Can I get a Medigap Plan F or has it Gone Away?
As of January 1, 2020 the highly prized Plan F will be a thing of the past. It's being phased out as a cost-saving measure by the government. However, if you get a Plan F in Iowa now you can keep it. There are many opinions about how eliminating Plan F will save money. The general consensus is that seniors will go to the doctor less often if they have to pay out-of-pocket.
Join a Iowa Medicare Part D Plan for Rx Coverage
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 Iowa.
Iowa Medicare Supplements are Regulated by Law
The Iowa Department of Insurance and the federal government passed laws that require insurance carriers to standardize Medicare Supplemental 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 Iowa 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 Iowa Department of Insurance website at http://www.iid.state.ia.us/.
Just a friendly remainder that Medicare does not cover routine dental care. We have a complete catalog of Iowa dental insurance for seniors.
Looking for Assistance?
There are numerous insurance counseling resources available to Medicare beneficiaries. One of the best in Iowa 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:
- 1-800-351-4664; TTY 1-800-735-2942 (TTY available in state only)
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