Learn your Medicare Supplement ABCsThere are 10 Medicare Supplement plan types. Letters of the alphabet identify the various plans, and each plan represents a particular level of coverage.

Here is something you probably did not know: cost is all that separates one company’s Medicare Supplement line from another company’s. The plan details and policy benefits are identical, no matter which insurer carries the product. That is an important fact to keep in mind.

It is no wonder people are confused about Medicare. It is a complex program and a challenge to decode.YourMedicare.com wants to help ensure you understand each of the available plans. The 10 plans are A, B, C, D, F, L, K, G, M and N.

Costs not covered under Original Medicare generally fall into three categories:

  • Copayments
  • Coinsurance
  • Deductibles

Compare Medigap plans side-by-side

The chart below shows basic information about the different benefits Medigap policies cover.

Yes = the plan covers 100% of this benefit
No = the policy doesn’t cover that benefit
% = the plan covers that percentage of this benefit
N/A = not applicable

Medigap Benefits
Medigap Plans
ABCDF*GKLMN
Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefits are used upYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Part B coinsurance or copaymentYesYesYesYesYesYes50%75%YesYes***
Blood (first 3 pints)YesYesYesYesYesYes50%75%YesYes
Part A hospice care coinsurance or copaymentcopaymentYesYesYesYesYesYes50%75%YesYes
Skilled nursing facility care coinsuranceYesYesYesYesYesYes50%75%YesYes
Part A deductibleYesYesYesYesYesYes50%75%50%Yes
Part B deductibleNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Part B excess chargeNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNo NoNo
Foreign travel exchange (up to plan limits)NoNo80%80%80%80%NoNo80%80%
Out-of-pocket limit**N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$5,560$$2,2,780N/AN/A

* Plan F also offers a high-deductible plan. If you choose this option, this means you must pay for Medicare-covered costs up to the deductible amount of $2,300 before your Medigap plan pays anything.

** After you meet your out-of-pocket yearly limit and your yearly Part B deductible, the Medigap plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.

*** Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to a $50 copayment for emergency room visits that don’t result in inpatient admission.

Starting January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to new people with Medicare won’t be allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F will no longer be available to people new to Medicare starting on January 1, 2020. If you already have either of these 2 plans (or the high deductible version of Plan F) or are covered by one of these plans before January 1, 2020, you’ll be able to keep your plan. If you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, but not yet enrolled, you may be able to buy one of these plans.

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