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Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) High Deductible Plan G is one of the newest standardized Medicare Supplement plans. Medigap High Deductible Plan G is a great option for Medicare beneficiaries who want the benefits of standard Medicare Supplement Plan G but would prefer lower monthly premiums. Learn more about Medicare Supplement Plan G High Deductible and make an informed decision on your coverage.

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What is High Deductible Plan G?

Medigap High Deductible Plan G is a Medicare Supplement plan that offers the same coverage as the standard Medicare Supplement Plan G. The premiums for the high deductible version are lower than the premiums for the standard Medicare Supplement Plan G. Yet, enrollees must pay a higher deductible for coverage to kick in at 100%. Cost-sharing you pay out-of-pocket, as well as the Medicare Part B deductible, applies toward the high deductible amount.

 

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Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Benefits

Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G continues to provide some of the most comprehensive supplemental benefits for Medicare enrollees. If you become eligible for Medicare benefits after January 1, 2020, Medigap High Deductible Plan G is the most comprehensive coverage on the market and makes a great alternative to Plan F benefits. However, you’ll still need to cover your Medicare Part B deductible.

Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G is a great option for those with a tight budget.

Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Chart for 2024

Comparing your plan options is important for anyone shopping for supplemental coverage. You can discover below the varying levels of coverage and compare the benefits of Medicare High Deductible Plan G with Medicare Supplement Plan G and the other lettered plans. For a full summary of what Medicare Plan G High Deductible covers in contrast to other plans, see the Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Comparison Chart 2024 below.

Medicare Supplement Plan HDG Comparison chart
Again, the healthcare needs of each person will be different, and it’s important to consider all of your options before enrolling in a plan.

Choosing among these plan options can be intimidating, but working with a licensed Medicare agent can help you pinpoint the right coverage for you.

For example, if Medigap Plan G or High Deductible Plan G isn’t right for you, an agent can help you receive the right healthcare coverage, such as the popular Medicare Supplement Plan N option, to keep you adequately protected.

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What Does Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Cover?

If you enroll in Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G coverage, you’ll enjoy the same benefits as standard Plan G benefits but with a lower monthly premium. Of course, you’re going to have to pay a higher deductible when receiving healthcare, but you’ll enjoy the same level of benefits:

  • 100% coverage on your Medicare Part A deductible, Medicare Part B excess charges, hospice copayments, and coinsurance
  • Additional foreign travel emergency coverage
  • Your policy is guaranteed renewable regardless of your health

What Is Not Covered By Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G?

Your out-of-pocket costs left after using Original Medicare benefits alone are all covered by your Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G coverage with one exception: your Medicare Part B deductible. You also aren’t covered for dental, vision, hearing, or prescription drug costs. Although additional coverages, including Medicare Part D, are available to help cover such expenses.

How Much Does Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Cost?

The average cost of Medicare Plan G High Deductible is around $40-$90 per month. But Medigap Plan G High Deductible cost varies based on several factors and will vary from company to company. Some of the most common factors private carriers assess include your age, location, tobacco usage, and gender.

To paint a better picture, we’ve compared the prices of Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G for males and females aged 65 and 75. For our methodology, no one uses tobacco products:

High Deductible Plan G Average Monthly Cost in Las Vegas, NV (88901)*
Gender: Female, Age: 65 $56.00
Gender: Male, Age: 65 $61.00
Gender: Female, Age: 75 $79.00
Gender Male, Age: 75 $88.00
*Please note: the above are sample rates. These are subject to change. Call us for your accurate, personalized quotes today.
High Deductible Plan G Average Monthly Cost in New York, NY (10001)*
Gender: Female, Age: 65 $84.00
Gender: Male, Age: 65 $84.00
Gender: Female, Age: 75 $84.00
Gender Male, Age: 75 $84.00
*Please note: the above are sample rates. These are subject to change. Call us for your accurate, personalized quotes today.
High Deductible Plan G Average Monthly Cost in Chillicothe, OH (45601)*
Gender: Female, Age: 65 $54.00
Gender: Male, Age: 65 $55.00
Gender: Female, Age: 75 $80.00
Gender Male, Age: 75 $77.00
*Please note: the above are sample rates. These are subject to change. Call us for your accurate, personalized quotes today.

Who Is Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Ideal For?

