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Medicare Supplement Plans

If you’re one of the many millions of baby boomers turning 65 soon, you’re probably thinking about Medicare and Medicare Supplement Plans.  You’re likely wondering how you can possibly afford both Medicare premiums and premiums for a Medicare supplement insurance policy.  This may be even more of a worry if you’re not going to have a part-time job after you retire at age 65.

To decide if you’re going to need help to fill the gap in coverage that’s left after Medicare pays 80% of your medical bills, your first step should be to learn some basic facts about what Medicare and Medicare supplement policies cover.

Original Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage and pays for generic and brand-name prescription drugs.

What Medicare Pays For:

Original Medicare Part A is hospital coverage that pays for:

  • Inpatient hospital services
  • Skilled nursing facility care (after a hospital stay)
  • Home health care
  • Hospice Care
  • All but the first 3 pints of blood you receive per calendar year

Original Medicare Part B is medical coverage and pays for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Home health care
  • Clinical laboratory services
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Durable medical equipment and supplies
  • Preventive health care including exams, screenings and shots

Original Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage and pays for generic and brand-name prescription drugs.

What Medicare Doesn’t Pays For:

  • Medical care while traveling outside the U.S.
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Preventive care of the feet
  • Eye exams and glasses
  • Hearing exams and hearing aids
  • Custodial care
  • More than 100 days of skilled nursing home care following a hospital stay
  • Homemakers services
  • Private-duty nursing care
  • Dental cleanings, fillings, extractions and dentures

What Medicare Supplement Insurance Pays For:

According to, there are 10 standard Medicare supplement insurance plans – A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N and each offers different benefits that are set by the U.S. government.

All 10 Plans Offer These Basic Benefits:

  • Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefits are gone
  • Part B coinsurance or copayment
  • Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment
  • The first 3 pints of blood

If you choose plans F, K, L or M, you’ll share a greater portion of the costs through higher coinsurance and copayment rates.  And like Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance generally doesn’t cover long-term care, vision care, dental care, hearing aids, eyeglasses or private-duty nursing.

The Benefit Link Supplemental Insurance Plans

A B C D F* G K L M N
Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details Plan Details
Medicare Part A coinsurance and
coverage for hospital benefits
$20 copay for office visits;
$50 copay for ER
Medicare Part B coinsurance
or copayment
50% 75%
Blood (first three pints) 50% 75%
Hospice Care coinsurance or
50% 75%
Skilled Nursing Facility Care
50% 75%
Medicare Part A deductible 50% 75% 50%
Medicare Part B deductible
Medicare Part B excess charges
Foreign Travel Emergency
(up to plan limits)
* Plan F also offers a high-deductible plan. If you choose this option, this means you must pay for Medicare-covered costs up to the deductible amount of $2,240 in 2018 before your Medigap plan pays anything.

** After you meet your out-of-pocket yearly limit and your yearly Part B deductible, the Medigap plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.

*** Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to a $50 copayment for emergency room visits that don’t result in inpatient admission.

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