If you currently have a Medigap plan and want to switch to a different plan, you can do so at any time, but you might have to reapply and answer medical questions before being approved on your new plan. This is called medical underwriting. Click here if you are looking to switch from Medigap Plan F to Plan G.
If you live in a state that offers a Medigap Birthday Rule or Medigap Anniversary rule, you can switch plans every year without having to answer medical questions. There is a catch though: you must do it during designated switching times and your choices may be limited.
By the way, Blue Shield is offering an underwriting holiday, where you do not need to answer medical questions to switch. The state of Colorado is also offering a switching period for Plan F and Plan C enrollees to switch to Plan G and Plan D.
Which States Allow for Switching without Underwriting?
These states below have laws that will allow you to switch from one Medigap plan to another without answering medical questions. Even if you move to a new insurance company, you will be approved without medical review.
- Maine allows Medigap enrollees to switch at any time of the year.
- Washington allows enrollees to switch from any Medigap to any other Medigap except Plan A at any time of the year. Compare WA Medigap prices here.
How to Switch Your Plan During the Medigap Birthday/Anniversary Rule?
You can apply to switch your Medigap plan 30 days before or after your birthday or anniversary month. The earliest start date will be the first of the month after your birthday or anniversary month. Call one of our licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956 to help you switch your plan.
How Can I Switch if I Don’t Have a Medigap Switching Right?
If you don’t live in one of these states above, you can still switch your Medigap plan. However, you will usually be required to answer medical questions.
As an extra resource, below is the chart Oregon has created to show which plans you can switch to in that state.
2019 Plan Switching options for Oregon
|Current Plan||Plan you can switch to|
|Medigap Plan A||Plan A|
|Medigap Plan B||Plans A or B|
|Medigap Plan C||Plans A, B, C, D, K, L, M, or N|
|Medigap Plan D||Plans A, B, D, K, L, M, or N|
|Medigap Plan F||Plans A, B, C, D, F, High F, G, K, L, M, or N|
|Medigap Plan High Deductible F||Plan High F|
|Medigap Plan G||Plans A, B, D, G, K, L, M, or N|
|Medigap Plan K||Plan K|
|Medigap Plan L||Plans K or L|
|Medigap Plan M||Plans M or N|
|Medigap Plan N||Plan N|