Medicare Supplement Plan M
Medicare Supplement Plan M is one of the new supplements created by the Medicare Modernization Act. It first hit the Medicare insurance market in the summer of 2010. (Sometimes we hear people call it Medicare Part M or Medigap Part M, but the correct term is Plan M.)
Medicare Plan M provides the same basic benefits as other supplements. However, it has a slightly reduced monthly premium in exchange for your willingness to pay half of your hospital deductible and all of your annual outpatient deductible. By sharing in these deductibles as well as excess charges, you get the benefit of reduced premiums.
Plan M could be a good fit for someone who doesn’t expect to visit the hospital often and feels he can afford the occasional cost-sharing. However, it’s important to have a licensed agent who specializes in Medicare supplements to help you. He or she will evaluate the differences in premiums and make sure that the savings are worth the risk of some expenses.
|Medicare Part A coinsurance and coverage for hospital benefits||✔|
|Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment||✔|
|Blood (first three pints)||✔|
|Hospice Care coinsurance or copayment||✔|
|Skilled Nursing Facility Care coinsurance||✔|
|Medicare Part A deductible||50%|
|Medicare Part B deductible||❌|
|Medicare Part B excess charges||❌|
|Foreign Travel Emergency (up to plan limits)||✔|