Medigap Plan D – Medicare Supplement
|Part A Hospital Coinsurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|365 Hospital Reserve Days||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Part B coinsurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Benefit for Blood||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Skilled Nursing Facility||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Part A deductible||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||50%||Yes|
|Part B deductible||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Part B excess||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Foreign Travel Benefit||No||No||80%||80%||80%||80%||No||No||80%||80%|
What is Medigap Plan D?
Medicare Supplement Part D is designed to cover most of the high risk gaps that are not covered by the Original Medicare Insurance. This plan also offers lower premiums than the more comprehensive plans like Plan F. Medicare Supplement Part D is one of the few Supplement Plans that has offered enrollees Preventative Care Coverage.
Medigap Part D coverage includes the Basic Benefits that include hospital coinsurance, the Medicare coinsurance for Part B, which is generally 20% of outpatient expenses, 365 additional days of hospitalization coverage, and additional blood coverage. Part D also includes skilled nursing coinsurance, the deductible for part A, and Hospice Care coinsurance. Hospice Care will be included in all Medicare Supplement plans as of 2010.
Part D does not include coverage for the Part B deductible, any excess costs for Part B, or Preventive Care. Excess costs stem from the inequity between what the doctor charges you and what Medicare will subsidize. The doctor can charge you up to 15% of the amount not covered by Medicare, and some plans will cover this amount.
Part D has typically included At Home Recovery Care as well. This service was phased out as a part of Medicare’s modernization efforts. Effective June 1, 2010 there were changes to some plans, a few plans are no longer offered, and two new plans were offered.
One of the main changes in Medicare’s effort to modernize their plan offerings was the elimination of certain benefit options. Preventive Care and At Home Recovery are being removed due to a lack of use, making Part D and Plan E identical. This is why Plan E was eliminated and Plans M and N were introduced in place of the eliminated plans.
It can be difficult to determine which plan is right for you, and not all providers offer all of the Medicare Supplement Plans. Our trained licensed sales agents can help you find the plan that best fits your needs and budget. Most insurance carriers offer a variety of plans, so our licensed sales agents can help you shop around for the best price.