Even with Medicare, there are costs that the patient must cover and these can accumulate quickly. Without Medigap coverage, the patient is responsible for all co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles for Medicare Part A and B. Medicare also does not provide coverage if traveling abroad. According to Medicare, next year there will be changes in the Medicare Supplement Plan H. After June 1, 2010, no one else can enroll in Plan H. Anyone who enrolls in the plan before June 1 can keep that plan. In addition, hospice care is being added to this plan, as well as to all complementary plans. Therefore, if Plan H meets your needs, you may consider enrolling before it ends. But before making that decision, you should consider the other options available. Consider Medicare supplement plans to save.
How does the Medicare H supplemental plan help? Plan H will cover 100% coinsurance and the deductible for Part A coverage. It also offers an additional 365 days of hospital coverage at the end of Medicare benefits. It also covers copays and coinsurance for Part B. The costs of the first three liters of blood are also covered. If you want to travel the world during your retirement, Plan H will provide up to 80% of cost coverage for all emergencies abroad. Other complementary plans will cover more, but Plan H may be correct if you only want to cover the basics.
Holders of existing Plan J policies will not be expelled from their current Plan J coverage or will have to leave. However, it is important to keep in mind that existing Plan J policyholders will be in what is called a “closed” commercial block. What this means is that new J policies will not be sold after this date of June 1, 2010. Some speculate that this will cause Plan J rates to increase faster in Plan J than in other plans. While this makes logical sense (the holders of older policies are equal to higher claims and higher rates), it remains to be seen the true and lasting effect that the elimination of Plan J will have on current policyholders. The Medicare Supplement Plan H provides a basic package to cover the costs that Medicare does not charge. Medical costs may increase. If you suffer an accident or a significant decrease in your health, the costs can be devastating for your retirement years. It is convenient for you to be prepared before it happens.