Alabama Medicare Supplement Plans
Alabama Medicare Supplement plans are standardized and have been standardized by the Federal government since 1992. Medicare supplement plans are also known as Medigap plans. Residents of Alabama are eligible for Medicare Supplement Plans plan at any time of the year. However, it is beneficial to enroll during your Medicare Supplement open enrollment period.
Alabama has 43 different Companies that offer Medicare Supplement plans to Alabama residents with Original Medicare (Part A & B). Note: according to the Department of insurance.
Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment Period
People are granted a six-month window, when they turn 65 and/or enroll in Medicare Part B. Insurers can’t medically underwrite to determine eligibility or premiums. Medicare recipients due to disability for people under 65 do not have the same protection according to Federal rules.
Most States have adopted rules to ensure at least some access to a Medicare Supplement plan for enrollees under the age of 65. In Alabama, Medicare beneficiaries who are under 65 can apply for a Medigap plan, but coverage is not guaranteed issue and insurers can use medical underwriting to determine whether to issue a policy and at what price.
Here is a List of States that Have adopted a rule for Medicare beneficiaries:
The good news: there are two companies that offer guarantee issue Medicare Supplemental plans to people under 65 on Original Medicare and within the 6 months of them receiving Part B
A person who has Medicare prior to age 65 as a result of a disability does qualify for an open enrollment period, when they turn 65, during which they can select any Medicare Supplement plan, guaranteed issue, from any insurer offering plans in their area.
People under age 65 who are eligible for Medicare also have the option of enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, unless they have end-stage renal disease (in that case, the insurer can reject the application).
Most Popular Alabama Medicare Supplement Plans
Medicare Supplement Plans F and G are some of the most popular because of their coverage. Plan F covers all deductibles and coinsurance that is left over by Original Medicare. However, as of January 1, 2020 no new Medicare enrollees will have access to Medicare Supplement Plan F, F* or C. If you were born in 1954 or earlier, you are still be able to enroll. This means Medicare Supplement Plan G will likely overtake Plan F as the most Popular supplement. Plan G covers all deductibles and coinsurance left over by Original Medicare except Part B’s deductible.
Warning: The most popular does not mean the correct choice for you. Plan N should be looked at as well as a plan that most agents will never talk about. It is Plan G*. Agents get paid based on the premium. Normally the higher the premium the agent gets paid more.
See what the differences are in Plan N and Plan G* to see if one of these may be right for you.
How does one Shop for a Medicare Supplement plan in Alabama?
When shopping for a Medicare Supplement plan in Alabama you must remember that all Medicare Supplement plans became standardized in 1992. A Plan G is a Plan G when it covers you Part A and B services. According to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid a Plan can Differ on Premium a lot, but the plans are the same. We like to say there really are two differences in General.
- What you pay for the plan
- What insurance carriers name is on the card.
This may seem easy, but there is still a lot of information that goes into those two statements. Our agents have saved people well over $400 a year and sometimes over $1,000 a year by going with a different carrier. Here is the WARNING: Some carriers do not have stable rates on their Medicare Supplements. You can buy low and get large increases down the road. When looking at going to a carrier you should look at the Stability of Rates.
Every carrier has a different philosophy on how they price their Medicare Supplements. Some come into the market really low buying the Market. Others may come in a bit higher as a way to keep the low-cost buyers out at first. We see some that come in a little higher but have tougher Medical underwriting. These are just three of the many different strategies that Medicare Supplement Carriers may use to different themselves from others and affects what you may pay now and down the road.
Alabama Medicare Advantage (Part C)
All Alabama Medicare Advantage plans must also follow the same rules set by Medicare. All Medicare Advantage plans must cover the same things that Parts A & B do, but differently. They also offer additional coverage that Original Medicare does not. An example would be covering an annual physical. Original Medicare only cover an annual Wellness visit.
All Medicare Advantage plans are contracts with Medicare and an Alabama Medicare Beneficiary on one of these plans is still in Medicare. All right and protections are still given. Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Grade all plans each year on a 5 Star rating.
How does one qualify for a Medicare Advantage in Alabama?
- You must legally reside in the Medicare Advantage Plans service area. This is by county.
- The Medicare Beneficiary must have Part A and B. (Continue to pay Part B premium)
You can only enroll in these plans during certain times of the year.
Alabama has approximately 45 different Medicare Advantage insurance carriers, and the number of Medicare Advantage plans to enroll in varies by county. A person shopping for a Medicare Advantage plan should look up their exact prescription using the retail pharmacy they would use a long with checking all their Doctors.
NOTE: Starting in 2019, there’s a Medicare Advantage open enrollment period (January 1 to March 31) during which people who are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans can switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan or drop their Medicare Advantage plan and enroll in Original Medicare instead. People who have Original Medicare can switch to Medicare Advantage during the annual open enrollment period in the fall (October 15 to December 7), with coverage effective January 1.
Medicare Part D
Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement plan do not cover outpatient prescription drugs. Medicare beneficiaries can get prescription coverage in a Medicare Advantage plan, an employer-sponsored plan (offered by a current or former employer), or a stand-alone Part D plan.
Part D was introduced by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement Act of 2003. These plans are administered by private insurance companies, all Part D plans are approved and have contracts with Medicare. These plans will vary in the drugs they cover as well as cost. All of these plans are graded by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid annually, based on a 5-star rating.
Medicare Part D beneficiaries typically pay a monthly premium, annual deductible and per-prescription cost-sharing.
It is important to shop for these plans every year as they change. When shopping you should have the exact prescription you use (as the prescription reads), and what pharmacies you use or would use.
We have seen people save over $8,000 dollars for the year by shopping.
How We Can Help
Our licensed Alabama Medicare Plans insurance Brokers are available to help you at no charge to you. We pride ourselves on assisting you finding a plan that fits your needs and wants. Because Medicare Supplement plans are required by law to offer standardized coverage, the only difference will be price. We will shop your policy and find you a plan that is Stable.
Medicare Advantage plans are not standardized but some plans offer coverage with no additional costs.
Contact us for free assistance.