Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) Plan F is the most popular Medigap plan, with 55 percent of Medigap beneficiaries enrolled in Plan F in 2016.1
But how much does Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F cost?
The average premium for Medicare Supplement Plan F was $169.14 per month in 2018.2
Learn more about the average cost of Medigap Plan F in each state in 2018, and find out if the benefits of Plan F work for your health coverage needs.
The chart below shows the average cost of Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F for each state in 2018.2
Plan F was less expensive in Iowa, New Mexico and South Carolina in 2018, and more expensive in New York, Connecticut and North Dakota. Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have different Medigap plan standards.
from least expensive (1) to most expensive (45)
|District of Columbia||No data available||N/A|
|Massachusetts||No data available||N/A|
|Rhode Island||No data available||N/A|
|Vermont||No data available||N/A|
|Wisconsin||No data available||N/A|
Note: Plan cost data was not available for Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.
Plan F also offers a high-deductible option. With this Medigap plan option, you typically pay a lower premium in exchange for a higher deductible.
The average premium for high deductible Plan F in 2018 was $57.16 per month, or roughly one-third of the average monthly cost of the traditional Plan F.2
In 2019, high-deductible Plan F offers an annual deductible of $2,300, meaning you are responsible for paying the first $2,300 worth of covered expenses before the plan’s coverage begins.
The average cost of Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F — or any Medigap plan for that matter — can be influenced by a number of factors.
Other factors such as age, gender, smoking status and health can also affect Medigap plan rates.
The true cost of a Medigap plan is not limited to just the monthly premium. You may also want to consider how much you will end up spending on out-of-pocket Medicare costs over the course of the year that your Medigap plan doesn’t cover.
One potential benefit of choosing Plan F is that it covers many out-of-pocket Medicare costs.
The chart below shows how Plan F compares with of other types of Medigap plans.
|Medicare Supplement Benefits||A||B||C||D||F1||G||K2||L3||M||N4|
|Part A co-insurance and hospital costs||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Part B co-insurance or co-payment||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||50%||75%||✓||✓|
|First 3 pints of blood||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||50%||75%||✓||✓|
|Part A hospice care co-insurance or co-payment||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||50%||75%||✓||✓|
|Co-insurance for skilled nursing facility||✓||✓||✓||✓||50%||75%||✓||✓|
|Medicare Part A deductible||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||50%||75%||50%||✓|
|Medicare Part B deductible||✓||✓|
|Medicare Part B excess charges||✓||✓|
|Foreign travel emergency||80%||80%||80%||80%||80%||80%|
|1. Plan F offers a high-deductible plan. This plan requires you to pay a $2,300 deductible in 2019 before it covers anything.
2. Plan K has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $5,560 in 2019. After you pay the out-of-pocket yearly limit and yearly Part B deductible, it pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.
3. Plan L has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $2,780 in 2019. After you pay the out-of-pocket yearly limit and yearly Part B deductible, it pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the calendar year.
4. Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except 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 an inpatient admission.
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Some Medicare beneficiaries commonly ask, “Is Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F ending?”
The answer is that Plan F, as well as Plan C, are not ending. Because of a new federal law, Plan F and Plan C won’t be available for Medicare beneficiaries who became eligible on or after January 1, 2020.
If you already have Plan C or Plan F before 2020, you will be able to keep your plan. If you become eligible for Medicare before 2020, you may still be able to buy either Plan C or Plan F after January 1, 2020, if either is available where you live.
A licensed insurance agent can help you explore the Medicare Supplement Plan F options that may be available in your area, including the average cost of your Medigap plan options.
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