Medicare supplement plan and Medicare medical savings account (MSA)? Pt 2
Do not include prescription medications. However, you can enroll in a separate Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to pay for your drugs.
If you choose to leave your MedicareMSA plan, you can do so during the annual election period of October 15 toDecember 7 of every year. You can leave your MSA plan in certain circumstances,such as when you leave the plan’s service area.
Another way to potentially abandon your MSA plan is to enroll in a new Medicare Advantage plan at the end of theyear.
If you leave the Medicare MSA before the end of the year, you may have to return part of the initial payment to Medicare.
How does supplemental Medicare plan work?
The Medicare supplement, also called Medigap, is offered by private insurance firms to fill in “gaps” in the Medicare program sponsored by the federal government, such as co pays, co insurance and deductibles. Supplementary Medicare plans are designed to work with Medicare Part A and B. As a matter of fact, Medicare supplemental plans do not cover the medical costs associated with a health plan other than Medicare Part A and B, so they do not work for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare MSA plans.
If you are interested in a Medicare supplement plan, you may want to buy it during the Medigap open enrollment period. This is the six-month period in which you are age 65 or older and signed up for Medicare Part B. You have a Supplement right from Medicare to a “guarantee issue.” What this means is that the insurance firm cannot refuse your request due to your health status or charge you a higher premium. Medicare supplemental plans also have a renewal guarantee, which means that, in most cases, you can renew your Medicare supplement plan every year. If you cancel your Medicare supplement plan, you may not be able to receive it back.
Medicare supplemental plans are standardized and most states can have up to 10 plans labeled with alphabet letters(for instance, the Medicare G supplementary policy). Each type of plan covers the same standard services as other plans of the same label, regardless of which insurance company offers them.
Supplementary Medicare plans that sold after 2006 do not contain any prescription drugs.
In addition to paying your Medicare Part B premium, you must pay the premium for your Medicare supplement plan. The cost of Medicare supplemental plans may even vary for the same type of plan. For example, the Medicare Supplement Plan G premium may vary, depending on the company in which you purchase it. Therefore, it may be a good idea to buy the best price for the cover that meets your needs.
If you are enrolling in a Medicare supplement plan and are currently enrolled in the Medicare MSA plan, you can remove the MSA plan, return to Medicare, Part A & B and then request a Medicare supplement plan.