Medicare Supplement Plan N


Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plan N is one of the more popular Medicare Supplement plans among beneficiaries in 2022. Medigap Plan N is ideal for those who prefer lower monthly premiums but do not want to forfeit major benefits.

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Medicare Supplement Plan N in 2022

Medicare Supplement Plan N is a standardized Medicare Supplement insurance plan available in most states nationwide. As a Medicare Supplement, this plan helps cover certain cost-sharing expenses that would otherwise be the beneficiary’s responsibility with Original Medicare.

Since the introduction of Medicare Supplement Plan N, enrollment into the plan increases each year. However, the popularity of this plan is not surprising. Medicare Supplement Plan N offers great coverage for a low monthly premium.

While researching available plans, you may have heard this plan referred to as Medicare Part N. What people mean when they say Medicare Part N, Medigap Plan N, and Medicare Plan N are all the same thing, but the correct term is Medicare Supplement or Medigap Plan N. Remember that Parts refer to Original Medicare, and Plans refer to Medigap.

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Medicare Supplement Plan N Benefits

Similar to Medicare Supplement Plan G in many ways, Medicare Supplement Plan N offers major cost-sharing benefits to policyholders.

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These benefits include:

  • Medicare Part A coinsurance
  • Medicare Part A deductible
  • Foreign travel emergency care
  • Medicare Part B 20% coinsurance (Beneficiaries are responsible for a $20 copayment at doctor office visits and $50 copayments for emergency room visits if not admitted.)

If you live in a state that allows excess charges, you may be responsible for those charges. However, most doctors accept Medicare assignment, so excess charges are rare.

How Much Does Medicare Supplement Plan N Cost in 2022?

The average cost of Medicare Supplement Plan N in 2022 is around $120-$180 per month. However, there are many factors that determine premium cost. Premiums vary from one ZIP Code to another. Thus, in some areas, Medicare Supplement Plan N can be as much as $250 and in others, it can be as low as $80.

Your state of residence, gender, age, and tobacco use all play a part in determining your premium rates.

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Medicare Supplement Plan N Outline of Coverage Chart for 2022

Medicare Plan N Outline of Coverage Chart for 2022

How Much Are the Copays for Medicare Supplement Plan N?

In exchange for lower monthly premiums, you are responsible for a copay of $50 when visiting the emergency room (if it does not result in inpatient admission) and a $20 copay at the doctor’s office. Yet, if you visit an urgent care center, there is NO copay.

Thus, if you can’t get an appointment with your primary care physician instead of going to the emergency room over something minor, you can go to urgent care and avoid copays. Remember that these copays will NOT count towards the Medicare Part B deductible.

Medicare Supplement Plan N Rate Increase History

Alongside the factors that affect your monthly premium rates, the pricing method that your carrier uses can also impact your premium over time. According to csgactuarial.com, in the last five years premiums for Medicare Supplement Plan N increased between 2% and 4%. These increases are lower when compared to Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan G.

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As Medigap Plan N benefits are the same from carrier to carrier, it’s important to discuss with your agent rate increase history for the company you are considering enrolling with. Additionally, research carrier reviews for Medigap Plan N.

When Do I Enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan N?

During your Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment Period, you can enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan with no underwriting health questions. This period lasts up to six months following your 65th birthday.

Outside of this time frame, you can enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan at any time of the year by passing underwriting. Being subject to underwriting health questions means that any carrier could deny your application because of your health status.

Medicare Supplement Plan N Reviews

The feedback we hear from clients about Medicare Supplement Plan N is positive. As long as you are prepared for the small copays that come with this great coverage, Medigap Plan N is a great choice for you.

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Keep in mind, when researching reviews for a specific letter plan, make sure to focus on reviews about the plan benefits, not the carrier. Often, the negative reviews have to do with complaints about the carrier, not the plan.

FAQs

What is the difference between Medicare Supplement Plan N and Plan G?
Medigap Plan G covers Medicare Part B excess charges, which are not a concern in most cases but especially not if your state does not allow excess charges to begin with. Medigap Plan N also involves cost-sharing via copayments and coinsurance, which Medigap Plan G covers. However, premiums for Medigap Plan G are usually higher than those for Medigap Plan N.
What carriers offer Medicare Supplement Plan N?
Since Medicare Supplement Plan N is one of the most popular Medicare Supplement plans, the majority of the larger and better-known carriers offer it. Many of the lesser-known carriers also offer Medicare Supplement Plan N. Ultimately your choice of companies depends on your location.
Does Medicare Supplement Plan N cover the Medicare Part B deductible?
No, Medigap Plan N does not cover the Medicare Part B deductible. Coverage of the Medicare Part B deductible is known as first-dollar coverage which is discontinued for new beneficiaries. The only plans that cover this deductible are Medigap Plan C, Plan F, and High Deductible Plan F.
Is Medicare Supplement Plan N better than Medicare Advantage?
The answer to this question depends on your health care needs and financial goals. For people who don’t need to see doctors often and find Medicare Supplement Plan N to be out of their price range, Advantage can be the better choice. Yet, if you don’t want to deal with restrictive doctor networks, a Medigap plan such as Plan N will likely better suit your needs.
Does Medicare Supplement Plan N cover physical therapy?
If your doctor states physical therapy is necessary medically necessary, Medicare will cover physical therapy. Thus, Medigap Plan N will cover any out-of-pocket costs associated with your physical therapy services because Medicare Supplement plans must cover the remainder of what Medicare covers.
Does Medicare Supplement Plan N cover dental?
No, Medigap plans do not cover dental services. You will need to select a stand-alone dental plan to supplement your Medicare coverage.

How to Compare Rates for Medicare Supplement Plan N

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Our job is to keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest Medicare changes. You can depend on your agent and our client care team to help you manage claims and to make sure you have the best rate at all times.

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Jagger Esch

Jagger Esch is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ and the founder, president, and CEO of Elite Insurance Partners and MedicareFAQ.com. Since the inception of his first company in 2012, he has been dedicated to helping those eligible for Medicare by providing them with resources to educate themselves on all their Medicare options. He is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare.

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