Insurance companies set Medicare Supplement premiums based on one of the three Medigap rating methods: Community Rating Method, Issue-Age Rating Method, and Attained-Age Rating Method.
Community Rating Method
Medicare Supplement premiums do not depend on age. Premiums may increase due to inflation and other factors, but not because of age.
Issue-Age Rating Method
Medigap premiums are based on your age when you buy the policy. The premium is the least expensive for younger buyers and does not change as you get older. It may increase due to inflation and other factors, but not because of age.
Attained-Age Rating Method
Medicare Supplement premiums are based on your current age. Therefore, the premium is lower for younger buyers but goes up as you get older. This type of premium is the least expensive at first, but can eventually become the most costly. Also, the premium may increase due to inflation and other factors.
Most of the carriers use an attained-age rating method. On the comparison between issue-age and attained-age rating methods, there are two things to consider:
- People voting for the issue-age method emphasize that there are NO automatic age increases as they grow older.
- However, for younger individuals, the premium is higher for issue-age method than in attained-age method. Those who prefer the attained-age method assert that it takes 10 to 15 years before the issue-age plan become cheaper than the attained-age plan.
Overall, all Medigap plans will increase their premiums over time. Companies with extensive medical underwriting rules (more and in-depth health questions) typically have either a smaller premium increase or even premium decrease.
- Many companies provide a discount factor for married couples. The typical number is 7 percent.
- Some companies provide the same premium for men and women. This practice results in a more competitive rate for man and a less competitive rate for a woman.
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