Choosing a Medigap Insurance

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    Reggie Jue
    reggie jue
    Keymaster

    One of our members sent us this question. If you have any thoughts, please post them below. Thanks!

    Need some help in choosing a better Medigap insurance. My hubby currently has Medicare/Humana. They pay very little for his cancer doctors visits. I found out that they do not pay certain type of doctor visit. Now the doctor sends us the bill so we’re stuck with the payment. Wonder if any other Medigap insurances have the same problems. Please advise, thank you.

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    Martin Melnick
    Martin Melnick
    Participant

    All Medigap policies are standard (assuming that you are not dealing with Medicare Advantage policies. For example, all type F policies offer the same reimbursement regardless of which company you choose – even though the premiums for the same policy may differ. In my opinion, the best policy is type F which reimburses you for the co-payment for all doctor and hospital visits as well as the Medicare deductibles. The premium is about $150-$200 per month depending on age and location of residence. My experience is that Blue Shield offers this policy at the lowest cost and also give you a discount by enrolling for auto-pay or if your spouse is also covered.

    I don’t understand how you are not receiving payments unless 1) the Medigap plan requires co-payments for doctor’s visits, or 2) Medicare has denied reimbursement for the doctor’s expense, or 3) you are in Medicare Advantage and go out of network.

    My advice would be to ditch a Medicare Advantage policy if that is what you have. Then buy the best Type Medigap policy (F) and pick the insurance company with the lowest premium. Unfortunately the period for changing policies just ended foe 2018. Also, there is a disclaimer that insurance companies are not required to accept you if you are changing to a better Medigap policy.

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