Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plans: What's the Difference?
Most Medicare experts agree: Original Medicare, combined with Rhode Island Medicare supplemental insurance, provides the best health coverage Rhode Island seniors can get. But, which supplement is the right one for you?
This is a complicated question. After all, we're all different and have different needs. For most of us, it boils down to what we can afford and our health. Although there are 10 standardized plans, most seniors choose one of three plans: F, G, and N. Keep reading and we'll explain why.
Top 10 Medicare Supplement Plans in Rhode Island
Looking for the best Plan F, G or N available to Rhode Island seniors?
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan F
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan G
- 10 Best Medicare Supplement Plan N
Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plan F Comparison Chart
Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most popular Medigap plan available in Rhode Island. Here are the 10 best Plan F policies available in Rhode Island based on our reviews (click for details):
Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plan G Comparison Chart
Medicare Supplement Plan G is rapidly gaining popularity among Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island based on our reviews (click for details):
Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plan N Comparison Chart
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 Rhode Island seniors. Here are the 10 best Medigap Plan N policies available in Rhode Island based on our reviews (click for details):
Best Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plans Reviews
We review all major Medicare Supplement insurance carriers servicing Medigap policies in Rhode Island. 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 Rhode Island is 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.
How Much do Supplemental Medicare Plans Cost in Rhode Island?
To get an accurate rate on Medicare Supplement plans, Rhode Island agents will ask for your address, age, sex, and use of tobacco products. The rates we list are samples based on a 65-year-old, non-smoking woman, and include applicable household discounts. Use our rates for comparison purposes only. Call 1-855-266-4865 to get quote.
Medicare Supplement Plans in Rhode Island are Standardized
The Rhode Island 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 fills the gaps in Original Medicare coverage.
Each Medicare supplement insurance policy sold in Rhode Island offers the basic benefits of Plan A. All other lettered plans after A feature additional levels of coverage. This allows you to choose the amount of liability coverage you need.
Each insurance company decides which policies it wants to sell, although state laws might affect which ones they offer. Insurance companies that sell Medicare supplemental insurance:
- Are not required to offer every Medigap plan
- Must offer Medigap Plan A (basic benefits)
- Must also offer Plan C or Plan F
For more information, visit the Rhode Island Department of Insurance website at http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/.
Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Plan Comparison Chart
The following chart offers a quick look at the benefits provided by each standardized plan.
|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.
You Have Questions About Medicare Supplements And We Have Answers
We get it. Figuring out which Rhode Island Medigap plan is right for you is difficult. Here are a few of the most frequent questions we answer.
Medicare Supplement premiums vary per person. Premiums are based on things like age, gender, zip code, and more. We offer a free quote service to help you find the best Medicare Supplement in Rhode Island for your needs.
Here's a list of top carriers by cost in Rhode Island:
- Globe Life
- United American
- Mutual of Omaha
- Colonial Penn
Unlike Medicare Advantage, there isn't an annual open enrollment period for Medicare Supplement plans. But, in many areas, you only have one chance to apply for a Rhode Island Medigap plan without having to answer any health questions. You can learn more here.
Still have questions about Medicare Supplement Insurance in Rhode Island?
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- What are Medicare Supplement Plans?
- Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison Chart
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- Are Medicare Supplement Plans Worth it?
- Medicare Supplement Plans for Disabled Under 65
- Can I Change Medicare Supplement Plans Anytime?
- Medicare Supplement vs Advantage Plans
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 Rhode Island 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:
- (401) 462-0510
Additional Foot Notes
 Sample premium is for a 65 year old, non smoking, woman living in Rhode Island. The rate was accurate on date of publication. Rates change frequently and they are priced by county. You must contact a licensed agent to get a current rate for your situation.
 Review rating stars are derived from MedicareWire reviews on our Medigap Plan pages.