Medicare Supplement Plan N, like other Medigap plans, covers out-of-pocket costs for those eligible for Medicare, primarily adults over the age of 65.
Original Medicare consists of Medicare Part A and B.
- Medicare Part A: Broadly referred to as hospital insurance, Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, and some home health care.
- Medicare Part B: Covers certain health care providers’ services, a portion of emergency care, outpatient care, medical supplies, preventive service, and other medical expenses.
Medicare supplement plans, also known as Medigap policies, reduce costs by covering additional expenses outside of this basic coverage.
Our licensed insurance agents at Policy Guide have the tools and knowledge to help you determine if Medigap Plan N is the right fit for you. We can also discuss Medicare eligibility so you can plan ahead when you are ready to purchase additional Medicare coverage.
What is Medicare Supplement Plan N?
To help pay for medical services outside of the basic Medicare benefits covered by the Federal Government, beneficiaries in most states can choose from as many as 10 different Medigap policies.
These health insurance plans are sold by private insurance companies. Medigap Plan N offers the same coverage in all states except Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.
Part N saves you money by charging lower monthly premiums. However, you’ll be responsible to pay $20 for some doctor’s visits and $50 for an emergency room visit.
Another benefit of choosing a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is freedom of choice when looking for a healthcare provider. With a Medicare Plan N policy, you don’t have to worry about staying within a health insurance network when you need care.
What does Medicare Plan N cover?
Medicare Supplement Part N covers the cost of the following:
- Medicare Part A coinsurance hospital costs up to an additional 365 days after Medicare beneficiaries are used up
- Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment
- First three pints of blood
- Part A hospice care coinsurance
- Skilled nursing facility care insurance
- Medicare Part A deductible
- Medicare Part B deductible
- Medicare Part B excess charges
- Foreign travel emergency (up to 80 percent)
The key difference in Medicare Supplement Plan N compared with other Medigap plans:
- Part N pays 100 percent of the Part B coinsurance
- You will be responsible 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.
How much does Medicare Plan N cost?
Monthly premiums vary from state to state and among zip codes in the same state.
For example, for a 65-year-old female, nonsmoker Part N monthly premiums average:
- $104.48 in the 77450 zip code in Houston with a range of $86.30 to $144.75 per month
- $216.12 in the 33311 zip code in Fort Lauderdale with a range of $173.27-$269.52 per month
When can I enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan N plan?
You can enroll in Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan N after you have signed up for the federal Medicare program Plan A and B. The best time to sign up for a Medigap plan is during your sixth-month Medigap open enrollment period, which starts on the first day of the month in which you meet both of the following criteria:
- Age 65 or older
- Enrolled in Medicare Part B
We recommend taking advantage of the open enrollment period because insurance carriers can’t reject your application based on your health condition or pre-existing health conditions.
After that time, insurance companies can use medical underwriting when reviewing your application and factor in your health conditions.
Sometimes you may qualify for a special enrollment period if:
- You retire
- Your insurance company goes out of business
- You move to another zip code
What is the difference between Medicare Plan N and Plan G?
Medicare Supplement Plans N and G are similar in their features. The main differences center on copayments and Part B excess charges.
Under Part N, you will cover a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to a $50 copayment for emergency room visits if you are not admitted as an inpatient. Plan G doesn’t charge these fees.
Part B excess charges refer to what’s leftover after a healthcare provider bills for services. Doctors who don’t accept Medicare as full payment for certain services may charge up to 15 percent more for that service than the Medicare-approved amount.
Plan G covers Part B excess charges.
Because Plan G’s coverage is slightly broader, it is slightly more expensive than Plan N.
Plan N FAQ:
Will My Rate Ever Change?
Insurance carriers conduct annual reviews of the Medigap plans they offer, and they have the option to raise Medicare Supplement Plan N rates based on the increased cost of care, inflation or other economic factors. It is important to have a good relationship with an agent you trust because we can continue to assess your rate from year to year to make sure you still get the best deal.
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