Medigap Plans In Texas

Medigap Plans Made Easy

Welcome! We Know Medicare is Confusing! Let Us Help! Ashford Insurance is an independent insurance agency specializing in the Medicare market. As an independent agency, we have the freedom to offer any Supplement or Medicare Prescription Drug product from any company. After reviewing all of your doctors and prescriptions, we can give you a true and unbiased opinion.

Here at Ashford Insurance, we represent several of the major carriers for Medicare Supplement plans (aka Medigap policies) and Medicare Part D drug plans. We will help you find the plan that suits your health care needs, and your financial budget as well.

Our goal here at Ashford Insurance is to ensure you understand your options in the Medicare marketplace. We know that this can be a very tedious endeavor and every individual is different; having access to major carriers is the only way to determine what level of coverage will best suit your needs.

Texas Medigap – Medicare Supplements

 
Medicare is a federal health insurance program that pays most of the health care costs for people who are 65 or older.  It will also pay for health care for some people under age 65 who have disabilities.
 
You can buy Medicare supplement insurance to help pay some of your out-of-pocket costs that Medicare won’t pay. Because it helps cover some of the “gaps” in Medicare coverage, Medicare supplement insurance is often called Medigap insurance.
 
The Medicare Supplement plans are designed to be subscribed to right alongside a valid Original Medicare plan, offering complementary coverage without ever overlapping. Supplement plans will not work with Advantage plans, so if you need one of them, then you need to choose only one.
 
Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) can help with some costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover. 
 
Medigap is extra health insurance that you buy from a private company to pay health care costs not covered by Original Medicare, such as co-payments, deductibles, and health care if you travel.
 
 

Medigap Plans In Texas, also known as Medsups, are standardized by the Federal Government. They are labeled A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each standardized Medigap policy must offer the same basic benefits no matter which insurance company sells it. Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different insurance companies. Plan A pays the Medicare hospital and physician coinsurance, the first three pints of blood, and 365 days of hospitalization beyond Medicare. Plans B through N provide these benefits and add more benefits such as coverage for Medicare deductibles, excess charges and limited preventive care, and foreign travel. You can only have one Med Sup plan. No one should try to sell you an additional Medsup plan unless you decide you need to switch policies.

Open Enrollment for Medicare Supplemental Insurance is at age 65 for all consumers, including those already receiving Medicare due to disability. The Open Enrollment period is a six-month period. For six months beginning when you are both age 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B, companies must sell you any Medicare supplement plan they offer. After this limited open enrollment period, companies can pick and choose whom they will cover and how much they will charge based on your health. If you have an individual or “bank group” insurance policy, becoming Medicare eligible does not require you to cancel it and purchase a Medicare supplement. Doing so may save premium costs but it is important to compare benefits before deciding which will work best.

If you are eligible for employer retirement insurance, review the plan carefully to understand what benefits are available and how it works with Medicare. Be aware that employer plans are not standardized and are not subject to the requirements governing standardized Medicare supplement policies. Also, it is important to remember, if you leave an employer plan you may not be able to go back on it.

Some Texas residents are eligible to enroll in approved Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are offered by private insurance companies. Each year Medicare Advantage companies decide where they will offer their plans, what benefits will be offered, and what the premiums will be. Several include vision, dental, hearing, and wellness programs not covered by original Medicare. As noted earlier many Medicare Advantage Plans also offer prescription drug coverage. There are several Medicare Advantage plans available in Dallas, Tarrant, and surrounding counties. Depending on plan choice, a member may be responsible for paying co-payments for certain covered services. Most importantly, with Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage, and standalone Part D Prescription Drug Plans, you must continue to pay your Part A (if any) and part B Medicare premiums.

Just remember, as of January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to new people with Medicare aren’t allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F are not available to people new to Medicare starting on January 1, 2020.

Meet Sonia Ashford

Sonia, “The Medicare Insurance Lady”,  has been helping Medicare eligibles in Texas with their Medicare Insurance now since 2005. She has been married to John Ashford since 1982 and they reside in Bedford, Texas. They have six adult children and nine adorable grandchildren that they love to spoil. In Sonia’s limited spare time she enjoys quilting and crafting.