Are you thinking of retiring in a new state? You are not alone. Many of our clients choose to retire in a different state than the one where they first enrolled in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan. They often ask us if they have to reapply for Medigap. The answer is almost always no. According to the CMS: “You can retain your current Medigap policy regardless of where you live as long as you still have Original Medicare.” Medigap is very flexible and a great solution for people who think they might move in the future.
What Happens to My Medigap if I Move?
If you enrolled in a Medigap plan in one state but move to another, you do NOT need to enroll in a new Medigap plan (unless you have a Medigap Select plan). Your monthly premium could increase if your new home area has more expensive Medigap rates, since this is one of the main factors that affect your Medicare Supplement cost. In some cases your price can also go down. If you already have a Medigap plan, call the number on the back of your card and they will tell you how much that plan will cost in your new state. You can click here to get an instant Medicare Supplement quote.
Can I Purchase a Different Medigap Plan in My New State if it Costs Less?
If you find other plan in your new state that is less expensive than the rate your current Medigap insurance is offering, you can always submit a new application. Since Medigap plans have a nationwide network, moving does NOT trigger a Medigap guaranteed issuance situation in most states*. This means you will usually have to answer medical questions to obtain the new coverage.
*Please note: MA, CA, MO, OR, and NY have unique rules for buying and switching Medigap plans. If you are moving to those states check out this article about switching Medigap plans.
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