What Is Medigap Plan L?
Medigap Plan L is a Medicare Supplement plan that helps cover costs not included under Original Medicare’s Part A and Part B coverage. Original Medicare covers up to 80% of hospital and medical bills. Plan L helps fill some of the coverage gaps a person may have.
Medicare Supplement Plan L is a standardized plan. That means that the coverage provided remains the same across all insurance carriers that offer Medigap Plan L. No matter which insurance provider you choose, the coverage is the same from one to the next.
Medicare Plan L coverage helps provide 100% of Part A coinsurance. It provides only 75% of other benefits. In 2023, it has an out-of-pocket limit of $3,470.
Medicare Plan L Vs Plan K
Like Plan L, Medicare Plan K provides additional coverage where Part A and Part B Medicare stop. Both are Medigap plans. Unlike other types of Medicare Supplement Plans, these two are the only ones with an out-of-pocket limit.
Medicare Plan L has an out-of-pocket limit of $3,470. Medicare Plan K has an out-of-pocket limit of $6,940. Another big difference between the two is how much is covered. Plan K provides 50% coverage for other medical needs, whereas Medicare Plan L provides 75% of coverage.
Medicare Supplement Plan L Benefits Include:
Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs (100%)
75% of Part A deductible
75% of Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment
75% of blood for the first three pints and 100% after the first three pints
75% of skilled nursing care coinsurance
75% Part B coinsurance or copayment
What Medigap Plan L Does Not Cover?
Medicare Plan L coverage does have some limitations. It does not cover Part B deductibles or excess charges. In addition to this, it does not cover foreign travel emergencies.Medicare Plan L does not provide outpatient retail prescription coverage or offer coverage for dental, hearing and vision care.
How Does Medicare Plan L Compare To Other Plans?
Medigap Plan L offers the same coverage benefits as Plan K, for the most part, but bumps up the amount of coverage from 50% (in Part K) to 75%. It also has a smaller out-of-pocket limit of $3,470.
When comparing Plan L to Plans M and N, you may notice a few additional differences. These plans do not have out-of-pocket limits. Additionally, Plan M pays 50% of Part A deductibles, and Part M and N pay 80% of foreign healthcare costs when traveling.
Who Is Eligible For Medicare Plan L?
To obtain any Medicare Supplement plan, you must first have Original Medicare. That means you need to first qualify to enroll in Medicare. If you have not signed up yet, you can learn how to apply for Medicare as a first step.You may be eligible for Medicare at age 65. If you do not decide to enroll when first eligible, you can sign up during the General Enrollment Period each year from Jan. 1 to March 31. Discover how and when you can defer Medicare enrollment and avoid late enrollment penalties and coverage gaps.
Medigap Open Enrollment Period
It’s often best to sign up for Medicare during your initial six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. If you apply for a Medigap policy outside this time, medical underwriting may deny coverage or may charge you more. However, applying for a Medigap policy during the first six months you have Medicare Part B gives you a guaranteed issue right. Thus, you can buy any Medigap policy available to you for the same price as people with good health.
How Can Senior Healthcare Direct Help You?
Let the experts at Senior Healthcare Direct support you in choosing the right supplement plan for your needs. We can help explain all of the complexities in Medicare and help you choose the right plan based on your circumstances
Shop For Medigap Plan L Coverage
Learn how to save on your Medicare Supplement Plan L coverage. Medigap Plan L carriers offer the same Medicare Supplement plan benefits. However, carriers may offer Medicare Plan L coverage at different prices. Senior Healthcare Direct can shop carriers for you so you get the most cost-effective price. Call 1-833-463-3262 to speak with a licensed agent