If you’re wondering whether or not Medigap High Deductible Plan G is right for you, you’ll want to take in a few considerations. Everyone has their own needs, but Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G is typically ideal for your benefits if you fit the following criteria:

  • You are comfortable paying a higher deductible in exchange for lower monthly premiums
  • You don’t often see the doctor or need to visit the hospital
  • You live in a state that allows excess charges
  • You enjoy traveling outside the U.S.

What Carriers Offer Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G?

Medigap High Deductible Plan G is offered across a range of top-rated carriers, including the following:

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, it does represent many top-rated Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G carriers available for enrollees. Using a licensed Medicare agent can help you compare the best options in your area and deliver coverage that meets your healthcare and budget needs.

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High-Deductible Plan G Pros and Cons

There are 12 lettered Medigap plans, providing beneficiaries a variety of options to fit their differing needs. There are pros and cons to each plan, and Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G is no exception. Let’s break down the High-Deductible Plan G pros and cons further to compare:

Medigap Plan HD-G Pros Medigap Plan HD-G Cons
Same benefits as standard Plan G but lower monthly premiums Because the premiums are lower, you’ll need to pay a higher deductible before receiving full coverage
A great alternative to Medicare Supplement Plan F High Deductible for those eligible after January 1, 2020 Deductible is costly and often rise over time
If you spend more than $2,700 ($2,800 in 2024) on healthcare expenses, you’ll enjoy 100% coverage for the rest of the year Your deductible doesn’t carry over to other carriers if you switch providers

What is the Deductible for Medigap High Deductible Plan G?

The deductible for Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G is $2,700 in 2023 and will rise to $2,800 in 2024. Beneficiaries reaching this deductible keeps the premiums low for this plan. Alternatively, if you are more comfortable with higher monthly premiums and would rather not pay the higher deductible, standard Medicare Supplement Plan G would be the better choice for you.

Is Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G Better than High Deductible Plan F?

The only difference between Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G and Medigap High Deductible Plan F is the same as between Medicare Supplement Plan G and Plan F; the latter covers the Medicare Part B deductible. However, since the amount you pay towards the Medicare Part B deductible applies to the high-deductible for the plans, they are essentially identical.

So which one is better? If you’re eligible for either Medicare Supplement plan, the Medicare Supplement plan that has the lower monthly premium in your area would be the better choice. Keep in mind, both versions of Medicare Supplement Plan F are now unavailable to new Medicare beneficiaries.

Can I Use Guaranteed Issue Rights to Enroll in Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G?

Due to the elimination of first-dollar coverage plans, if you aren’t eligible to enroll in one and have guaranteed issue rights, you can use these rights to enroll in Medigap Plan G High Deductible. Conversely, those who can use guaranteed issue rights to enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan F are not eligible to use them to enroll in either version of Medicare Supplement Plan G.

FAQs

Which carriers offer High Deductible Plan G in 2024?
The carriers that offer Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G vary by location. The best way to get a full list of insurance companies offering this plan near you is to speak to a licensed agent.
What is the difference Between Medicare Plan G vs Plan G High Deductible?
The core difference between Medicare Supplement Plan G vs Plan G High Deductible is how much you pay and how you pay. Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G offers the same benefits as standard Plan G, but High Deductible Plan G comes with a lower monthly premium. However, the trade-off is that you also must pay the higher deductible before receiving full coverage.
Is High Deductible Plan G worth it?
If you do not mind needing to reach the high deductible amount for full coverage from your plan, the lower premiums for Medigap High Deductible Plan G could provide the best value for you. Remember, however, the Plan G High Deductible cost when receiving healthcare services can be sizeable for many, making other plans superior options depending on your budget.

How to Enroll in Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G

At MedicareFAQ, we believe that choosing a Medicare Supplement plan is not something you should have to do on your own. For this reason, our goal is to guide you to make an informed choice, so you choose the plan that provides the most value to you. If you think that Medigap High Deductible Plan G could be right for you, the next step is to speak to an agent today.

To start the process, call the phone number above or fill out our online rate form. An agent licensed in your state will prepare a premium rate comparison with quotes from our top carriers to explore your coverage options, including High Deductible Plan G.

