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Individuals contemplating Medicare supplement coverage will have many decisions to make throughout the whole process. Uncertainties of what Medicare supplement coverage insurance is or what the difference is between Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare supplement coverage often lead to questions that can be answered by the Experts.

What is Medicare supplement coverage insurance?

Medicare supplement coverage insurance also known as Medigap or Medicare supplemental insurance is health insurance plans that are sold to Medicare beneficiaries. It provides coverage for medical expenses that are not or only partly covered by Medicare. Medicare supplement is to cover the “gap” between the costs that Medicare reimbursed and the total amount charged.

I will turn 65 on 9 Jan 2013. I have Full medical coverage from Aetna which I will retain for life and which comes from a career with the Dept. of Defense. Do I need to purchase Medicare part B in addition to other coverage?

You would need to sign up for Medicare B and A. The Aetna coverage that you have will work like Medicare supplement coverage when you qualify for Medicare. You should check if your Aetna health insurance will cover prescription drugs like the Medicare part D plan does, so that you don’t have to buy the separate part D plan.

I am 70 and my spouse is 71. I need to know what they will take from me for my spouse’s extended stay at a nursing home. Need to conserve my estate. What can Medicare do for me?

l If your spouse qualifies for Medicare and the nursing home is Medicare eligible, then Medicare will cover 100% for the first 20 days of their care. They can also pay the difference between the full cost and the actual cost for another 80 days. Medicare supplement coverage will usually pay the 80 days if the individual carries the insurance and the right policy.

What is the difference between Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare supplement coverage?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals 65 years and older and those with disabilities. Medicare is comprised of different plans. Part A is hospital insurance. Part B is optional medical insurance.

Medicaid is a health program that provides coverage for individuals with low incomes or extremely high medical bills. Medicaid includes services like care in a nursing home or home health care services.

Medicare supplement coverage (Medigap) reimburses out of pocket expenses that are not covered by Medicare. Medicare supplement coverage has 12 policies – Plans “A” through “L”.

My spouse and I are paying for a Medicare supplement plan. We are on a fixed income of a combined 1,657.00 per month. Do we qualify for any free supplement plans?

Medicare is a form of government assistance and does have some gaps in coverage. That is why paying for a Medicare supplement coverage makes senses. This coverage will help with the out of pocket expenses that Medicare does not cover. Medicare supplemental coverage is not mandatory and it considered being more like a luxury. With that being said there no government programs to assist with the cost of the Medicare supplement coverage. Medicare supplemental insurance is covered by private policies.

Getting the right kind of information about Medicare supplement coverage can help when faced with questions about Medicare supplement insurance. Experts can help answer what Medicare supplement coverage insurance is or what the difference is between Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare supplement. Get the answers fast and affordably by asking an Expert.

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