Medigap Plans Across South Dakota are Standardized
The South Dakota Department of Insurance and the federal government have worked together to standardize Medigap insurance policies. Insurance companies must clearly identify plans as Medicare Supplement Insurance and each 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.
Each of the lettered Medigap 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 South Dakota state laws might affect which ones they can offer. Carriers offering Medigap policies:
- 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 your state's Department of Insurance website at http://www.dlr.sd.gov/insurance.
Add Medicare Part D for Prescription Coverage
Medigap does not cover your prescriptions. By law, Medicare Supplement insurance must be in lock-step with Original Medicare. So, if Medicare does not cover it, a supplement policy can't cover it.
Here's the complete list of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in South Dakota.
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 Dakota 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: