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What to Know About North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
Residents of North Dakota who are looking at the prospect of blowing out 65 candles on the birthday cake will soon discover the joys of retirement and the intricacies of Medicare Insurance plans. One of these intricacies is the “gap” between what’s covered by Medicare Parts A and B and what is not. These “gaps” can include things such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. There is some good news though. Filling some of the health care “gaps” is easier than you may think with the purchase of a North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance plan. Also referred to as Medigap, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans can help to curb some of the out-of-pocket costs. Medigap is available from private insurance companies throughout the state of North Dakota.
As of 2020, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans will no longer sell Medigap Plans C or F to newly eligible Medicare members. Congress has decided that new Medigap plans will no longer be allowed to cover the Part B deductible after January 1, 2020. This will only affect Medicare Supplement Plans C and F as these are the only Medigap plans that cover the Part B deductible. Anyone enrolled in a Medigap Plan C or F as of December 31, 2019, will be grandfathered and will be able to continue to use their plan as long as they want.
North Dakota residents looking for a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan should start by looking at their specific coverage needs to determine what Medigap plan to consider.
Most Popular Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans in North Dakota
The government-approved Medicare Supplement Insurance plans help protect consumers in most states, including North Dakota. The statistics below offer a view of the most popular Medigap Supplement plans selected by North Dakota residents. All insurance companies that sell Medigap plans offer the same basic benefits, but those plans may come at different prices depending upon your location and the insurance carrier. Each insurer in North Dakota may not offer each of the available Medicare Supplement Insurance plans.
As reported by AHIP, 55,343 North Dakota beneficiaries enrolled in a Medigap policy in 2019.Below is the breakdown of the number of North Dakota enrollees by Medigap plan type.
Source: AHIP. Reflects data through December, 2019.
Source: AHIP. Reflects data through December, 2019.
While a Medigap policy will help pay for things like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles not covered by Medicare Parts A and B, it is important to note that your North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance plan will not cover benefits for prescription drugs. However, you can purchase an additional Medicare Prescription Drug plan in order to receive prescription drug coverage. Another option is to consider a North Dakota Medicare Advantage plan, which typically includes prescription drug coverage and may also include other benefits, such as dental, vision, hearing and gym memberships.
Learn more about your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan options in North Dakota by working with a SelectQuote licensed sales agent. Acting as your advocate, our licensed sales agents can guide you through the Medicare maze to help you better understand Medigap plan options and answer any questions you might have throughout the process. SelectQuote individually shops more than 20 national insurance companies to help you compare Medicare plans in North Dakota.
North Dakota residents cannot be enrolled in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance plan and a Medicare Advantage plan at the same time. A Medigap plan cannot also be used to pay for any expenses for a Medicare Advantage plan.
North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Enrollment Period
Initial enrollment timeframes are very important. Enrollment for Medicare Supplement Insurance plans in North Dakota begins the first day of the month you turn 65 years old. You can make important changes as early as 64 and 6 months of age. Therefore, it’s beneficial for residents in North Dakota to enroll as soon as they are eligible. Additionally, you must be enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B before enrolling in a Medigap plan.
North Dakota residents have six months to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan. North Dakota residents under the age of 65 can check with the Social Security Administration office for additional enrollment periods.
The best time to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is during the initial 6 months you are eligible for Medicare. During this important six-month period, companies that offer Medicare Supplement Insurance plans cannot use underwriting. In other words, during this window your acceptance is guaranteed. However, if you apply for a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan outside of this 6-month timeframe, you will be subject to a physical exam. If you apply for Medigap coverage after the first six months of eligibility, a company can refuse to sell you a plan or premiums may also adjust depending on current health status and pre-existing health conditions.
Is a North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Right for You?
Talking with a SelectQuote agent is a great way to ensure you’re getting all the available Medicare benefits you deserve. SelectQuote licensed sales agents can also help you stay up to date with annual updates to Medicare plans made by insurance companies. As a trusted independent third-party company who specializing in helping consumers understand the ins and outs of Medicare, SelectQuote can help you find the right North Dakota Medicare Supplement Insurance plan for your needs.
To ensure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to receive, call or complete your online form today. Let SelectQuote’s personal licensed sales agents simplify the Medicare maze by comparing rates and independently shopping insurance companies to help you find an affordable option that meets your unique needs.