November 29, 2021
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What Is the Cost of Supplemental Health Insurance for Seniors?

The cost of supplemental health insurance for seniors depends on what you are looking for: supplemental health insurance plans designed for seniors or Medicare Supplement plans? Although they may seem similar at first glance, these plans are very different. Before we give you the cost of supplemental health insurance for seniors, let’s review the differences between these two plans.

Senior Supplements

Supplemental health insurance for seniors, which is sold by private health insurance companies, is an addition to existing healthcare coverage that’s designed specifically to meet seniors’ needs. Supplemental health insurance for seniors, which can be purchased at any time, includes coverage such as dentalvision, and hearing plans. It’s important to note that senior supplement plans are not Medicare plans.

Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap)

Medicare Supplement plans, also known as Medigap, are designed to fill the coverage “gaps” in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) benefits. Like Medicare’s “parts,” each plan offers different benefits and has a different premium amount. These plans cover healthcare expenses that Medicare doesn’t pay for such as coinsurance and deductibles. But, Medigap plans do not cover dental, vision, or any other supplemental health insurance benefits.

What Is the Cost of Supplemental Health Insurance for Seniors?

The average cost of supplemental health insurance for seniors will depend on where you live, the health insurance company, type of plan, and benefit level you select. While these amounts will vary greatly, we can still give you an idea what you may spend. These average monthly premium price can range from $150 to $200.1

How Much Do Supplemental Medicare Plans Cost?

The average cost of Medicare Supplement plans varies because health insurance companies have three ways that they price these plans:

  • Community-rated: Premiums are not rated based on your age.
  • Issue-age-rated: The monthly premium will be based on the age at which you purchased the policy.
  • Attained-age-rated: Premiums will increase with age.

Prices vary between insurance companies and regions. But, as a general reference, below is the average monthly premium ranges for 2021 individual Medigap plans in Florida:2

Medigap Plan Monthly Premium Range*
A $134-$196
B $168-$218
C $182-$249
D $185-$230
F $182-$250
F (High Deductible) $51-$91
G $167-$215
G (High Deductible) $51-$83
K $57-$116
L $116-$171
M $171-$192
N $124-$182

*Pricing varies based on location and personal health information. The above ranges are based on 2021 plans available to a 65-year-old, non-smoking woman living in Florida’s 32162 ZIP code.

Do You Really Need Medicare Supplemental Insurance?

Don’t just focus on the premium cost of a Supplemental Medicare plan. The least expensive plan may not offer all of the “gap” coverage you expect. Before deciding on a plan simply because of the average cost of supplemental Medicare insurance, make sure you are comparing the benefits each plan offers, too.

Medigap Benefits Plan A Plan B Plan C Plan D Plan F Plan G Plan K Plan L Plan M Plan N
Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to an extra 365 days after Medicare benefits are used up 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Part B coinsurance or copayment 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%***
Blood: first 3 pints 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance No No 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Part A deductible No 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 50% 100%
Part B deductible No No 100% No 100% No No No No No
Part B excess charge No No No No 100% 100% No No No No
Foreign travel exchange up to plan limits No No 80% 80% 80% 80% No No 80% 80%
Out-of-pocket limit** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $6,620 $3,310 N/A N/A
**The plan pays 100% of the costs for covered services for the calendar year after the out-of-pocket yearly limit and yearly Part B deductible has been met.

***Plan N’s Part B coinsurance is covered at 100%, except for up to $20 in copayment for some doctor’s office visits and up to $50 in copayment for emergency room visits that don’t require inpatient admission.

What Is the Best Supplemental Medicare Plan?

There’s no single supplemental health insurance plan for seniors that fits everyone. But there is most likely a plan that will fit your specific needs. HealthMarkets can make finding a plan easy. Get a quote for supplemental health insurance for seniors, at no cost to you. You can also call (800) 827-9990 to speak to a licensed insurance agent.

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We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

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To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

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© 2022 HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. All rights reserved.

To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

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