Jagger Esch

Jagger Esch

Medicare Educator
Jagger Esch is the Medicare Educator for MedicareFAQ and the founder, president, and CEO of Elite Insurance Partners and MedicareFAQ.com. Since the inception of his first company in 2012, he has been dedicated to helping those eligible for Medicare by providing them with resources to educate themselves on all their Medicare options. He is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare.
Ashlee Zareczny

Ashlee Zareczny

Compliance Manager
Ashlee Zareczny is the Compliance Manager for MedicareFAQ. As a licensed Medicare agent in all 50 states, she is dedicated to educating those eligible for Medicare by providing the necessary resources and tools. Additionally, Ashlee trains new and tenured Medicare agents on CMS compliance guidelines. Ashlee is a Medicare expert who specializes in Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D education.

49 thoughts on "Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G"

    1. Hi, Tuan. When you travel internationally, Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G will provide coverage for emergency care.

    1. Hi Bobbi, if you are on Plan G and move to another state, all you’ll need to do is call your carrier and have your address updated!

  1. Questions:
    1. Is it true that insurance companies will likely not accept conversion from Plan G high deductible to Plan N or G should my health take a turn for the worse later, outside of guaranteed issue?
    2. The deductible of $2490 … if after paying $233 for Part B outpatient services etc, is that sufficient and does the remaining deductible of $2490 – $233 = $1716 apply only to Part A hospitalization and inpatient expenses? Or does the deductible of $2490 apply to either Part A and B expenses across the board?

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for the questions! To answer your first question, if you are switching from one Medicare Supplement plan to another, you will likely have to answer underwriting health questions outside of guaranteed issue. This means a carrier may deny your plan for any health reason. So, it is best to enroll in the plan you see yourself needing in the future before your health takes a turn for the worse. The remaining deductible ($1716) after the Part B deductible will apply to Medicare Part B expenses. The high deductible plan covers your Medicare Part A expenses entirely.

      1. But for state of NY, CT, you can switch without underwriting as long as there’s no gap on your coverage and Insurance company can’t charge more because it is set as a community rate.

      2. Correct! Certain states have additional rules. However, not all states follow those guidelines.

      3. I understand that insurance agents never recommend High Deductible part G because the insurance agents make a much smaller commission on that. Insurance agents often try to scare vulnerable people into paying outrageous monthly premiums just so they can fatten their own wallets!

      4. Fred, this unfortunately can happen if you work with an agent who does not have your best interest in mind. However, MedicareFAQ ensures you receive help from great agents who are available to help compare ALL of your options and do their best to ensure you enroll in a coverage that is best for YOU.

  2. For high deductible plan G, do I have to meet the whole deductible amount first before getting any benefits? If yes, what benefits?
    Thank you

    1. Hi! Great Question. When you are enrolled in the High Deductible Plan G, you will need to meet the plans full deductible before your Medicare Supplement will kick in. Once you meet the deductible, you will be covered at 100% for any Medicare-covered healthcare services. Meaning, you will have $0 out-of-pocket cost once the deductible is met.

  3. As to routine preventive screening procedures (done periodically within established Medicare time parameters) – like mammograms, cervical cancer screening, bone mass measurements, cardiovascular screening blood tests, colonoscopy, flu shots and other preventive healthcare listed . Original Medicare states one pays nothing for some procedures if the doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment. I’m going to assume that also applies to High Deductible Plans? Thanks for your knowledge and expertise!

    1. Karen, yes, this assumption is accurate. These preventative services are covered in full by Original Medicare, so your supplement plan would not be billed and in turn, you would not be billed.

    1. Bill, the Medigap Plan F is available for anyone who received Medicare Part A prior to Jan. 1, 2020. Anyone who received their Part A after that date is not eligible for Plan F.

      1. Does this mean you can switch from HD G to regular G in California without underwriting using the Birthday rule? In other words, are regular G and High Deductible G considered equivalent for switching here?

      2. Ariel, since the Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G has a higher deductible, it is considered lesser benefit than the standard Medicare Supplement Plan G. So, if you are using the CA Birthday rule, you are not eligible to change from HDG to the standard Plan G.

  4. For the hi deductible Plan G, does this mean that even my yearly physical would need to be paid for by me and then count towards my $2,490 deductible? I’m just not clear on what counts towards the deductible and what does not.
    In the last couple of years that has been, thankfully, my only doctor visits.
    Thanks

  5. Regarding high deductible plan G, I understand it doesn’t kick in until the $2,370 deductible is reached and paid. My question is, do all of the standard medicare deductibles and copays remain in effect before the HD plan G deductible is reached? For example, once I reach $203 for medicare B services, does medicare pay the stated 80% for care received after, even with a HD plan G in place? And if they do, is it the 20% I am required to pay for to the same services what is calculated toward the $2,730 deductible of HD plan G?

