Michigan Medigap plans have special rules for those wanting to purchase Medicare Supplemental plans in MI. While Michigan has 10 Medigap plans to choose from, it has a few Med Supp laws that are unique to the Great Lakes State.

Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings, oh my! No matter who you cheer for, Michigan has a Medigap plan for you.

Michigan Medigap Enrollment Periods

Michigan Open Enrollment

In Michigan, there is only one initial Medigap Open Enrollment Period (OEP) and it is not an annual occurrence. Michigan’s initial Medigap Open Enrollment Period is the 6-month period that starts when you first enroll in Medicare Part B and you are 65 or over. During this initial OEP, you are guaranteed to be approved on any MedSup plan at the best rate. If you apply outside of this period, you could be charged more or denied coverage.

If you are over 65 but still have coverage from your (or your spouse’s) work, you can delay Medicare Part B enrollment. Don’t worry, your OEP will be delayed until you enroll in Medicare Part B.

Michigan Medigap Qualifying Event Periods

Qualifying events, such as leaving a Medicare Advantage plan can trigger a Medigap Guaranteed Issue Period. When you have a qualifying event, you usually have a 63-day to apply for a plan with no health questions asked.

First of the Month Medigap Enrollment in Michigan

You can apply for a Medigap policy at any time of the year and your approved plan can begin the first of the following month. If you are outside your initial OEP and do not have a Medigap Qualifying event, you will have to answer health questions in the application. This is called Medical underwriting and insurance providers will use this information to approve or deny your application.

Under 65 Medigap enrollment:

Plans A, C and/or D may be available for those on Medicare but under 65 years old to purchase but at a higher rate. When you turn 65, you’ll have a chance to switch plans during your OEP. Learn more about Medigap for under65 here.

Michigan Medigap Subsidy

Michigan set up a program called Michigan Medigap Subsidy which was created to help pay for Medigap plans. This program is no longer active. The program stopped accepting new applications as of January 2021. If you’re a current Michigan Medigap Subsidy beneficiary, your January 2023 premium will be the last subsidized bill. (Source Michigan.gov)

What is the most popular Michigan Medigap plan?

As of 2020, Medigap Plan G in Michigan comprised the biggest amount of new enrollments. (source AHIP). As you’ll see in the chart below, Plan G covers the majority of Original Medicare Part A & B costs, including extras like the Part B excess charges and foreign emergency travel healthcare.

Michigan Medigap comparison chart

Looking over the Medigap chart, you’ll see how each Michigan plan covers Medicare’s benefits. While we often recommend Plan G, if you’re on a budget, Plan G High Deductible (identical to Plan G’s coverage but has a deductible ($2,800)) and Medigap Plan N are great options to financially protect you.

Benefits A B D G** K L M N
Medicare Part A Deductible ($1,632) 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 50% 100%
Part B Deductible ($240)
Medicare Part A Hospital Coinsurance and 365 additional hospital days 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Medicare Part B Coinsurance 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
First 3 Pints of Blood for a Transfusion 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Medicare Part A Hospice Coinsurance or Copay 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance 100% 100% 50% 75% 100% 100%
Medicare Part B Excess Charges 100%
Foreign Emergency Healthcare 80% 80% 80% 80%
Max Out-of-Pocket $7,060 $3,530
**Medigap Plan G High Deductible is identical coverage with a high deductible of $2,800

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Not included in the chart are Medigap Plan C and Plan F: These plans are only available to those who were Part B-eligible prior to January 1, 2020.

*Medigap Plan G High deductible ($2,800) is also available. Note: Plan F and Plan C are not featured on this chart as they are no longer available to those new to Medicare.

Michigan Medigap plan discounts

Michigan Medigap plan providers may offer discounts to save on your monthly premium cost. The following two options are available from most providers (click on the link below to learn more about each discount):

You can (most likely) keep your MI Medigap if you move

If you move between 47 of the 50 states, you can keep your plan. However, if you live in Michigan and move to one of the listed states, you’ll have to disenroll from your MI plan and enroll in a plan available in your state. If you do move to the following states, you’ll trigger a Medigap guaranteed issuance period):

Pro tip: When you move to a state where your Medigap plan is portable, you still have to let your insurance provider know your new zip code. This can decrease or increase your monthly premium.

What now, Michigan?

While you may have learned more than you ever wanted to know about Michigan Medigap plans, we know that new information leads to questions. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or give one of our licensed agents a call at 800-930-7956.

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