What to Ask About Medigap
When you are speaking to insurance representatives about Medigap policies, here are some questions to keep in mind:
- Am I enrolling while I am in my open enrollment period? If not, do I have a guaranteed issue right?
- What is the Medigap policy’s monthly premium?
- Is this premium based on my:
- Health status
- Marital status
Or anything else?
- Are the premiums:
- No-age-rated (community-rated), meaning everyone in my area pays the same premium regardless of their age?
- Issue-age-rated, meaning the premium is based on how old I was when I bought the policy?
- Attained-age-rated, meaning the premium increases based on my age?
- Will the company refuse to sell me a Medigap based on my health status?
- Does the policy impose a pre-existing condition waiting period?
- How long is the waiting period before my coverage begins?
- Do I have prior creditable coverage to reduce my waiting period?
- If you do not have the right to buy a Medigap, ask the insurance representative how much extra you will be charged for purchasing one.
- If you are under 65, make sure the company you are considering sells to individuals under 65.
- Remember to keep track of who you spoke with, when you spoke with them, and the outcome of the call.
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