Medicare Supplement plans in Idaho are a way to help Medicare beneficiaries cover the gaps left in their Medicare coverage. Private insurance companies sell these plans, which are also known as Medigap policies.
To get Medicare benefits, you have to sign up for Social Security through the federal Medicare program. Medicare has four parts:
- Part A (inpatient costs)
- Part B (outpatient/medical)
- Part C (Advantage Plans)
- Part D (prescription drug coverage)
Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B are known as Original Medicare. Medicare Supplement plans in Idaho only work with Original Medicare.
What are the best Medicare Supplement Plans in Idaho?
The best Medicare Supplement plan in Idaho is different for each individual. Here’s how the top five compare.
1. Best for full coverage: Plan F
- Plan F covers Part A and Part B deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and Part B excess charges
- Higher premiums for extensive coverage
- Only available to beneficiaries whose Medicare eligibility date is before Jan. 1, 2020
2. Best comprehensive coverage: Plan G
- Plan G covers everything except Part B deductible
- Less expensive than Plan F
- Offers the most coverage for seniors eligible for Medicare after Jan. 1, 2020
3. Best value: Plan N
- Plan N offers lower premiums in exchange for more cost-sharing
- $20 office copayment
- $50 ER copayment (copay waived if you’re admitted)
- Covers Part B coinsurance after copay is met
- Covers Part A deductible
- Does not cover Part B excess charges
When Can I Enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan?
Unlike with a Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan, a Medicare Supplement insurance plan in Idaho doesn’t have an annual enrollment period. The optimal time to enroll is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period.
The OEP is a six-month time period when you:
- Have turned 65 and
- Are enrolled in Medicare Part B
During open enrollment, you have guaranteed issue rights. This means the Medicare insurance company can’t do the following:
- Deny you coverage
- Charge you more based on health history or pre-existing conditions
- Require medical underwriting
There are a few other times when you can enroll in a Medicare Supplement insurance plan in Idaho and have guaranteed issue rights. Our agents can provide more information on these situations.
The effective date of your policy is 30 days after you enroll.
What is the Cost of a Medicare Supplement Plan in Idaho?
The cost of a Medigap insurance plan in Idaho varies based on age, where you live, and the amount of coverage needed. Here’s a comparison for a 65-year-old, nonsmoking female living in Boise zip code 83701.
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Who sells Medigap Plans in Idaho?
Many carriers sell Medigap insurance in Idaho, but these three rank at the top for quality and excellence:
- Aetna: A rating, 168 years experience, 12-month rate lock
- Cigna: A rating, 229 years experience, household discounts
- Mutual of Omaha: A+ rating, 112 years experience, offers Medicare Part D plans
Ready to learn more?
My Medigap Plans is a rapidly growing resource for Medicare beneficiaries. We specialize in educating consumers on their options and guiding them through the process of plan selection. We work closely with some of the nations top rated carriers such as Aetna, Cigna and Mutual of Omaha. Compare our list of the 10 Best Medicare Supplement Insurance Companies or take a deeper look at the plans by reviewing our Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison Chart. Learn more or about Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans, or request a Medicare Supplement Plan Quote.
Idaho Medicare Resources
Idaho Enrollment Statistics
- The five largest counties in Idaho are Ada County, Canyon County, Kootenai County, Bonneville County and Bannock County.
- In 2018, more than 200,000 Idaho residents signed up for Original Medicare insurance. Approximately half of those beneficiaries also enrolled in Medicare Supplement plans or Medicare Advantage.
- In 2018, just over 74,000 beneficiaries signed up for Medicare Supplement insurance plans in Idaho. That reflects an increase from under 68,000 Idaho Medigap beneficiaries in 2015.