Medicare supplement means different things to different people. There are many of these kinds of policies available and it can be confusing when you get started trying to find the one that best fits your needs. In this article I’m going to give you some information about some of the most popular ones that you can buy. By the end of this article you will know exactly which type of policy is right for you.
A very popular Medicare supplement policy sold by companies is called “Medigap.” This stands for “Medicare Supplement.” It’s basically a plan designed specifically to fill in the gaps left behind by regular Medicare coverage. “Medigap” covers things like “Income related care,” “Social security,” ” Zacetto” and “certain funeral expenses.”
Another popular supplement insurance policy sold by private companies is known as “catastrophic coverage.” This is sold in combination with the “medigap” plan. Essentially, this type of plan pays out a set amount of money for emergency services like hospitalization or advanced procedures like surgery. Most people who buy this type of plan choose to do so because they want to help pay for expensive procedures that aren’t covered under their regular “medical” plans.
The last type of supplement insurance sold by private companies is called “mezzanine plans.” Like “catastrophic” coverage, these plans cover the same procedures that “catastrophic” plans do, but they cost more money. The difference between these two plans is that they cover both the “out of pocket” costs and the Medicare part b deductible. Mezzanine plans are also usually sold along with other coverage plans. One important note: You need to stay on top of the Medicare schedule to be able to take advantage of “mezzanine” plans.
Although Medicare supplement plans are standardized, there are still quite a number of variations. One thing to remember about choosing coverage is to be sure you understand exactly what is included in your coverage. Not understanding exactly which services are covered under each plan can result in increased monthly premiums and a loss of important benefits. One good way to compare your various options is to ask any questions your insurance company may have to you, or request a complete copy of your coverage from the government.
There are many things to consider when choosing the right Medicare supplement insurance policy. Supplement insurance is not mandatory, but it can help make medical care more affordable for senior citizens. The key to getting the best coverage at the best price is to compare different plans and policies. If you don’t already have Medicare, you should definitely begin shopping around for a supplemental policy today. Just don’t wait until you’re already ill to take advantage of cheaper coverage.