When Can I Buy Medigap?

Learn the best time to buy Medicare Supplement insurance

by Ray Wilson+ on Jun 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

Medicare Supplement Insurance, commonly known as Medigap, is available at very specific enrollment times.

Best Time to Buy Medigap

The best time to purchase Medigap is when you are first eligible. Medigap gives you a guaranteed issuance, 6-month period that begins on the first day of the month in which you turn 65 (or older, see below) AND enrolled in Medicare Part B.

Guaranteed issuance means that preexisting conditions cannot preclude you from Medigap nor can the provider charge more if you have a preexisting condition.

If I Have Job-Based Insurance, Do I Buy Medigap?

If you have job-based health insurance you more than likely will want to wait to enroll in Medicare Part B and Medigap. Job-based plans often provide coverage similar to Medigap you don’t need a Medigap policy. Of course, always check with your HR person and your insurance broker before making a decision.

When your job-based coverage ends, you’ll get a chance to enroll without a Part B enrollment penalty. This means your Medigap guaranteed issuance period would begin once you enroll in Part B. 

Medigap Enrollment Tip
Don’t enroll in Medicare Part B if you have qualified job-based insurance. If you do enroll in Part B and know you want Medigap at some point, you won’t be able to wait. You’ll need to enroll within the first 6 months of your Part B eligibility for guaranteed Medigap coverage for the future. What this means for you is you’ll be paying for extra insurance you don’t need.

Click here to read the article, “What is Medigap?”

Next Steps

If you’re ready to enroll in Medigap call the number above or click on the link below for an instant quote.

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Reader Comments and Questions

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By william martinez on November 01, 2017

What are the differences between Anthem Innovative Plan F and regular Plan F? Do you also represent AARP Unitedhealth?

Innovative F covers everything Medigap plan F does but includes some vision and hearing benefits. You can learn more with this Innovative F plan overview
We are appointed with AARP united health plans in most states. This mean are able to explain and help you apply for a plan at the guaranteed lowest price allowed by law with no additional charge to you.
-Chris from Senior65.com

By Nolan on September 17, 2017

I have a question I have medicare part A and B and also get benifits via my VA. Am I allowed to also get a supplemental help cover in the event of an emergency due to the fact that we live 2hrs from a VA hospital. Or will I have to drop my VA benefits

You are allowed to have both VA and Medicare Benefits at the same time. Check out our dedicated page about VA and Medicare here
-Chris from Senior65.com

By Corey Tullar on January 28, 2017

I will turn 65 in May 2017 and plan to apply for Medicare Part A & B. I will be leaving my current employer April 30, 2017. When should I apply for Medicare Part B coverage?

If you're leaving your job-based insurance at the same time you become Medicare eligible, then you would enroll in Part B before your birth month. Check out our Medicare Deadline Calculator to learn more.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/

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