UPDATE: MEDIGAP PLAN F IS GOING AWAY?
Research shows that roughly 50% choose plan F because of first dollar coverage (meaning it pays for everything that Medicare does not cover at doctors and hospitals) or in other words – no co-pays, coinsurance, or even deductibles. But this kind of coverage may not be an option by 2020?
Unless there are some new laws put into place before then, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (passed in April 2015) has placed a sort of “ fix” on Dr. reimbursement rates in years to come. What is little known is that by 2020, this legislation may also stop these full coverage, no deductible plans like F and C Medigap policies.
Historically when a plan is phased out, most existing plan members are grandfathered or allowed to keep their plan. What is important to know is that when there are no new people entering a plan (your Plan F – if eliminated – for example) the rates of that plan continue to skyrocket because those members continue to age and grow more unhealthy through the years. It appears this will be the fate of all Plan F policies from every company as well.
As I rarely recommend Plan F for my clients anyway, I can say that my Ohio friends and families that have associated with me have nothing to worry about. If you found this article because you realize that Plan F may not be your best option, please feel free to email, call, or even send a quote request from the View Rates button on the right. I will explain why a Plan G or a Plan N can be a much better solution.
It’s important to note that you may need to qualify medically when changing from one Medigap plan and/or company to another. Although, contrary to popular belief, there is no limitation to the time of year you can make these kinds of plan changes.
A Medigap plan F in Ohio has been a favorite Medicare health insurance choice among seniors. However, you will need to know specifics to find out which Ohio Medicare plan is the most suitable for you. While Plan F stands out as the most comprehensive, it is also the most expensive.
OHIO PLAN F – WHAT IS COVERED?
Due to the overwhelming popularity, almost all Medigap carriers in Ohio sell Plan F. No matter which company you choose to buy your plan, the details of the plan will remain the same – the price, however will not.
Costs and benefits covered by my Ohio Medicare Supplement Plan F:
Part A deductible
Part B deductible
Part B excess charges
Part B coinsurance or co-payment
Preventative care Part B coinsurance
Part A hospital and coinsurance costs up to an additional 356 days after Medicare benefits are exhausted
First three pints of blood used in an approved medical procedure (annually)
Part A hospice care copayment or coinsurance
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) coinsurance
Foreign travel emergency
Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most expansive coverage available, but it does not cover every Medicare associated cost. It should be known that all plans require you to also pay Medicare Part B premiums each month.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF PLAN F IN OHIO?
Plan F costs differ depending on the carrier.
Also, there is an additional high deductible(aka HD) Plan F option. A variation on the standard Plan F, it requires beneficiaries to pay out-of-pocket on the first $2,070 in charges, after that Plan F will kick in to pay. There is no change to the list of coverage(as listed above) under the high deductible plan; it is simply a more cost effective alternative to the standard Plan F.
There are many other Medicare Supplement plans available at lower prices, but the details of Plan F in Ohio make it a great option for those facing high out-of-pocket costs and need regular Dr’s visits.
There are various insurance firms featuring supplemental Medicare plans in Ohio. Since Medicare health insurance is actually managed by the federal government, companies right now fork out very similar benefits. This is why it is a smart idea to look at price ranges, while retaining the company’s heritage as well as average historical rate increases.