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 Texas 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 Texas Medicare Part D Plan for Rx Coverage
In years past supplemental plans were allowed to offer prescription coverage. Not anymore. Today, supplements must be in lock-step with Original Medicare. If Medicare doesn't cover it, then supplemental insurance can't cover the gap. That means the only way to get help with prescriptions is through a Texas Medicare Part D plan.
Texas has Standardized Medicare Supplements
The Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas Department of Insurance website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/.
Just a friendly remainder that Medicare does not cover routine dental care. We have a complete catalog of Texas dental insurance for seniors.
Looking for Assistance?
There are numerous insurance counseling resources available to Medicare beneficiaries. One of the best in Texas 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:
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