Understanding Medicare Changes
Medicare is changing its supplemental policies: how will this affect you?
Important changes to Medicare supplemental policies — also known as Medigap plans — took effect in June. Millions of older Americans buy the plans each year to help pay medical bills.
Vicki Gottlich, an attorney at The Center for Medicare Advocacy (medicareadvocacy.org), described the new developments. Her remarks have been edited.
Q – What are Medigap plans and how do they work?
A – Medigap plans work in tandem with traditional Medicare. The plans cover expenses that seniors might face under Medicare, including co-payments, premiums and deductibles.