When it comes to choosing Medicare Supplement plan options, new-to-Medicare beneficiaries are opting for lower cost plans according to the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI).
“Medigap remains a highly popular choice but there appears to be greater interest in lower cost options,” says Jesse Slome, AAMSI’s director. During the first six months of 2022, 38% opted for Medigap Plan N. Just over half (51%) selected Plan G coverage. Nearly 6% enrolled in a High Deductible Plan G (HDG) plan.
The Association’s report examining 2021 new enrollees reported that 36.5% went with Plan N, 55% selected Plan G, and 6.7% High Deductible Plan G. AAMSI worked with MedicareFAQ to obtain data.
“I expect the trend to lower-cost options will continue for two reasons,” Slome says. “First, consumers are being bombarded with Medicare-focused television ads touting free coverage and benefits making it harder to sell coverage that costs. Second, saving money is always a winner with many seniors who live on fixed or limited budgets.”
A Chicago-area female turning 65 can expect to pay $117 monthly for Plan G from a popular Medigap insurer, Slome found. The same insurer offers Plan N for $86-per-month, amounting to a $372 annual savings. A Medigap HDG plan can be obtained for as little as $32 to $45-per-month. In Chicago, men can expect to pay more for similar coverage. Around $132 per month for Plan G, $97 for Plan N and between $37 and $48 for HDG.
Plan G covers 100% of all Medicare-covered expenses once the Medicare Part B deductible has been met for the year. First introduced in 2010 as a way to offer lower cost options, Plan N has a few additional out-of-pocket expenses that policyholders will have to pay. These can include a nominal co-pay for doctor or emergency room visits. Plan N can also have one facing Excess Charges.
High Deductible Plan G is a relatively new option for Medicare beneficiaries. It is only available to those who turned 65 or went on Medicare on or after January 1, 2020. The plan comes with a high deductible ($2,490 for 2022) but is highly appealing for those looking to save money and who may not anticipate many medical needs during the year.
The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance is an advocacy and informational organization that strives to create heightened awareness for the many Medicare insurance options. AAMSI supports insurance professionals who market Medicare Supplement insurance.