaranteed insurance coverage and can’t be turned down due to pre-existing health conditions. The insurance company can’t increase your premiums or require medical underwriting. You can apply for a Medicare supplement insurance plan outside the 6 month guaranteed issue period, but underwriting will be required.