    1. Hello – you must pay the ($233 for 2022) Part B deductible to receive 80% coverage from Original Medicare. The $233 as well as all out-of-pocket costs you’ll pay through your 20% coinsurance count toward the ($2,490 for 2022) high deductible.

      1. Do you have an official government source for the fact that the $233 Part B deductible payment counts towards the $2490 high deductible plan G deductible? It would seem, as your materials indicate, that that makes the high deductible versions of the F & G plans identical, which doesn’t seem like it was intended. I’ve looked on Medicare.gov and cms.gov and cannot find this anywhere.

      2. Harold, when looking at them at face value, the High Deductible Plan F and Plan G are the exact same coverage. You are only required to pay $2,490 on either plan. The difference is that you are only eligible to enroll in HD-F if you received Medicare before 2020 and HD-F if you received Medicare after January 1, 2020.

        https://www.cms.gov/files/document/cy-2022-fg-j-deductible-amount-medigap-high-deductible-options.pdf

        Here you can read about the high deductible plan deductibles.

  6. Re Plan G-HD, what counts towards the high deductible besides Part A/B deductibles. Will I have to pay all of doc visits, lab procedures, etc. until I reach the deductible? Thanks.

  7. Hi. I decided to leave my ex-employers Group Health Plan to take advantage of HDG lower premiums since I rarely ever reach my old plans deductible of $850.00. I applied for and was approved for this HDG plan after answering several questions about my health on their application form and they took my first months premium. However, I have been on Medicare since March, 2018 and I am now reading from several sources that if you were were new to Medicare before January 1st, 2020, then you would not even be eligible for this plan. Did this company make a mistake accepting me, and do you foresee any problems with this in the future?

    1. Hi Thomas – the January 1, 2020 stipulation applies to High-Deductible Plan F (as well as standard Plan F). It does not apply to HDG (or standard Plan G).

  8. Can you switch from a high deductible plan G to regular plan G without going through medical underwriting? I’m assuming there is a 365-day trial period where you can switch no questions asked. But what about past that 365 day window?

    1. Hi Joyce! The 12-month period you’re referring to is known as trial rights. It’s only for those switching from Medicare Advantage to Medigap if they enrolled in an Advantage plan when they were first eligible or switched from Medigap to Advantage. This SEP can only be used once. However, you should not have an issue switching from one Medigap plan to another if it’s with the same carrier.

  9. Hi Lindsay —
    I turned 65 back in April and signed up for Medicare Parts A and B as of April 1. I’ve been waiting to sign up for a Medicare Supplement policy since I’m still covered by my wife’s employer’s plan until July 1. I thought I better get on this today, so I called United Healthcare directly, intending to sign up for the high-deductible option under Plan G. The agent I spoke to said that there was no such option available for me! I was surprised since I was under the impression that, if Plan G was available in your area, then the HD option for that plan was also available. Is the HD option only available in certain areas, or is it only offered by certain carriers and maybe not by UHC? Any information you can provide on the availability of of high-deductible plans would certainly be appreciated!
    John

    1. Hey John, great question! It sounds like just UHC does not offer the high-deductible version in your area. I would call a broker that is associated with all carriers vs just one. That way you get all your options instead of being restricted to just one carrier. If you complete our rate form one of our agents will compare the plan you want in your area with all carriers to see who has the lowest premium available.

      1. Hey Mr. Esch , I have enjoyed reading your professional responses back to patrons questions and concerns . I have a question for you . I am still on my employer insurance plan , but in August of this year 2022 I will turn 65 yrs old and I think that I have made my mind up about keeping the the original Medicare and going with a Supplment plan . I hear everyone speaking of the high deducible plan G . Could you answer this question for me if possible . The deducible of 2, 490 dollars on that plan . Does that just means that like for example if you get your annual physical . Will you have to pay a co – pay to see the doctor and then my question is how much of that doctors visit be paid for example .Say the visit is $500.00 dollars how much of the original medicare and your supplement G of that bill will be paid . I know that plan G , is not saying you have to pay that whole deducible up front , but I know the bills will not be paid at 100 percent until the co – pay has been met ! How much of that $500. 00 dollar office bill will be paid ?

