Medicare Supplement Plan C is being phased out. This means that if you become eligible for Medicare on or after January 1st of 2020 (See Medicare Supplement Plan C 2020), this policy has become discontinued and not available for purchase. However, if you already have Medicare Supplement Plan C coverage there’s no reason for worry as you can typically keep your coverage. This change was introduced because the Medicare Supplement Plan C deductible for Medicare Part B is no longer being accepted.
Medigap Plan C is considered to be a relatively comprehensive policy when compared to the other nine standardized coverage options. Read moreabout the other standardized Medigap coverage options.
*Although their names are quite similar, you should note that Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan C is not synonymous with Medicare Part C.
Medicare Plan C Eligibility
Before getting into Medicare Supplement Plan C benefits, here are the general eligibility requirements for Part C:
You are at least 65 years of age and have been a US Citizen or permanent legal resident for at least five consecutive years
You are currently receiving retirement benefits
You are disabled and therefore receiving disability benefits
You have End-Stage Renal Disease
You have Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS
What does Medicare Supplement Plan C Cover?
Medicare Supplement Plan C coverage options are as follows:
Hospital coinsurance and hospital costs for Medicare Part A up to 365 days after Original Medicare benefits are used up
Hospice care coinsurance or copayments for Medicare Part A
Copayments and coinsurance for Medicare Part B
The first three pints of blood
Coinsurance for skilled nursing facility care
Deductible for Medicare Part A
Deductible for Medicare Part B
Coverage for foreign travel emergency – 80% of approved costs up to the coverage limit
What is not covered?
Medicare Part B excess charges are not covered. This extra cost comes into play if a provider wants to be paid more for their services. In such a case, the provider can bill you for excess charges, up to an additional 15% of the original cost.
Medicare Supplement Plan C Costs?
All Medigap policies are sold by private insurance carriers, so Medicare Supplement Plan C rates or premiums will be different from one carrier to another. However, because all Medigap policies are standardized, the policy is required to have identical basic benefitsno matter which carrier you choose to buy from.
Medicare Supplement Plan C copays for Medicare Part B will continue to be covered for active policyholders on or before January 1, 2020. New enrollees after this date will not be permitted to purchase this policy.