Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State

Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State is becoming increasingly popular with Washington seniors.

Medicare Supplement Plan G covers medical expenses not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).

Original Medicare, the Federal Medicare Program, generally pays 80% of the approved amount, and the remaining 20 percent becomes out-of-pocket expenses.

There is no cap on out-of-pocket costs, so everyone needs the extra coverage.

Once enrolled in Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State, you can keep that plan as long as you pay the monthly premium without interruption.

Enrollment Statistics

  • In 2020, 1,398,832 Washingtonians were enrolled in Medicare
  • 20 insurers offer Medicare Supplement Plans in Washington, and 12 Medicare Supplement Plans are available in 2023
  • As of July 2020, 511,514 Washington Medicare Enrollees had Medicare Advantage Plans (33%)
  • As of 2018, 301,349 people in Washington had Medigap coverage

Medicare Supplement Plan G Benefits

Original Medicare pays for a lot when it comes to your healthcare. On top of the Medicare-approved amounts covered by the Federal Medicare program in the United States, you can enjoy having these additional Medicare benefits covered if you sign up for Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State.

Plan G will cover:

· Initial pints of blood

· Medicare Part A deductible

· Medicare Part A hospital costs

· Part A expenses

· Part A hospice care coinsurance

· Skilled nursing facility care

Benefits also pay these Medicare Part B costs:

· Charges over the amount Medicare allows – “Part B Excess Charges”

· Durable medical equipment

· Foreign travel emergency care (lifetime plan limits apply)

· Medicare Part B coinsurance and copays

Be advised that Medigap Plan G will not cover the Part B deductible in Washington State.

What is the Monthly Premium for Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State?

The average monthly premium for Medicare Supplement Plan G in Washington State is $129.00

Plan typePremium Range
Plan F$180.00 – $300.00
Plan G $117.00 – $220.00
Plan N$90.00 – $200.00
Premiums are based on Medicare Part B start date and or Medical underwriting.

There are three ways most insurance agencies use to set their Medicare Plan G rates:

  1. Community Rated: Same price for everyone regardless of age
  2. Issue-Age Rated: Premiums are based on the age at the time of purchase, but no increase with aging
  3. Attained-Age-Rated: Premiums based on age at the time of purchase and increasing with advancing age

By Washington State law, premiums must be calculated on the Community Rating plan.

When can I enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan G?

In Washington State, Medicare beneficiaries have an advantage with enrollment. State law mandates that anyone 65 or over with Medicare Part A and Part B can purchase a Medigap Plan G with guaranteed issue rights.

The usual enrollment seasons are as follows:

The best time to enroll in Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G in Washington State is during your six-month Initial Enrollment Period. Then, beginning on the first day of the month you turn 65 and extending six months, you can enroll in any Medigap Plan G you choose.

Insurance companies cannot turn you down, charge more for a pre-existing condition, or require you to fill out a medical questionnaire (underwriting) during this time period.

An Open Enrollment Period happens every year from October 15 to December 7. This is intended to allow Medicare recipients to switch between Original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan or buy a Part D Prescription Drug Plan. It is not for people to enroll in a Medigap Plan G policy.

An Annual Election Period takes place yearly from January 1 to March 31. This time aims to enroll people in Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

If you are still working and have comparable insurance coverage through an employer, you can sign up for Medicare Plan G within 63 days of stopping work or losing your insurance plan.

Suppose your insurance discontinues your policy, or the insurance company moves out of your service area. In that case, you are generally allowed to choose a new Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage plan without penalty.

Next Steps

We specialize in guiding Medicare beneficiaries through their Medicare insurance options. We work with some of the nation’s top-rated Medigap carriers so that you can be sure you’re getting the best possible service. Take a deeper look at the plans by reviewing our Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison Chart. Additionally, you can give us a call today to learn more or request a quote online.

Article Resources:

Mark Prip

For more than two decades, Mark Prip at My Medigap Plans has been an authority figure in the insurance industry and continues to uphold a mission to provide customers with comprehensive information about Medicare, life, and dental coverage. In addition, his expertise is unmatched - having helped thousands of Medicare beneficiaries choose suitable healthcare plans for themselves - making him stand out above competitors.