Medicare Supplement Plan K is one of ten standardized Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans available to Medicare beneficiaries. Medigap Plan K offers several great benefits that reduce cost-sharing for policyholders.
Medicare Supplement Plan K allows coverage at 93% of doctors and hospitals nationwide. When compared to other Medicare Supplement plans, Medigap Plan K coverage is not extensive. However, the plan offers supplemental coverage at a low cost.
How Does Medicare Supplement Plan K Work?
When combined with Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, Medicare Supplement Plan K is a great option for reducing the cost-sharing responsibilities of the beneficiary. Like all Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Supplement Plan K works secondary to Medicare by paying some of the costs Original Medicare leaves behind.
Medicare Supplement Plan K Benefits
Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover 100% of medical costs for seniors. You, as the beneficiary, can either pay the leftover costs out-of-pocket in full or reduce these costs by enrolling in a Medicare Supplement plan.
Medicare Supplement Plan K offers several benefits to help lower Medicare costs for beneficiaries.
Benefits of Medicare Supplement Plan K include:
- 100% Medicare Part A hospital coinsurance
- 100% Medicare Part B preventive care coinsurance
- 50% Medicare Part B coinsurance
- 50% of the cost for 3 pints of blood
- 50% Hospice coinsurance
- 50% Skilled nursing care coinsurance
- 50% Medicare Part A deductible
How Much Does Medicare Supplement Plan K Cost?
Like other Medicare Supplement plans, Plan K has a cap on out-of-pocket costs. This is known as the maximum out-of-pocket (MOOP). For Medicare Supplement Plan K in 2022, the MOOP is $6,620. Once your Medicare-covered costs exceed this amount, Medicare Supplement plan K pays 100% of your remaining costs.
The MOOP for Medicare Supplement Plan K is subject to change each year.
Medicare Supplement Plan K vs. Medicare Supplement Plan L
When shopping for Medicare Supplement plans, beneficiaries often compare Medicare Supplement Plan K to Medicare Supplement Plan L.
Like Medicare Supplement Plan K, Medigap Plan L covers a percentage of costs left behind by Original Medicare and has a MOOP to cap out-of-pocket costs.
The difference between the two plans ultimately comes down to cost. Where Medicare Supplement Plan K covers 50%, Medicare Supplement Plan L covers 75%. In addition to this difference, the MOOP for Medicare Supplement Plan L is $3,310.
The average monthly premium for Medicare Supplement Plan L tends to be higher than the monthly premium for Medicare Supplement Plan K. This is because higher benefits often warrant a higher monthly premium.
Determining whether you are more comfortable with a higher monthly premium on Medicare Supplement Plan L or higher cost-sharing with Medicare Supplement Plan K will help you decide which plan is best for you.
How to Apply for Medicare Plan K
Applying for Medicare Supplement Plan K is simple. As long as you are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, you can apply for supplemental coverage. Working with a licensed agent is key in understanding all of your options and receiving the best costs possible.
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