On this page we help consumers: Compare 2020 Medigap Plans available in South Carolina. See premiums and reviews, including Plan F, G, and N. Find the best Medicare Supplements in SC at the lowest cost available.
Top 10 Medicare Supplement Plans in South Carolina
Looking for the best Plan F, G or N available to South Carolina 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 South Carolina
Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most popular Medigap plan available in South Carolina. Here are the 10 best Plan F policies available in South Carolina based on our reviews (click for details):
10 Best Medigap Plan G Policies in South Carolina
Medicare Supplement Plan G is rapidly gaining popularity among South Carolina 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 South Carolina based on our reviews (click for details):
10 Best Medigap Plan N Policies in South Carolina
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 South Carolina seniors. Here are the 10 best Medigap Plan N policies available in South Carolina based on our reviews (click for details):
Medigap Plan Reviews
We review all major Medicare Supplement insurance carriers servicing Medigap policies in South Carolina. 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina. 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 South Carolina 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 Medicare supplement insurance policy sold in South Carolina 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 South Carolina Department of Insurance website at http://www.doi.sc.gov/.
Medicare Supplement Plan F: Is it the Best Plan in South Carolina?
Even though Medicare Plan F is the most costly, it is the overwhelming favorite. More than 50 percent of all seniors with a Medigap policy in South Carolina choose Plan F. The reason is simple. It offers complete gap coverage.
IMPORTANT: If you want the gap protection of Medicare Supplement Plan F, you must get enrolled before January 2020. Congress voted to abolish Plan F. Starting January 2020 carrier are no longer able to sell these polices.
Is the AARP Medicare Supplement the Best in South Carolina?
This is one of the most common questions we're asked. AARP Medicare Supplements, which are underwritten by United Healthcare, offer the exact same coverage as standardized plans offered by other Medigap insurance carriers. The big difference is the monthly premium.
In our experience, AARP Medigap Plans are typically more expensive than average, and is often the most expensive. However, United Healthcare has a large number of hospitals under contract, allowing them to offer Medicare SELECT policies at better rates than standard Medicare Supplements. This allows them to be very competitive on rates if you agree to use a specific hospital.
The most popular AARP Medicare Supplements are Plan F, Plan G and Plan N. The comparison chart below highlights the difference in coverage.
Medicare Supplement Plan Comparison Chart
The following Medicare Supplement Plan 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.
Medigap vs Medicare Advantage
Still wondering if a Medigap plan is right for you? Considering Medicare Advantage as an alternative? For many seniors it's a difficult decision. Here's our advice.
First, understand the difference between Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans available in South Carolina. Medicare Supplement insurance fills gaps in your Original Medicare benefits. Medicare Advantage replaces your Original Medicare benefits with managed care.
Second, if you want the most choices and flexibility, Original Medicare combined with a Medigap plan and a South Carolina Medicare Part D plan is the way to go.
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 South Carolina 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:
Additional Foot Notes
 Sample premium is for a 65 year old, non smoking, woman living in South Carolina. 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.