Medicare Supplement Plans 101

If you have Medicare Part A and Part B but still have out-of-pocket expenses, you may want to look into a Medicare Supplement plan (sometimes called Medigap) to help pay for them. Private insurance firms market Medicare Supplement plans, which help in the coverage of Medicare Part A and Part B out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles and copayments. Medicare supplement

Exactly what do Medicare Supplement Plans pay for?

This insurance is available to fill up the gaps left by Original Medicare. A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, & N are the names of the ten basic plans available to you. Plan F provides the highest level of coverage available. All Medicare Supplement plans pay for the same things that, include:
  • Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital expenses for up to an additional 365 days after Original Medicare benefits have been depleted.
  • Payment or insurance share for hospice treatment under Medicare Part A
  • Cost sharing for Medicare’s Part B
  • First three pints of plasma used in a therapeutic procedure
  • The Part A deductible is the amount you must pay yourself before Medicare starts to fund your hospital stay. Most Medicare Supplement plans cover this deductible.

What is the Function of Medicare Supplement Plans?

These plans are insurance policies that are added to Original Medicare to help pay for services that Original Medicare doesn’t. First, Medicare will pay its share of the expense for your medical treatment, followed by your Medicare Supplement plan. Let’s imagine you’re in need of a hospital stay and have Medicare Parts A and B. Medicare would cover its share, and your Medigap policy, if you have one, would pick up the tab for the remainder, to the extent that it covers such expenses. Prescription medicines are not covered by Medicare Supplement plans. You must sign up for a Medicare Part D plan in order to get coverage for prescription drugs.


In sum, Medicare Supplement plans are available to assist in filling in the gaps left by Original Medicare. There are ten common plans to pick from, so you can choose one that meets your demands and budget. Before settling on a strategy, it’s important to do some digging and evaluate options to discover the best fit.
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