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Medicare Supplement, also called Medigap, is an additional policy that covers healthcare costs and services that are not offered under Original Medicare. Essentially, these plans are there to “fill the gaps” in your Medicare coverage

Am I Eligible for Medicare Supplement?

If you are covered under Original Medicare and are not covered by any other type of health insurance—including Medicare Advantage—you are eligible for a Medicare Supplement plan.

To apply for a Medicare Supplement plan, you must already have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, which cover hospital care as well as the medical procedures and other in-patient services your doctor provides.

What Does Medigap Pay For?

Private insurance companies in each state underwrite a range of Medicare Supplement plans. Plans cover outpatient medical expenses, including co-pays, deductibles, and emergency health care services accessed outside of the United States.

Standard Medigap plans are designated as A through N, each of which covers different aspects of healthcare and may vary from state to state.

Medicare Supplement plans offer various levels of health coverage, so it is critical to speak to an agent who can help you determine the right coverage for your needs. Some of the things you need to think about are the types of healthcare services you typically access, whether you travel a lot, or if you see specialists.

What Is Not Covered Under A Medigap Plan?

Most Medigap plans do not cover prescription drugs, but policies do vary from state to state. It does not cover you for vision care, dental care, hearing care, hearing aids, or eyeglasses.