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What is the Cost of Medigap Plans in Georgia?

In Georgia, what is the cost of Medigap plans? What do Georgia Medigap plans cover? Which companies offer Medicare supplement insurance? Is Medicare plan F the best? Should I buy a plan from Blue Cross or Mutual of Omaha?  FB Groucho Marx3


What is the cost of Medigap plans in Georgia?

Medigap rates are determined by many factors.

If you are turning 65 and ageing in to Medicare your cost of Medigap coverage is less than you would at age 70 or 75. (This is especially true with AARP United Healthcare rates).

Tobacco users pay more than non-tobacco users.

With most companies, men pay higher rates than women. Some carriers offer teaser discounts if you buy multiple policies. Others quote you low, introductory rates then zap you at each successive renewal.

In most cases you will pay more for a “name brand” carrier vs. one you may never have heard of before. But don’t let that stop you. All Medicare supplement plans with the same letter are required by CMS to offer the EXACT SAME COVERAGE, but they are allowed to charge you whatever price they want.

The carriers are allowed to charge more, or less, according to what the market will bear. But you don’t get a “better” plan by paying more. In most cases if you bought a “blue” plan, one from a mutual company or a plan offered by a large senior organization you paid too much.


Comparing plans in Hartwell, Georgia

Bill and Alice are turning 65 and looking at the cost of Medigap plans in their area. Specifically, they have asked about Medicare supplement plan F because that is what their friends have. They have also asked for rates from Blue Cross and Humana.

I never recommend plan F, and I never suggest buying from a name brand carrier. Even if you have money to burn, there is no need to pay more unless you just feel good about making the carrier and the agent wealthy.

Blue Cross rates for Bill are $176 a month, Humana is $175

Blue Cross rates for Alice are $176 and Humana is $168.

If they want Medigap plan F with either of those carriers I will be happy to assist. But I am obligated to tell them they can get the exact same plan for $40 – $50 less each.

They can save even more by picking something other than plan F.

If they follow my advice they will save well over $1400 per year.

Or they can listen to their friends, buy plan F from the Blue company, and fritter away $120 per month and have nothing to show for it. Pride and folly can be expensive.


What do Georgia Medigap plans cover?

All Medigap plans are standardized and the benefit structure is dictated by CMS. Georgia Medicare supplement plans are required to cover approved Medicare Part A and Part B approved expenses.

Medigap plan F covers 100% of approved Part A and B expenses. The 10 other plans available in Georgia pay something less than 100% but still deliver great value.

Over 90% of our clients have something OTHER THAN plan F and enjoy the savings.


Which companies offer Medicare supplement insurance?

There are more than 30 carriers that write Medicare supplement insurance in Georgia. Most seniors focus on the names they recognize and ignore the rest. In most cases they are paying more than they should without getting additional value.

We have been buying gasoline from Costco for several years now. Every time we fill up we save anywhere from $0.05 to $0.10 per gallon and sometimes even more than that. For every 15 gallons we average saving more than $1 per tank.

That may not sound like much but it adds up. Every dollar saved on a tank of gas is a dollar we can use somewhere else.

If you are like Bill and Alice and we could show you how to save $80 – $100 per month on the cost of Medigap coverage, would you be interested?

With over 170 different Medigap plans I know we can help you find a plan that fits your needs and budget. If we help you save over $500 a year then a few minutes on the phone with us was worth your time, right?


Who Has the Best Medicare Supplement Rates in 30252?

Seniors living in McDonough, GA want to know “Who has the best Medicare supplement rates in zip code 30252?”. The best Medigap rates are for those in good health. Save_Money_Button
Most of the time we save our clients over $400 per year by offering them the same plan but at lower rates.


Best Medicare supplement rates in your area

It doesn’t matter if you live in zip code 30252 or not. Georgia Medicare Plans has access to over 170 different plans and rates. We can almost always find you the same plan you have now but at a much lower rate.

In many cases we will suggest you trade up to a better plan where you can save even more money.


Medigap Plan F may not be your best choice

Most seniors we talk to have Medicare supplement plan F. They bought it because all their friends have it, or because that was the only plan the agent showed them.

