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Medicare Supplement Plan F Rates

Medicare Supplement Plan F Rates

Medicare Supplement Plan F rates in 2020 will increase more than normal for a number of reasons. A big reason is MACRA law.

What is MACRA?

MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This law will become effective January 1, 2020 and will change Medicare supplement plans in all states. MACRA is a federal law that will change who can buy Medigap Plans F, High F, and C. Starting in 2020, only beneficiaries of Medicare who are not newly eligible can keep Plan F, High F and C. In other words, if you are new to Medicare, you will not be eligible for Plan F, High F, and C.

New Medicare Cards

In addition, MACRA law requires the removal of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards. As a result, the new Medicare Number (sample shown below) helps to prevent identify theft and taxpayer fraud.

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New Medicare Card

MACRA is a value-based program

MACRA law reforms how health care is delivered and paid for. For example, instead of paying providers solely on the number of patients serviced (quantity), value-based programs reward health care providers with incentive payments for the quality of care they give to people on Medicare. Value-based programs provide you with better care. Consequently, this results in healthier populations and lowers the cost of health care. Get more info on value-based programs.

What are the “Newly Eligible” Medigap Plans?

People who will enroll in Medicare for the first time are “newly eligible”. You become eligible for Medicare when you turn age 65, have a qualifying disability or a terminal illness such as end-stage renal disease. In other words, if you already had Medicare Part A and B in 2019, then you are NOT considered “newly eligible” and the MACRA rules do not apply to you. People newly eligible for Medicare in 2020 have the following guaranteed issue plans: Plans D, G, and high deductible G (which is brand new!) Learn more about Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap).

Is Medicare Supplement Plan F going away in 2020?

Medigap Plan F will not be available for people “newly eligible” in 2020. However, Medicare Supplement Plan F will still be available to existing Medicare enrollees. For example, if you had Medicare Parts A and B on or before 2019, you will still have the option of enrolling in Medigap Plan F. Moreover, according to Robert Bache, owner of Senior Healthcare Direct, “We are going to see record Medicare premium rate increases for Medicare Supplement Plan F in 2020.” Watch MedicareBob’s video below for details:

When you get a big rate increase on Plan F, what can you do?

In the video above, MedicareBob says, “When you do get that increase… You do not have to keep Plan F until October. You are allowed to shop all year long!” In other words, you can shop and save on your Medicare Supplement Plan F anytime in 2020. So when you get that big rate increase on Plan F, the solution is easy. You just click the “Get Quote” button below and one of our licensed agents will give you a call. Furthermore, as MedicareBob says in the video, “Just one agent will give you a call. You are not going to be bombarded with phone calls.” Moveover, “The reason you want to speak to one of our agents is we are licensed with all the top Medicare companies. So we will help you get the most cost effective Medicare Supplement plan for 2020.”

Click the “Get Quote” button below and save money on your Medicare Supplement plan.

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Medicare Supplement Plans in Your State

Medicare Supplement Plans Nationwide

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Shop and Save on Medicare plans from anywhere in the United States

MedicareBob shares three things you should know about Medicare Supplement plans in your State.

  1. You can shop and save today. There is no December 7th deadline. Therefore, you can shop and save all year.
  2. The letter of your Medicare Supplement plan determines your coverage benefits (not the insurance carrier). Since all Medicare Supplement plans are standarized, you can shop the same letter plan anytime and save. For example, if you find a Medicare Supplement plan F that you like, you can shop plan F and save money! Whichever supplement plan you like, you can shop and save money on that plan. Standardized Medicare plans make it easy for you to shop and save. So there is no reason to overpay.
  3. Senior Healthcare Direct makes it easy to shop and save on Medicare Supplement plans. One phone call to 1-855-368-4717 gets you access to all Medicare Supplement quotes. We are available to take your call weekdays Monday – Friday from 9am to 7pm (Eastern Time). You can request a quote anytime.

In other words, each Medigap plan is exactly the same. Senior Healthcare Direct will provide you with every available price from all major Medicare insurance carriers. Click the get quote button below and start saving today!

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Videos of Medicare Supplement Plans in Your States

Watch a video to learn about the “Standardized” Medicare insurance policies in your State. These videos reference your specific State and the Medicare & You handbook you received. Watch a video by clicking your State link.

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Medicare 2020: Medicare Advantage vs. Supplement Plan, which is better?

Medicare 2020: Medicare Advantage vs. Supplement Plan

There are a number of differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plan. The Medicare 2020 chart below highlights the major differences. For easy reference, benefits are green and disadvantages are red.

Click Medicare 2020 chart to embed or download infographic

2020 Medicare Advantage vs Medicare Supplement

Medicare Advantage has a smaller, local network of providers. While Medicare Supplement network has over 800,000 providers nationwide. You must have Medicare Part B and pay $198 deductible for a Medicare Advantage plan. However, a Medicare Supplement plan pays the 20% co-insurance expense of Medicare Part B and the deductible of Part A ($1408 in 2020). Medicare Advantage has set co-payments. While Medicare Supplement covers your co-pays for hospital stays, skilled nursing facility care, hospice and home health care. Essentially, Medicare Supplement fills the holes in Medicare so you don’t have any surprise bills. That’s why it is also called Medigap. For example, when you go to the hospital, the Supplement plan pays your $1408 deductible. However, Medicare Advantage charges you around $300 per day each day for days 1-7. As a result, spending a week in the hospital with Medicare Advantage will cost you $2,100.

Referrals and Underwriting

Medicare Supplement plans have consistent benefits from year to year. On the other hand, Medicare Advantage plans may change their benefits. So you will have more homework to review upcoming Advantage plans. Medicare Supplement plan require no referrals. So you can quickly go to any doctor or hospital without a referral or prior authorization. However, HMO Advantage plan requires you to get referrals. There is no medicare underwriting requirements for Supplement plan as long as you apply within your initial 6 month enrollment period (get more details on Medicare Supplement plan). Likewise, all health conditions are accepted except End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

Premiums

Medicare Advantage plans have lower monthly premiums. However, you will pay extra every time you use your benefits by paying fixed co-payments and co-insurance. Moreover, you will continue to pay for benefits until your reach your maximum out-of-pocket limit of about $7,000. On the other hand, Medicare Supplement plans have higher monthly premiums. However, the plan pays all copays and co-insurance costs for Medicare covered services. In other words, you total out-of-pocket equals your annual premium amount. Therefore, you get a predictable monthly expense.

Prescription Drugs

Medicare Supplement require you to add Medicare Part D plan to cover prescription drugs. To avoid late enrollment penalty, you want to enroll in Medicare Part D during your initial open enrollment period October 15 – December 7. If you missed open enrollment, the new open enrollment is January 1 – March 31, 2020. Click here for details on Medicare New Enrollment 2020. Most HMO Medicare Advantage plans cover prescription drugs. Likewise, PPO and PFFS plans may also cover prescription drugs.

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