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Guide to Iowa Medicare Supplement Plans in 2021
Iowa Medicare Supplement plans are also called Iowa Medigap plans. Did you know you have coverage options beyond Medicare? In most states, you can choose a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan for coverage. Below we’ll go over everything you need to know about your Medicare options in Iowa.
Medicare Supplement Plans in Iowa
In Iowa or any state, when you buy a Medicare Supplement plan, you protect yourself from the costs Medicare doesn’t cover. The benefits for each letter plan are the same between carriers. You’ll only need one Medigap policy. Medicare Supplement plans have a premium in addition to your Medicare premium, but Medigap is worth it. If you want a lower premium, Medicare Select plans have the same benefits as standard Medigap, except there are provider network and service areas.
Most Medigap plans cover foreign travel emergency and skilled nursing copayments. All Medigap plans include primary benefits found in Plan A. Medigap doesn’t cover Part D; so, you’ll need to buy a separate policy for drug coverage.
Iowa Medicare Supplement Plan Eligibility
First, you must have Part A and Part B to be eligible for Medigap. If you want to buy an Iowa Medicare Supplement plan, you’ll need to be a resident of Iowa. The best time to enroll in a plan is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period. Why do you want to sign up early, you may ask? Well, when you enroll in Medigap during this 6-month enrollment period, you avoid the hassle of underwriting and pre-existing condition waiting periods. But, with Medicare Supplement plans, you can sign up any time.
Medigap Eligibility for Under 65 and Disabled
Those under 65 in Iowa can only buy from companies selling plans to that age group. In Iowa, you don’t get a Medigap Open Enrollment Period until you turn 65. For many on disability, Part C plans make the most sense. Then, upon turning 65, you can enroll in Medigap for more comprehensive coverage.
Iowa Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Guide 2021
The cost of Medigap varies depending on eligibility, age, location, carrier, and more. For example, a 65-year-old man could pay about $105 for Plan G or $85 for Plan N. But, a female will pay less than that. For example, a woman could pay $95 for Plan G and $70 for Plan N. Now, someone that is older will likely have a higher premium. Also, if you’re older and go through underwriting, your premium could be higher. The Iowa SHIIP estimates quote rates from each insurance company in the state.
Medicare Advantage Plans in Iowa
In some areas, 5-star Medicare Advantage plans are available.
But, these are few and far between. Part C plans cost as little as $0 a month and as much as $142 a month.
These plans won’t make the most sense for everyone. But, 22% of beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in Iowa this year. Each county will have different plans.
Medicare Advantage requires checking doctor networks, copayments, and understanding prior authorization services.
You can’t have Part C and a Medigap plan at the same time.
Since Medicare isn’t paying claims when you have Part C, Medigap won’t work.
Medicare Part D Plans in Iowa
The lowest premium plan in Iowa is about $13 a month. And the highest costing plan is over $190 a month. One of the largest Medicare Part D insurers in Iowa is Aetna. Not having a drug plan could result in a penalty.
The late enrollment penalty will occur when you finally choose a Part D plan. If you don’t take medications, choosing a policy based solely on the premium is acceptable.
But, if you take multiple prescriptions, you need to verify the formulary aligns with the coverage you need.
Those with brand name medications will likely find a higher premium plan saves them more money during the year than a low premium option.
Our Medicare experts can help you identify the best plan for you based on your needs.
How to Get Medicare Answers in Iowa
Are you wondering who you can call in Iowa to get Medicare Answers? Look no further, out agents can help you find the best plan for you. In one phone call, you can compare rates from top carriers to find the company that values you the most.
Applying for Medigap is easy with the help of an agent. Save time and money by calling us at the number above today!
You can also compare rates online using the online rate form!