MEDICARE SUPPLENT /
California Medigap plans help to fill in the gaps between what Medicare pays and what you owe. Medicare supplement plans in California are standardized by the Federal Government. California is home to 40 million Americans with 14% being seniors 65 and older. Within the senior population, there are about 70% that have as least one chronic condition. When turning the age of 65, it is important at the to look for California Medicare Supplement Plans.
California Medicare Initial Enrollment Period:
California Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for Medicare at age 65, just like everywhere else. Your initial enrollment period begins three (3) months before your birth month and lasts through three (3) months after your birth month.
During this time, residents can apply for any California Medicare Supplement that they want. You cannot be turned down for health conditions since you don’t have to answer health questions on the application.
Many people consider this the best time to enroll in a California Medigap plan. If you miss this window, you’ll likely have to answer health questions to apply. You could be turned down by other California Medicare supplement plans. However, California has a unique feature that allows you to have a second shot at applying without health questions.
California Quick Medicare Facts:
There are approximately 5.6 million individuals covered under Medicare (2015, kff.org).
There are 476,000 Medicare beneficiaries with a California Medicare Supplement Plan or “Medigap” policy (2015, AHIP.org).
The most popular California Medicare Supplement Plans are Plan F, J, and N (2015, AHIP.org).
California Medicare Supplement Plans can help fill in the gaps Medicare Parts A and B do not cover, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Seniors age 65 and older who have Original Medicare (Parts A and B) are eligible to sign up for a California Medicare Supplement Plan to help pay for some of these out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Like most states, California has ten standardized Medigap plans, each labeled with a letter from A through N. These plans have the same standardized benefits for each letter category. For example, Plan F will have the same benefits regardless of which carrier. The difference would be the carrier’s premiums. There are competitive rates and plans from multiple carriers. Steve Muehler - Insurance can assist find the most affordable plans in your area and help you apply.
See Page 11 of the attached: Link (2021 California Medicare Supplement Insurance Guide)
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