Medigap Plan K

Plan K is similar to Plan B in scope but only covers 50% of the coverage up to the 2019 Plan K Out-of-Pocket Limit of $5560 which then pays 100%. Medigap Plan K offers lower premiums than other Medigap Plans.

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Maybe you’ve heard some information about Medigap Plan K from friends and family but what exactly are Plan K anyway & how does it fit within Medicare Insurance benefits? We consolidated and simplified all the important details for you by answering common questions to help you save time, money and energy!

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What is Medigap Plan K?

Plan K is similar in scope to Plan B in terms of the benefit line items that are covered but unlike Plan B which covers 100% of the costs, Plan K only covers 50% of the costs and 100% of Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs (up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefits are used). This means lower premiums for policyholder but higher out of pocket costs. Medigap K Plan includes half the Skilled Nursing Care Coverage compared to other plans. Eventually Plan K will cover 100% coverage but after the annual, out-of-pocket limit ($5560) and Medicare Part B deductible ($185) has been met first. Part K is a private insurance policy that works with Original Medicare (Part A & B) not Medicare Advantage.

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What does Medigap Plan K cover?

Plan K covers the following services until the the annual deductible is met;

  • 100% Medicare Part A Coinsurance.
  • 50% Medicare Part B Coinsurance.
  • 50% First Three (3) Pints of Blood.
  • 50% Part A Hospice Coinsurance.
  • 50% Skilled Nursing Facility Care Coinsurance.
  • 50% Part A Deductible.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), standardized all Medigap Plans which must adhere to the following guidelines;

  • Must cover costs for both Original Medicare Part A & Part B.
  • Must reflect statutory changes in Medicare.
  • Cannot deny preexisting conditions after a policy has been active for 6-months.
  • Must include a 30-day look back period.

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What does Medigap Plan K not cover?

Medicare Supplement Plan K does NOT cover;

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How do I compare Medigap Plan K?

Comparing Medigap policies can be confusing and time consuming when vetting multiple carriers. It takes more than reading a 2019 Medigap PDF Guide to get the Medicare FAQs! Simplify the process by speaking with a Bridge Agent who can answer your questions & run all your Medigap comparisons for you at no cost!

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Is Medigap Plan K worth buying?

Plan K is not the most popular plan among seniors since it doesn’t offer as much comprehensive coverage compared to Most Popular Medigap Plans in 2019. We recommend speaking with a Bridge Agent to review your options and get a comparison quote to fit your needs. In order to review your Medicare Options and get a comparison quote, consult with a dedicated, Bridge Agent standing-by to help serve you!

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How much does Medigap Plan K cost in 2019?

As with all Medigap Plans, since they are federally standardized the only differentiating factor is based on the price you pay. Since Medigap plans vary in price, availability and carrier. Contact a Bridge Agent for a hassle-free quote!

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What is the Medigap Plan K deductible for 2020?

Plan K deductible for 2020 is $4960, or a $600 cost decrease from 2019. Contact a Bridge Insurance Agent to get a free Medicare Supplement comparison quote.

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How do I enroll in Medigap Plan K?

Enrolling in Plan K is pretty straightforward. Once you have enrolled in Original Medicare, you can contact a Bridge Agent to find plans in your service area.

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How does Medigap Plan K compare with Part C Medicare Advantage (MA)?

Plan K may offer more comprehensive coverage when paired with Original Medicare & a Part D drug plan. In comparison, Plan K is only a supplemental health insurance plan unlike Medicare Advantage (Part C) which is an “all encompassing health plan”. For example, Part C may contain a drug plan within it called MA-PD vs. PDPwhich is a stand alone drug plan. Comparing Medigap vs Medicare Advantage Plans can be difficult going at it alone. After all, they are similar in that both are considered private health plans but you cannot be enrolled in both Original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage at the same time. Read about comparing Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage.

But wait…although, Medicare Advantage Plans are appealing based on price, they can also come with a few Medicare pitfalls that may have you reconsider the real “advantage”. For example;

  1. Prices have been historically unstable.
  2. Your coverage will change annually.
  3. You could be locked-in without the future option for a Medigap Plan
  4. You’re responsible for out-of-network, Physician costs.
  5. No coverage beyond your service area.
  6. Must use in-network providers.
  7. No travel coverage.
  8. May need a referral to see a specilist.

Additionally, If you have a MA plan & diagnosed with a critical illness such as cancer, heart attack or stroke, costs for treatment if the hospital is out-of-network may not be covered in your plan. The max out-of-pocket only applies to covered services and could require a specialist referral. People with MA plans, think they have more coverage than they actually do unlike Medigap plans, which is considered more comprehensive senior health coverage plan.

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How does Medigap Plan K work with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage?

Since Plan K is compatible with Original Medicare, enrollees who choose this plan will also need to enroll separately in a Part D drug plan. Enrollees have a guaranteed eligibility for a Part D plan when they enroll in Plan D (on-time). It’s best to avoid the Part D Enrollment Penalty by enrolling during your initial enrollment period (also known as, IEP). Did you know that drugs administered in a Hospital setting are generally covered under your Medicare Part A? For more information on enrollments, visit the Medicare Enrollment Periods page.

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How does Dental, Vision & Hearing Insurance (DVH) work with Medigap Plan K?

Good news! Plan K is compatible with DVH plans however since they are considered standalone plans, DVH’s would need to be purchased separately. By working with a Bridge Agent, we can help you find an affordable DVH insurance plan to fit your needs.

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How does Medigap Plan K work with a Critical Illness Insurance for cancer, heart-attack & stroke coverage (CHAS)?

Plan K is compatible with CHAS insurance / cancer plans however since they are considered standalone plans, they would need to be purchased separately. By working with a Bridge Agent, we can help you find an CHAS and/or affordable critical illness insurance plans to fit your needs.

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How does Medigap Plan K work with a Long Term Care Insurance (LTC)?

Medigap Plan K is compatible with LTC plans however, since they are considered standalone plans, they would need to be purchased separately. There is talk about developing a new Medigap plan to include LTC coverage. By working with a Bridge Agent, we can help you find an affordable LTC insurance plan to fit your needs(LTC).

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How does Plan K work with a Health Savings Account (HSA)?

As with all Medigap Plans, Medigap Plan K is not considered a qualified expense to pay out of your Health Savings Account (HSA). However, your HSA can pay for Medicare Parts A, B, C & D. Once enrolled in Medicare, enrollees are no longer able to contribute to their Health Savings Account. However, the funds can be used to pay for qualified Medicare costs stated above. If one postpones Medicare enrollment they may still contribute to their Health Savings but enrolling late will also be subject to a Medicare Late Enrollment Penalty which is a percentage increase of costs per year. Speak with your Financial Advisor to determine what works best for you!

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In Conclusion

Plan K is similar to Plan B in scope except it only covers 50% of the costs which lowers the premium. The only exception is that Plan K covers 100% of Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs. After the annual out-of-pocket limit is met, Plan K pays 100% of the benefits for the remainder of the calendar year. Plan K is private Medicare Insurance that “supplements” Original Medicare. The cost of Plan K is dependent upon carrier & availability. All carriers who sell Plan F must adhere to standardized federal guidelines. Comparing Medigap Policies can be confusing and time consuming! If you would like to speak with a licensed Bridge Agent about Plan F options, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation, comparison quote today!

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