Top 10 Medicare Supplement Plans in Illinois
Looking for the best Plan F, G or N available to Illinois seniors?
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan F
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan G
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan N
10 Best Medigap Plan F Policies in Illinois
Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most popular Medigap plan available in Illinois. Here are the 10 best Plan F policies available in Illinois based on our reviews (click for details):
10 Best Medigap Plan G Policies in Illinois
Medicare Supplement Plan G is rapidly gaining popularity among Illinois seniors. With Plan F going away in 2020, it is expected to be the new gold standard. Here are the 10 best Medigap Plan G policies available in Illinois based on our reviews (click for details):
10 Best Medigap Plan N Policies in Illinois
Medicare Supplement Plan N is similar to Plan D, but covers Medicare Part B coinsurance costs differently. Due to its lower cost and good coverage, it's catching the attention of many Illinois seniors. Here are the 10 best Medigap Plan N policies available in Illinois based on our reviews (click for details):
Medigap Plan Reviews
We review all major Medicare Supplement insurance carriers servicing Medigap policies in Illinois. Our reviews are unbiased. We use a balanced formula that looks at years in business, A.M. Best financial strength rating, plans serviced, plan premiums and fees. Our current formula does not take rate increase history into account.
Our review of Medicare Supplement Plans in Illinois are based on a statewide analysis, not nationwide. We recommend consumers use our 5-star ratings as one aspect of their decision making process. It helps compare insurance carriers at-a-glance.
Medicare Supplement Rates (Premiums)
We list monthly premiums for all Medigap plans offered by Medicare Supplement carriers in Illinois. Rates are samples based on a 65 year old, non-smoking woman and include applicable household discounts. Use our rates for comparison purposes only. Your actual rate will be based on where you live, your age, sex and use of tobacco products.
Medigap Plans are Standardized Medicare Supplements
The Illinois Department of Insurance and the federal government have worked together to standardize Medicare supplemental insurance policies. Insurance companies must clearly identify plans as Medicare Supplement Insurance and each Medicare Plan must use a standardized letter code, A through N. Each lettered plan offers the same benefits, regardless of the carrier offering it. Only the rates are different.
NOTE: Medigap, Medicare Supplements and Medicare Plans are all names used interchangeably for supplemental insurance that fill the gaps in Original Medicare coverage.
Each of the lettered Medicare supplement insurance plans offer the core coverage provided by Plan A. Plans B through N have a varying range of additional coverage. This way you can choose an appropriate policy based on the amount of insurance you need.
Insurance companies are free to choose the policies they offer, although Illinois state laws might affect which ones they can offer. Carriers offering Medicare Plans:
- Don't have to offer every Medigap plan
- Must offer Medigap Plan A if they offer any Medigap policy
- Must also offer Plan C or Plan F if they offer any plan
For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Insurance website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/.
Why is Medicare Supplement Plan F Favored in Illinois?
Medicare Plan F costs more than all other Medigap plans, yet it is the most popular among Illinois seniors. In fact, more than 50% of people with supplemental coverage buy Plan F. The top reason is that it covers all gaps in Original Medicare, offering peace-of-mind and convenience.
IMPORTANT: If you need protection from high medical bills, you must buy a Medicare Supplement Plan F policy before January 1, 2020. Congress voted and supplement insurance carriers will not be able to offer these polices after December 31, 2019.
What About the AARP Medicare Supplement: Is it the Best Illinois Medigap Plan?
Best is a relative term. To be sure, AARP sell more Medicare Supplements than any other insurance carrier. That said, AARP Medigap Plans, underwritten by United Healthcare, have the same benefits and features as all other standardized supplements. The real difference is the monthly premium, how often rates increase, and the financial stability of the insurance carrier.
In our experience, AARP Medicare Supplement premiums are frequently more than competing carrier in the same area. However, in many areas UHC has a competitive advantage with their Medicare SELECT plans. Ask your agent about Medicare SELECT options in your area.
AARP sells a range of Medicare supplements, however, Plan F, Plan G and Plan N are the most popular. You can quickly see the coverage differences between these plans using the comparison chart below.
Medigap Plan Comparison Chart
The following Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison Chart offers a quick look at the benefits provided by each Medigap policies.
|Medicare Part A Coinsurance and hospital costs up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefifits are used up||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Medicare Part B Coinsurance or Copayment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes**|
|Blood (First 3 Pints)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Part A Hospice Care Coinsurance or Copayment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Skilled Nursing Facility Care Coinsurance||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||Yes||Yes|
|Medicare Part A Deductible||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50%||75%||50%||Yes|
|Medicare Part B Deductible||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Medicare Part B Excess Charges||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Foreign Travel Emergency (Up to Plan Limits)||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
* Medicare Plan F also offers a high-deductible plan. If you choose this option, this means you must pay for Medicare-covered costs up to the deductible amount of $2,240 before your Medigap plan pays anything.
** Medicare Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to $50 copayment for emergency room visits that don't result in an inpatient admission.
*** After you meet your out-of-pocket yearly limit and your yearly Part B deductible, the Medigap plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.
Medicare Supplements vs Medicare Advantage
Still wondering if a Medicare Supplement is the right way to go? Considering Medicare Advantage to cut costs? For many seniors in Illinois it's a difficult decision. Here are a couple things to consider.
First, understand the difference between Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans available in Illinois. A Medigap plan fills gaps in your Original Medicare benefits. A Medicare Advantage plan may have a similar effect, but it replaces your Original Medicare benefits with managed care, reducing your options.
Second, if you need the most choices and flexibility, Original Medicare combined with a Medicare Supplement and a Illinois Medicare Part D plan is the best coverage you can get.
Need Local Help?
The State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers. The Illinois SHIP is a grant-funded project of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). You can reach them by phone or on their website:
- 1-800-252-8966; TTY: 1-888-206-1327
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