Before we begin, remember you must have Original Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Part B (medical coverage) to purchase Medicare Supplement insurance. Its purpose is to help you with costs not covered by Parts A and B.
There are specific times you can buy Medicare Supplement insurance:
- Open Enrollment Period (OEP) – a one-time opportunity spanning six months. It starts the first month you are covered under Part B and you are age 65 or older. Insurers cannot deny you Medicare Supplement insurance, nor can they require you to pay more because of current or prior health issues. Check with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to discover if your state has additional OEP rights or enrollment guidelines.
- Guaranteed Renewable – a type of policy that may not be canceled by the insurance company, with the following exceptions: the policyholder makes false statements to get the coverage, does not pay premiums and/or commits fraud.
Along with paying a monthly Medicare Supplement premium to the private company providing the coverage, you will also pay a monthly Part B premium to Medicare. Check with the provider to find out where and when to send Medicare Supplement premium payments.
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