Is Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) Really Worth the Cost?

Having regular Medicare may not be enough to protect yourself from large medical bills. Many people find that some sort of supplemental insurance is necessary. One option you can consider is Medicare supplement insurance. You will need to first identify exactly what your primary coverage entails, and check if this is a good option for you. Most people only have partial coverage for certain treatments, which means once those limits are met the costs are yours to cover. Having secondary coverage will help alleviate some of these expenses.

What types of coverage does Medicare supplement insurance offer?

Depending upon what you qualify for, there are a lot of expenses that can be covered. It is important to note that these plans are usually at fair prices in comparison with other insurance policies. Some people will, however, be able to get a substantially reduced rate. Finding the right coverage for your needs is important, so that you don’t go broke paying for medical care. If you have any questions regarding the process, it is in your best interest to consult with a Medicare supplemental insurance specialist.

Where can you get the answers you need?

The first thing you should do is contact your local Medicare office. They will be able to help identify what your needs are, and the available options you have. That way you can make a well informed decision about the Medicare supplement insurance you want. Having enough coverage will give you the peace of mind knowing that all your care will be covered. Be sure to match up policies so that the areas of weakness in your primary plan will be supplemented by the Medicare supplement insurance you are getting.

2 Responses to “Is Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) Really Worth the Cost?”

  1. David Stengel says:

    Hi, I’m a sceptic about needing medicare supplemental insurance. I’m healthier than 90% and willing to take some risk. Can you show me some examples? I want to see the math. We keep a large MSA account. Thanks.

    • Phil says:

      This is the fundamental question. Most of the comparison charts don’t really explain much. I would like to see a comparison of typical out-of-pocket costs for each plan under three scenarios: minimal usage (excellent health), moderate usage (minor chronic illness), and maximum usage (major medical treatment for illnesses like cancer, stroke, etc.). This shouldn’t be difficult for Medicare or insurers to do since this is the data the live and breath on. Unfortunately, it’s seems to be obscured under a raft of vague deductable percentages and coverage options.