Medicare supplemental insurance, also known as Medigap policies, are sold by private insurance companies to help you cover the out-of-pocket costs left behind by Medicare.
When you have a supplemental medical insurance, Medicare pays up to its limit on your medical expenses. Then, your Medicare Supplement insurance plan starts to help with covering costs up to the plans limit. That limit usually covers what Medicare didn’t, however, that will depend on which policy you select.
Original Medicare only covers 80% of your Part B expenses. The other 20% comes out of your pocket if you do not have a Medicare Supplement policy also referred to as Medigap. If you were to have a lengthy stay in a hospital or expensive treatments at outpatient facilities, you can see how that could add up.
Medicare Supplements pay that 20% for you.
Things that are not covered by Original Medicare on your Medicare Supplement:
Routine dental, vision, and hearing exams
Eyeglasses or contacts
Long-term care or custodial care
Retail prescription drugs
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Plans that are highlighted in green above are the 3 most popular plans that clients choose when selecting a Medigap/Medicare Supplement plan.