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March 11, 2024


Medicare Supplement plans, also known as Medigap, are private health insurance plans designed to fill the gaps in Original Medicare coverage. These plans can provide added benefits such as coverage for deductibles, coinsurance, and other out-of-pocket costs. However, it is important to understand the flexibility of these plans and the process of changing or dropping them. In this article, we will explore the options and considerations when it comes to changing or dropping your Medicare Supplement plan.

What is a Medicare Supplement?

Before we delve into the process of changing or dropping a Medicare Supplement plan, let's briefly explain what these plans are and their purpose. A Medicare Supplement plan is sold by private insurance companies and helps cover expenses, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles, that are not covered by Original Medicare. These plans are designed to work alongside Original Medicare and can provide additional benefits, depending on the plan you choose.



All Medigap plans require that you continue to pay your Part B premium and a separate premium for Medigap coverage


Some plans have deductibles.


A copayment may apply to specific services.


The percentage of coinsurance varies depending on plan.

Here are brief overviews of each Medicare Supplement plan to help you compare them easily:

  • Medigap Plan A: Offers basic coverage, including payment for the 20% not covered by Medicare for outpatient treatments. All Medicare insurance carriers must offer Plan A, but some states may not require it for those under 65 on Medicare disability.
  • Medigap Plan B: Covers everything in Plan A and also includes the Medicare Part A hospital deductible. Plan B pays after Medicare pays, not to be confused with Medicare Part B.
  • Medigap Plan C: Comprehensive coverage that includes all expenses except Medicare excess charges. This plan pays for deductibles and the typical 20% you would owe for outpatient expenses.
  • Medigap Plan D: Covers most expenses but does not pay the Part B deductible or Medicare excess charges, making it less popular. Not to be confused with Medicare Part D (drug coverage).
  • Medigap Plan F: Historically popular, covers all out-of-pocket costs for covered services, providing peace of mind for beneficiaries. There is also a high-deductible version that offers coverage after meeting a deductible. New Medicare enrollees are not able to enroll in Plan F due to its unavailability. Furthermore, both Plan C and Plan F, which cover the Part B deductible, are not accessible to those who became eligible for Medicare from the year 2020 onwards.
  • Medigap Plan G: Currently the most popular plan, Plan G covers everything like Plan F except for the Part B deductible. Often seen as a better value due to competitive premiums.
  • Medigap Plans K, L, and M: Offers partial coverage of benefits, such as Plan K covering 50% and Plan L covering 75% of most items.
  • Medigap Plan N: Introduced in 2010, offers lower premiums in exchange for copays on certain services like doctor and emergency room visits. Does not cover Medicare excess charges, but popular for its affordability.

When comparing Medicare Supplement plans, keep in mind Plan differences, coverage levels, and cost considerations, ensuring you find the best plan to suit your needs and budget.

How to Enroll

You must first enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B before joining a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan. Contact Lehigh Partners Senior Benefits for help choosing a Medicare Supplement plan and getting enrolled.

Can I Change Plans If I Don't Like the One I Selected?

If you find that the Medicare Supplement plan you selected does not meet your needs or you are dissatisfied with it, you may wonder if you can change to a different plan. The good news is that under federal law, there are certain circumstances where you can switch Medicare Supplement plans without being subjected to medical underwriting. One such opportunity is during the 6-month Medigap open enrollment period, which begins on the first day of the month in which you are both 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B. During this period, you have guaranteed issue rights, meaning insurance companies cannot deny you coverage or charge you higher premiums based on your health status. This open enrollment period is the ideal time to explore other Medicare Supplement plans and make a change if desired.

Can I Change Medigap Plans at Any Time During the Year?

While the Medigap open enrollment period offers the most flexibility to switch plans, it doesn't mean you are completely locked into your chosen plan outside of that period. Outside of the open enrollment period, changing plans may be more challenging as you may be subject to medical underwriting. Insurance companies may review your health history and could deny coverage or impose higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions. However, there are certain situations where you may be able to change plans without medical underwriting, such as if you lose your current coverage, your plan goes bankrupt, or you move out of your plan's coverage area. Understanding these limitations and enrollment periods is crucial when considering a plan change.

Can I Switch from Medicare Advantage to Medicare Supplement?

If you are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and are considering a switch to a Medicare Supplement plan, it is possible, but it may involve more complexities. You will need to disenroll from your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare before you can enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan. It is essential to carefully compare the benefits and costs of each plan, as well as understand any restrictions or eligibility requirements.

What is Medicare Supplement Standardization?

Medicare Supplement plans are standardized by the federal government, meaning that regardless of the insurance company you choose, the benefits of each standardized plan will be the same. There are ten standardized plans, labeled by letters, such as Plan A, Plan B, and so on. However, not all insurance companies offer every plan. It is important to understand this standardization when considering a plan change. If you decide to switch to a different Medicare Supplement plan, you may lose some benefits or gain additional benefits depending on the plan you choose.

All Medigap policies are standardized. This means, they offer the same basic benefits no matter where you live or which insurance company you buy the policy from. There are 10 different types of Medigap plans offered in most states, which are named by letters: A-D, F, G, and K-N. Price is the only difference between plans with the same letter that are sold by different insurance companies.

Important: In MassachusettsMinnesota, and Wisconsin, Medigap policies are standardized in a different way.

Why Should I Change My Medicare Supplement Plan?

There are various reasons why you may consider changing your Medicare Supplement plan. Your healthcare needs may have changed, such as requiring more specialized care that a different plan may offer. Additionally, changes in your financial situation, such as increasing premiums or gaps in coverage, may make it necessary to explore other plan options. It is important to carefully consider your specific circumstances and needs before making any changes. Consulting with a knowledgeable insurance professional can help guide you through the decision-making process and ensure you make an informed choice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I choose a plan?
    To choose a plan, compare the benefits and monthly premiums of each option. The most popular plans typically include Plan G, and Plan N. Once you have narrowed down your selection, you can compare the carriers that offer that specific plan. Our team can assist you in choosing the right plan for your needs.
  2. How many Medigap plans are available?
    There are 10 standardized Medigap plans along with 2 high-deductible plans. However, the availability of these plans may vary based on your specific situation and state of residence.
  3. Can I change my Medicare plans?
    You have the flexibility to change your Medigap plan at any time during the year. However, if you are outside of your Medigap Open Enrollment window, you may be required to answer health questions and could potentially be denied coverage based on your health conditions. Some states have exceptions to this rule.
  4. How much do Medigap plans cost?
    The cost of a Medigap plan is determined by various factors including your zip code, age, gender, and tobacco use. As a result, the premium for a Medigap plan in your area may differ from those in other states.
  5. What happens if my plan is phased out?
    Plan C and Plan F have been phased out for new Medicare enrollees after January 1, 2020. However, individuals who are currently enrolled in a Plan C or Plan F policy are allowed to keep their existing policy.


Understanding the options and implications of changing or dropping your Medicare Supplement plan is important when it comes to meeting your healthcare needs. While there are certain periods where changing plans is more straightforward, it is possible to make changes outside of those periods with careful consideration. Whether you are considering a switch to a different Medicare Supplement plan or a transition to Medicare Advantage, it is crucial to review your options, weigh the benefits and costs, and understand any limitations or eligibility requirements. Seeking guidance from a qualified insurance professional can provide valuable insights and help you make the right decision for your healthcare coverage.

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