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Posted 04/19/2023 in Medicare Supplement Plans

Medigap in Missouri

Medigap in Missouri

Medigap in Missouri

You can enroll in a Medigap plan or, if you already have Original Medicare, Parts A and B, and live in Missouri. 

We understand that choosing the right Medigap plan can be difficult. That's why the  Certified Medicare Agents website offers free consultations with one of our experienced Medigap specialists. 

Let us learn more about what Medigap is and how it works.

What are Medigap plans?

Medigap plans are health insurance plans that cover some of the costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover. They are also known as "Medicare supplement insurance" plans. If you purchased supplement insurance in Missouri, Medicare pays its share of your medical expenses first. Then, the Medigap plan pays its share.

Medicare has gaps, such as copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance. If you use benefits prescribed by a doctor, you must pay deductibles and copayments unless you have insurance to cover them. 

Private insurance companies offer standardized Medigap plans. This means that all programs of the same type provide the same vital benefits.

Depending on the type of Medigap plan you have, your share may be nothing. 

You can choose any supplement plan in Missouri if the insurance company offers it.

How Medigap plans work:

  • You must get the Original Medicare Part A and B to enroll in a Medigap plan.
  • Your Medigap policy helps you pay for some of your costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. 
  • You will pay a monthly premium for your Medicare supplement plan and your Part B premium.
  • Some Medigap plans offer additional coverage for certain services that Original Medicare doesn't cover, such as foreign travel emergency care.
  • You can consult any doctor or other healthcare provider who accepts Medicare patients, regardless of whether they officially accept your Medigap policy. (They must take all Medigap policies if they accept the original Medicare policy.) 

Beneficiaries who move to another state can keep their current Medigap plans. The benefits remain the same, but the premium may increase or decrease depending on your state. If you want to move to another state, contact your carrier to update the address if you can change your plan to the new state. 

Plans A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N are the ten standard Medicare supplements. However, the most popular Medicare health insurance plans are Medigap Plan F, Plan G, and Plan N, which we'll discuss in this article. 

Choosing the right Medigap Plan

When choosing the right plan, consider your budget and healthcare needs. Here are some of the things to consider when comparing Medigap plans: 

  • Every Medigap policy must comply with the federal and state laws that protect you. In most states, insurance companies can only sell you a "standardized" policy identified by letters. 
  • You should compare financial strength ratings and how often premiums rise. 
  • Some states sell "innovative" or "extra" plans that include additional benefits, such as vision and hearing, in their programs. 

Benefits of enrolling in a Medigap plan

  • Broad-range access to healthcare providers
  • Protection against high out-of-pocket costs 
  • Coverage for pre-existing conditions if you are accepted. 

Type of Medigap Plans

Medigap Plan F:

Plan F covers the Medicare Part B deductible, which Plan G doesn't. If you had Medicare Part A or B before January 1, 2020, you can still get a Plan F. 

Medicare Supplement Plan F covers most out-of-pocket costs associated with all Medicare supplement plans. 

In other words, if you have a Plan F, you won't have any copays or deductibles. If Medicare covers it, you'll be covered at 100%.  

Medigap Plan G:

Plan G is currently the most popular plan for people who have just started using Medicare. It is a popular and comprehensive alternative to Plan F. It covers everything Plan F covers except the Part B deductible. 

Plan G covers additional Medicare Part B charges. You will not have copays for Medicare-approved expenses after you pay your deductible. In 2023, that deductible is $226. 


  • Medicare Part A hospital and coinsurance costs, and up to 365 additional days after Medicare benefits run out.
  • Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance
  • Part A hospice care copayment or coinsurance
  • First three pints of blood
  • Part A deductible for hospital stays
  • Medicare Part B excess charges
  • Foreign travel emergency coverage (80%, up to plan limits)

Medigap Plan N:

Medigap N plan costs less, offers less than plans F and G, and offers higher benefits than plans A, B, K, L, and M. With plan N, you don't pay a copay when you're hospitalized. Plus, you don't have to pay if you need blood. There are also no other payments or coinsurance for hospice care. And no copayments or coinsurance for skilled nursing.

Benefits of Plan N

  • Pay a $20 copay to see a doctor. 
  • You will pay the deductible of Part B
  • You'll pay any excess doctor's fees because Plan N does not cover them.
  • No copay for a hospital stay, and if you need emergency care, you spend $50. 

When to enroll in the Missouri Medigap plan?

Before signing up for Medicare Supplements insurance in Missouri, you must enroll in Original Medicare first.

  • Medigap Open Enrollment Period: Your open registration period lasts six months, starting on the first day of the month you turn 65. You can buy any Medigap policy during your open enrollment period without having medical underwriting.
  • Outside Open Enrollment Period: You can enroll and buy a Missouri Medigap plan outside of your open enrollment period. However, insurance companies can use your health to make their decisions. You may not be able to get insurance coverage, or you may pay higher rates. 
  • Special Enrollment Period: Here are the specific situations in which you are allowed to register outside your OEP: 

*Your group plan ends, as well as your employer's plan. 

*You want to return to your original Medicare within one year from the date you FIRST enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan after switching from Medigap. 

*You have a Medicare Advantage plan but are leaving the service area. 

Making Changes to your Medigap Plan using the Missouri Anniversary Rule:

If you already have a Medigap Plan, you have the right to change insurance companies every year for 30 days before or after the anniversary of your policy (the date your policy first began). 

Suppose you switch to the same-lettered plan, from Plan F with the company XYZ to Plan F with insurance company ABC. In that case, the new insurer cannot deny you insurance coverage or impose a waiting period due to existing conditions. 

If you switch to a plan with fewer benefits, such as from Plan F to Plan C, you may or may not be subject to underwriting if the insurance company takes your health into account. Not all insurers allow you to switch to a plan with fewer benefits. 

If you opt for a more comprehensive plan (further up the benefit scale, for example, from Plan C to Plan F), you will likely be subject to underwriting and could be denied coverage. In addition, the insurance company could set a waiting period for your new plan's new benefits based on a pre-existing condition. 

As soon as you have received the new policy and are sure that it meets your needs, you should cancel the old one. 

Source: https://insurance.mo.gov/seniors/documents/2019MedigapBook.pdf3

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How to enroll for a Medigap plan in Missouri 

To get adequate coverage, it's imperative to find the Medicare supplement plan in Missouri that best suits your needs. Contact your nearest Medicare agent to determine which Medicare supplement plan fits your needs. 

Are you ready to enroll in a Medigap plan? Use the Medicare Agents Directory, and we'll help you find a professional medicare agent to make it as easy as possible to decide which personal insurance best suits your needs.

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