      2. Rita, in the context of your example, annual exams would be covered in full by Original Medicare. However, if you go to an additional appointment, Original Medicare will cover 80% of your visit after the Part B deductible has been met. After that, you will pay the remaining 20% until you meet the High Deductible G plan’s deductible of $2,490.

        So, you will pay the initial $233 out of pocket. Once you pay $233, Medicare covers 80% and you cover 20% until you pay $2,490.

  10. I am looking to get the Plan G or the HD plan G.
    Can I switch from one to another (if I am still healthy) later on and which one would be the easier to switch from? I know that the decision would go to underwriting, before I could do it.
    I like to be covered almost 100% with the plan G (except the $203), but I wouldn’t mind saving monthly either.
    Thanks for the advice.

    1. Hi Agnes! With Medigap plans, there’s no annual enrollment period. You can enroll at any time of the year. You will just have to go through medical underwriting. So yes, you can switch from one to another. Neither is easier than the other to switch from.

      1. I am in the same boat as Agnes. I plan to get High deductible plan G now since I live overseas and do not foresee a need to use medicare until I return to US. Do not understand why a switch from HD plan G to normal Plan G would go thru underwriting since benefits and coverage are same in both except out of pocket expenses. In HD I bear the cost up of $2370 whereas in normal plan G i pay extra premium of around 1400 – 1500.

    2. Agnes I’m feeling the same
      Can’t decide between the HD or regular G plan stressing me out figuring which is better

  11. I believe if I only used Part B Medicare services like doctor office visit my out-of-pocket total may not go to the max. Plan G covers inpatient deductible copay so that cannot be considered as my out-of-pocket costs. Do I have the correct idea of how this plan works? I did have a high f plan some time back and was not in the hospital but had outpatient surgery. I only had to pay my b deductible..however, the agent did say that under high f I was responsible for both the inpatient and outpatient deductibles. per medicare information, my payment of b deductible goes to my $2,370 deductibles so. I will only be liable for $2,167 tops. maybe. thanks

    1. Hi Kathleen! When talking about maximum out-of-pocket max, that’s usually referring to Medicare Advantage plans, which is not the same as Medicare & Medigap. Medicare & Medigap do not have an out-of-pocket maximum. With Plan G, the only out-of-pocket cost outside the monthly premium is the Part B deductible of $203. Once you meet this deductible for the calendar year, you won’t pay anything out of pocket. With High Deductible Plan G, you must meet the deductible of $2,340. However, the $203 deductible you also must meet for Part B counts towards the $2,340 deductible. (as you said in your comment) In addition, the inpatient deductible would be out of pocket if you have not met the $2,340 deductible for the calendar year, BUT you don’t end up paying that at one time. What happens is the hospital may bill you a portion of the inpatient deductible. Whatever you end up paying will count towards the $2,340. Hopefully, that helps clarify!

  12. Lindsay,
    Hi I’m Kathi. I’m turning 65 in May 2021. I’ve been receiving social security for a year now and they automatically enrolled me in Part A & Part B effective April 1, 2021.
    I’m still working and have credible insurance. My employer has more than 20 employees so according to what I read my Employer cover will be primary as long as I am working.
    I’m trying to decide whether to get plan G or N.
    My current insurance has a high deductible however, I only have to pay the first 250 of the deductible then the employers HRA picks up the rest. Would the $250 deductible that I have to pay for employer plan suffice for the $203 Part B deductible?
    I also have copays where I pay first $10 and HRA picks up rest.
    I’m trying to decide whether it is worth paying the additional premium for Part B coverage & a medigap plan as long as I’m working.
    As I am starting to have more health issues creeping in, I just want to make sure I’m covered in case things go south, if you know what I mean.

    1. Hi Kathi! Normally, you don’t need to enroll in a Medigap plan if you have employer group coverage. Your Part A & Part B benefits basically become your supplement coverage. When you leave your employer coverage, that is when you would want to enroll in a Medigap plan. Your best bet is to contact your benefits administrator to discuss how your employer coverage will work with your Medicare coverage. If then you decide that you still want to enroll in a Medigap plan, give us a call and we can help!

  13. If I enroll under HD Plan G or F, will I be eligible for a once per lifetime transfer from my IRA to my HSA? If so, what would be the maximum transfer?

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