Medicare supplement plan basics

What is a Medicare Supplement Plan? It is a kind of health insurance provided by private institutions that get contracts from governments. Private institutions could be religious organizations, insurance companies, union or other kinds of private institutions.  Get a free quote at

Part C covers for all of your medical insurance (Part A) and hospital insurance (Part B) benefits, but you have to follow certain rules when opting for this plan. Medicare supplement plan can also cover additional services, that is, those that may not be covered by other plans, but an additional amount may be charged for this. Services provided by this plan include; claims & payment processing, investigating fraud, clinical enrollment and call center services. Available options are:

  • Health maintenance organization.
  • Preferred provider organization.
  • Private fee-for-service plans.
  • Special needs plans.
  • Medical savings account plans.

What are benefits and payment plans?

Some of benefits offered by Medicare supplement plan include the following;

  • Self-administered prescription drugs.
  • Dental care.
  • Vision care.
  • Annual physicals.
  • Coverage outside the United States.
  • Out of Pocket limit (OOP).
  • Health club memberships
  • Reduction in the 20% co-pays and a high rate of deductions in original Medicare.

You do not give up on any of your plans enrolling in Part C, although you will have to be restricted to a certain network of health providers within your area of residence, except in emergencies. Members of this plan have to pay their additional monthly payment to their Part B premium for several of the benefits provided them which are not provided in Part A or Part B. Different private companies offer different payment plans, some of them even include prescription drug coverage (Part D). Therefore, it is better investigate plans around and find out the one that best suits you.

Who are basics?

It is possible to apply for supplement plan if you are:

  • Already enrolled in Medicare part A or part B.
  • Near a plan’s service area.
  • Among people who are on Medicare because of disability.

You cannot apply if you have a terminal disease like permanent kidney failure.

There are certain periods you can enroll for the Medicare Part C plan. It could be;

  • Within the 7-month period that begins 3 months before attaining the age of 65, this includes the month before and 3 months after this.
  • Between October 15-December 7. Within this period you can join, switch or opt out of your current plan.

You can opt out between January 1- February 14, and return to your original plan. From this period till October 15, you won’t be allowed to.