Medicare Supplement and Why Do I Need It?

A Medicare Supplement insurance plan (also called Medigap) offers seniors coverage for out-of-pocket expenses associated with Medicare like copays and coinsurance, even deductibles. The right Medicare Supplement plan adds to Original Medicare coverage, giving you peace of mind and confidence that when you need medical care, you can get it – no questions asked. Ready to learn more? Here’s some important information about Illinois Medicare Supplement and why joining may be a smart choice.

How Does Illinois Medicare Supplement Plans Work?

Medicare Supplement insurance is a supplement to Medicare Parts A and B, meaning you’re still in the Medicare program, but have coverage for expenses that Original Medicare does not cover, like traditional out-of-pocket costs many seniors struggle with. In Illinois, there are nine plans available (A, B, C, F, High Deductible F, G, K, L, and N) each with slightly different benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to join a Medicare Supplement insurance plan, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. Medigap is guaranteed issue, meaning even with medical complications, you cannot be turned down. Plus, if you continue to pay your premium on time, your Medicare Supplement plan is renewable, even if you develop health problems.

Choosing the Best Medicare Supplement Plan in Illinois

Medicare Supplement insurance plans in Illinois are offered through private insurance companies. Plans are standardized, meaning a plan “A” offered from one company must provide the same minimum benefits as a plan “A” from another company. However, price does not need to be the same and there is great variance between companies on not only cost, but also, trustworthiness, dependability and reputation. If you’re considering your options with Medigap coverage, be sure to consider reliability and affordability as important factors in choosing a provider.