UPDATED Mar. 2, 2020. Medicare Supplement Plan C, also known as Medigap Plan C, is the second most comprehensive plan (after Medigap Plan F). It covers all Medicare ‘gaps’ except for Medicare Part B Excess Charges.
Like all Medigap plans, Medigap Plan C is standardized, i.e., its benefits from one insurance company are the same in comparison to any other company. However, premiums may be very different.
Not all Medicare Supplement insurance companies offer Plan C.
Is Plan C available?
Starting in 2020, Medicare Supplement vendors cannot sell NEW Medicare Supplement Plan C. Congress has decided that after January 1, 2020, the new Medigap plans are no longer be allowed to cover the Part B deductible, and it affects Plan C. Anyone enrolled in a Medigap Plan C as of 12/31/2019 can continue to use the plan (including coverage of the Part B deductible) as long as they want.
Medicare Supplement Plan C benefits include:
- Hospital Costs: Medicare Part A coinsurance and 365 additional days after Medicare benefits end.
- Medical Expenses: Medicare Part B coinsurance (typically 20% of expenses that are Medicare-approved) or copayment.
- Blood Coverage: The first 3 pints of blood per each calendar year.
- Hospice Care: Medicare Part A coinsurance/copayment.
- Skilled Nursing Medicare Part A coinsurance (20% that Medicare does not pay for nursing facilities).
- Medicare Part A Deductible (for 2020 the deductible is $1,408 for each benefit period).
- Medicare Part B Deductible (for 2020 the deductible is $198 per year).
- Foreign Travel Emergency (up to Plan Limit), consisting of Medicare coverage outside of the US.
Medicare Supplement Plan C benefits do NOT include:
- Medicare Part B Excess Charges, meaning charges from doctor’s that are above the Medicare-approved amount. It cannot exceed 15% of what Medicare pays.
When is Medicare Supplement Plan C the right choice?
Medigap Plan C is identical to the Medigap Plan F; however, it does not include Medicare Part B excess charges. In states where Excess Charges are illegal (e.g., Pennsylvania and Ohio), there is no reason to buy the more expensive Plan F, because Medicare Supplement Plan C will suffice. Since 99% of doctors accept Medicare Assignments, the need to cover Excess Charges is very small even in States where they are allowed.
Use Medicare Supplement Plan C (if available) when you are looking to save money on Medicare Supplement Plan F by dropping its Extra Charge coverage.
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