Can I get a Medigap Plan F or has it Gone Away?
In 2020 you will no longer be able to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan F in Illinois. However, if you get a Plan F policy in Illinois now you will be able to keep it. These highly valuable supplemental plans are being phased out as a cost cutting measure for the government. The theory is that seniors will stop seeing their doctor if they have to pay out-of-pocket.
Medicare Supplements Work with Medicare Part D
Supplements don't and can't cover your prescriptions. This is a change from years past. By law, supplemental insurance must cover what Original Medicare covers, and nothing more. The only exception is foreign travel coverage.
Here's the complete list of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in Illinois.
Illinois Medicare Supplements are Regulated by Law
The Illinois Department of Insurance and the federal government passed laws that require insurance carriers to standardize Medicare Supplement insurance. Plans must be identified as Medicare Supplement Insurance and plans must follow the state's standardized naming convention. Each standardized plan offers the same benefits. Only the monthly premiums, and how the premiums are calculated, may vary.
All Medicare Supplements sold in Illinois provide the same general benefits, however, some provide more gap coverage. This lets you to select the plan with the amount of insurance you want.
Each carrier markets the policies it deems best. Insurers:
- Are not required to offer every plan
- Must offer Plan A
- Must also offer Plan C or Plan F
To learn more, visit the Illinois Department of Insurance website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/.
Just a friendly remainder that Medicare does not cover routine dental care. We have a complete catalog of Illinois dental insurance for seniors.
Looking for Assistance?
There are numerous insurance counseling resources available to Medicare beneficiaries. One of the best in Illinois is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). They offer free, one-on-one counseling and assistance. You can contact them by telephone or by visiting their website:
- 1-800-252-8966; TTY: 1-888-206-1327
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