Know your Medicare Supplement rightsFirst, keep in mind Medicare does not cover any Medicare Supplement policy costs. You pay a second premium for a Medicare Supplement. Furthermore, Medicare Supplement plans do not cover long-term care or nursing home care. Nor do they offer the option of so-called “voluntary” insurance add-ons such as vision, hearing and dental.

However, some Medicare Supplement insurance policies incorporate benefits not covered under Original Medicare at all, such as travel expenses a beneficiary may incur if they experience an emergency in a foreign country.

Consumers have certain rights regarding the selection of a Medicare Supplement policy. Buyers also have federal and state legal protections. For example, some states offer a Medicare Supplement product called Medicare Select. This type of policy comes with a built-in and required network of hospitals. If you buy a Medicare Select policy, you have 12 months to change your mind after the purchase and switch to a regular Medicare Supplement plan. In addition, it is illegal to sell someone a Medicare Supplement policy if you have a Medicare Savings Account Plan (MSA).

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