Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage
“What’s the differences between Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage?”
Questions like this are the reason I do what I do. You need to know what your options are in Maine when you turn age 65 and enroll in Medicare – and there are a lot of options!
There are many differences between Medicare Supplement plans or Medigap as they are called in the Medicare literature.
One difference between Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans is that Medicare Advantage contracts operate on a calendar year basis and can have changes from year to year just like the health insurance plan you had prior to Medicare. Medicare Supplement policies are standardized and are the same year after year.
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Another difference is the cost. Medicare Advantage Plans generally have much lower monthly premiums (sometimes $0, yes you read that right – zero!) While Medigap plans can be much higher, often in the $200/month range.
With Medicare Advantage plans you are required to share in your medical costs by paying co-pays as you use the plans. These plans operate very similar to the Medical insurance you may have had before you retired if you had an HMO or a PPO plan on the Healthcare marketplace (Obamacare) or with an employer. Most Medigap plans have no or few out of pocket costs but they cost much more up front.
This is why most people turning 65 choose to meet with someone like myself who has the knowledge and experience with the different plans and can help you decide which plan is best for you. Choosing between these two types of Medicare insurance plans is just the first step.
Once you’d decided on Medigap or Medicare Advantage then you much choose which Medigap plan or which Medicare Advantage plan best fits your needs. You may also need to pick a separate Part D prescription drug plan if the plan you choose does not include drug coverage.
Also, the best plan for you may not always be the best plan for your spouse so you with have to do the same research for both of you. For more information you can click here to compare the Medicare Advantage plans & drug plans in your area. You can also schedule a meeting with an agent at the bottom of this page.
And if you have a question that needs to be answered right away, just give me a call. My number is (207) 370-0143 or call toll free 866-976-9038.
Want to know more?
If you would like help comparing your needs against the many Medicare plans out there or if you just want to ask a few questions, you can call me directly at 207-370-0143 or use my simple form on the CONTACT page of this site to send an email message.
The best part about working with me is that it will not cost you anything to talk with me to discuss your options and review the plans that are available. I am paid by the insurance companies in the form of a commission when you enroll in a plan. You will not pay anything to meet with me and you will pay the same price for your insurance that everyone pays whether they had my help or not.
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