There is a myth that you either need primary care insurance or Medicare and that these insurance policies will cover all aspects of your medical needs. The truth is, you may run into an issue when your insurance is not enough and you are left with a gap. This gap is the amount between the amount for your prescriptions or health needs and the amount that insurance will cover. You may feel your only option is to pay the gap out of your own funds. Medigap supplemental insurance programs are another more affordable choice. Here is what you should know.  

Medicare Plan F

Medicare plan F is one of the leading comprehensive Medigap plans. Plan F covers many, and in most cases all, of the gaps you experience. The plan is ideal for those people who are concerned about their deductibles. It is also ideal for someone who sees the doctor very little during the year and still wants to keep their costs low. Medicare plan F does have certain restrictions. These restrictions may be based on the time period you became eligible for Medicare as well as other restrictions. 

Medicare Part D

Prescription coverage is a large concern for many people. Prescriptions can fluctuate in price based on the pharmaceutical companies and the pharmacy. These changes in price can become stressful when you are not sure how you will cover the gap the price adjustments may bring. If prescription costs are where you see a gap, then Medicare part D may be the ideal Medicare supplemental insurance plan for your needs. Medicare part D is known for helping bridge the gap between your insurance and the out-of-pocket expenses for necessary prescription drugs. 

Medicare Part G

Part G Medicare supplemental plans are very similar to part  F. Both of the plans cover the same types of Medicare gaps. The differences in the plans come with the deductible. There is a portion of Medicare deductibles that falls under the small calendar year deductible for part B. This is the only aspect that is not included. When the small calendar year deductible is paid for, part G will kick in and begin covering the same as a part F option. Premiums for this plan can be less than other Medicare supplements after part B is taken care of. 

A Medicare enrollment agency can help answer questions about Medicare supplement programs. Once they have helped you decide on the right supplemental coverages for your needs, they will help enroll you. Keep in mind, there may be several plans that are available. Make sure to understand what each plan offers and allow your enrollment specialist to guide you to the ones you need.