Medical Insurance Plans for Those Who Retired...2015 and Beyond
Medicare covers approximately 80% of eligible medical expenses and most retirees will choose to purchase a Medicare Supplement Policy (Medigap) which is designed to cover those medical expenses not covered by Medicare Parts A, B, and D.
For most retirees there is no cost for Medicare Part A. After your retirement premium costs will be significantly higher (by a factor of 5-6X) because Medicare premiums are income-based and because separate policies must be purchased for you and your spouse. Your Medicare premiums for medical and pharmacy coverage will depend on your income as reported on your IRS income tax return from two years ago. You will pay the standard premium amount plus an Income Related Monthly Adjusted Amount (IRMAA). This is more fully addressed in the Q & A section below.
After retirement your premium costs will be significantly higher and benefits and claims management for the government and private market are separate. When you are retired your medical coverage will be multifactorial and consist of the following:
About Medigap Plans
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policies are only “guaranteed issue” (not subject to medical underwriting) during the Initial or Special Enrollment Period. If you do not enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy when you are first eligible, in most states you will lose guaranteed issue rights for future Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance applications.
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy premiums can vary in cost depending upon the scope of your coverage, but are not income-based.
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Questions & Answers
Medicare Part B Coverage
Medicare Part D Coverage
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance
Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)