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Medicare Eligibility Requirements & Medicare Supplement (Medigap)
In order to be eligible for Medicare, several things must be met. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. and be at least age 65, or disabled under age 65 due to any reason or having ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease). If you have worked at least 10 years total (40 quarters), you will also become eligible for Medicare Part A for free. Medicare Part B will be an additional monthly cost and has a set standard fee, although depending on your income level, this Part B Premium can vary.
Many people on Medicare will also purchase Medicare supplemental insurance (also called Medigap) coverage. This type of insurance is designed to cover some of the large gaps left by Medicare. For example, Medicare only covers 80% of most medical services under Medicare Part B. This means that most times when you go to a doctor with Medicare alone, you will have to pay 20% of the cost, and there is no maximum on what that 20% can be.
Most people are eligible for a Medicare Supplement if they are on Medicare, although depending on your health status and age, this can vary. If you are under age 65 on disability, there are no federal requirements for insurance companies to offer you Medicare supplement coverage. States have state-specific regulation on what plans are available, and to find out more, you are best to get in contact with us to see what's available for you. You can fill out our online quote form to get started today.
If you are age 65+ and on both Medicare Parts A & B, then you will be "eligible" for a Medicare Supplement Plan, although in most situations, you will have to be in good health to purchase coverage. If you are within the first 6 months of getting your Medicare Part B, you will be guaranteed coverage, if you are losing previous health insurance that is deemed "credible coverage", you can also be guaranteed coverage, and if you are in any other type of guaranteed issue situation, you will also be guaranteed coverage.
Many situations will vary from state-to-state, so it is a good idea to speak with a Medicare specialist who can answer all your questions and help you understand the various options available to you. You can call us at (800) 351-6603 to speak with a Medicare specialist, or fill out our instant online quote form to see what options are available to you.
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