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What are the Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans in Missouri?
Missouri residents looking to fill in some of the “gaps” of Medicare Parts A and B, such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, may want to consider purchasing a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan. Also called Medigap, a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is a smart way to curb some of the gaps. You can purchase a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan in Missouri through private insurance companies throughout the state.
Residents of the Show Me State have 8 Medigap or Medicare Supplement plans from which to choose. These include basic benefits from Plans A, B, D, G, K, L, M and N. Medigap Plans C, E, F, H, I and J are no longer available to those who are newly eligible to Medicare but enrollees of these plans are grandfathered into them.
As of 2020, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans will no longer sell Medigap Plans C or F to newly eligible Medicare members. Congress has decided that new Medigap plans will no longer be allowed to cover the Part B deductible after January 1, 2020. This will only affect Medicare Supplement Plans C and F as these are the only Medigap plans that cover the Part B deductible. Anyone enrolled in a Medigap Plan C or F as of December 31, 2019, will be grandfathered and will be able to continue to use their plan as long as they want.
Missouri residents looking for a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan need to first look at their specific coverage needs to determine what Medigap plan to consider.
Most Popular Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans in Missouri
Medigap includes the choice of 8 Medicare Supplement Insurance plans. The government-approved Insurance plans help protect consumers in most states, including Missouri. See below for an overview outlining the most popular Medigap options selected by Missouri residents. Throughout the state of Missouri, insurance companies that sell Medigap plans offer the same basic benefits. The Medicare Supplement Insurance plans may cost different prices based upon your location and the carrier. Not all Missouri insurers offer each of the available Medigap plans.
As reported by AHIP, among those who selected a Medigap policy, the majority (62.4%) choose Plan F, 19.6% choose Plan G and 6.5% choose Plan N. Below is the breakdown of the number of Missouri enrollees by Medigap plan type.
Source: AHIP. Reflects data through December 31, 2017.
Source: AHIP. Reflects data through December 31, 2017.
While a Medigap policy will help pay for things like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles not covered by Medicare Parts A and B, it is important to note that your Missouri Medicare Supplement Insurance plan will not cover benefits for prescription drugs. However, you can buy an additional Medicare Prescription Drug plan to cover prescription drug costs. You might also want to consider a Missouri Medicare Advantage plan, which typically covers prescription drugs and may also include other benefits like dental, gym memberships, vision and hearing coverage.
Learn more about your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan options in Missouri by working with a SelectQuote licensed sales agent. Acting as your advocate, our licensed sales agents can guide you through the Medicare maze to better understand Medigap plan options and answer any questions you may have throughout the process. SelectQuote individually shops more than 20 national insurance companies to help you compare Medicare plans.
Missouri residents cannot be enrolled in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance plan and a Medicare Advantage plan at the same time. A Medigap plan can also not be used to pay for any expenses for a Medicare Advantage plan.
Enrollment Periods for Missouri Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
Initial enrollment timeframes are very important. Enrollment for Medicare Supplement Insurance plans in Missouri begins the first day of the month you turn 65 years old. You also must be enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B in order to enroll in a Medigap plan.
Missouri residents have a six-month timeframe around their birth month to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan. Missouri residents under the age of 65 can check with the Social Security Administration office in Missouri for additional enrollment periods.
The best time to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is during the initial 6 months you are eligible for Medicare. Thankfully, you can enroll as early as 64 and 6 months. During this important six-month period, companies that offer Medicare Supplement Insurance plans cannot use underwriting. In other words, during this timeframe your acceptance is guaranteed. However, if you apply for Medicare Supplement Insurance outside of this 6-month timeframe, you will be subject to a physical exam. If you apply for Medigap coverage after the first six months of eligibility, a company can refuse to sell you a plan or premiums may also adjust depending on current health status and pre-existing health conditions.
Is a Missouri Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Right for You?
Contact SelectQuote today and we can help you determine if a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan in Missouri will meet your needs. Our personal licensed sales agents can help you understand your Medicare insurance options, ensure you’re getting all the available benefits you deserve and let you know about any of the annual updates made to Medicare plans by the insurance companies who provide them. SelectQuote, a trusted independent third-party company, is here to help you find the right insurance plan to meet your needs.
To ensure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to receive, call or complete your online form today. Let SelectQuote’s personal licensed sales agents simplify the Medicare maze by comparing rates and independently shopping insurance companies to help you find an affordable option that meets your unique needs.