Plan F is a great plan if you have money to burn.

Most of the people I know are living on a fixed income and have better things to do with their money than spend it all on Medicare insurance coverage.

If you want the best Medicare supplement rates in your zip code, and the best plan that fits your needs and budget, you probably don’t need plan F.

We have over 300 Medicare clients in Georgia but fewer than a dozen of them have Medigap plan F.


Save $400 or more every year with the best Medicare supplement rates

If you like plan F and want to keep plan F, we won’t argue with you. This is especially true if you live in zip code 30252.

A female, age 65, living in 30252 would pay $166 per month for a plan F from United Healthcare through AARP.

That same lady would pay Blue Cross $183 per month.

If she just wants to save money and keep her plan F she can have the EXACT SAME COVERAGE at rates starting at $129 per month for the best Medicare supplement rates in McDonough.

That’s a savings of $444 per year vs. AARP and $648 per year less than BCBSGA.

What would you do with that kind of savings?

Save even more with a Medigap copay plan. If you are willing to pay no more than $20 for doctor visits you can drop your monthly Medigap premium to $91 per month.


Start saving now!

Shop and compare up to 170 different Georgia Medicare plans. We help you find the best Medicare supplement rates in your area. Click the green button above and save!


Thinking About Dropping My Medicare Advantage Plan

I got a call last week from a lady who asked “I am thinking about dropping my Medicare Advantage plan. How do I do it?”. Ruth was in good health, but her husband was not. His Medicare Advantage plan drop my medicare advantagewas eating through their savings. To make matters worse, they were moving and there were very few participating doctors in the new town.

Medicare Advantage and Edsel have a lot in common.


Dropping my Medicare Advantage plan

Georgia seniors wanting to drop their Medicare Advantage plan is not uncommon. They get sucked into the low monthly premiums and it never occurs to them just how expensive Advantage plans are once their health changes.

Some automobiles enjoy a similar reputation.

Remember the Edsel?

Edsel was the car of the future. Ford introduced the Edsel in 1958 in hopes of capturing market share away from GM and Chrysler.

The Edsel never sold as well as anticipated (mostly because of mechanical problems) and was a money loser for Ford and the consumer as well. Other car companies had their failures, but the name Edsel became synonymous for failure.

That is not to say your Medicare Advantage is like an Edsel, but you have to ask why so many people are wanting to drop their Medicare Advantage plan and buy a Medigap plan?


Ruth and Jim’s Medicare Advantage Saga

Ruth and Jim live just north of Atlanta in Cumming. Both turned 65 last year and enrolled in Medicare. Money was tight. Jim’s health was OK but Ruth was in much better shape in spite of being a long time tobacco user.

Shortly after going on Medicare Jim  had a stroke. His Humana Choice Medicare Advantage that seemed like such a good deal was costing them a lot of money each month for out of pocket expenses.

As a result of his change in health they decided to move north about 30 miles to be closer to family and friends that could help with Jim’s care. It was about this time that Ruth started thinking about dropping Jim’s Medicare Advantage plan and getting back on original Medicare and a supplement plan.

medicare advantage junkThe REAL cost of his Medicare Advantage plan was a repeat of the Edsel.

Medicare Advantage looks great but is expensive to own.

The 30 mile move meant going from having several doctors in network to almost none. Traveling back to Cumming twice a week was impractical.

The problem for Jim was this. He was beyond his initial enrollment period and would have to go through medical underwriting if he wanted a Medigap plan.

Ruth had a Medigap plan through Colonial Penn and was paying about $60 more than she should. She was still within her initial enrollment period. Because of that there were a few carriers that would not charge her a smoker rate which would save her another $23 per month.

Jim could not pass medical underwriting, but he did have Medicare guaranteed issue rights since he was moving out of the Humana Choice service area.

But Jim faced another dilemma.


Medigap Guaranteed Issue Rights – Not as easy as it seems

Most carriers don’t want Medicare guaranteed issue business and they discourage agents from bringing in that kind of clients. In addition to having few carrier choices, there are only a handful of plans that are approved by Medicare for guaranteed issue. Most are the most expensive plans in Georgia.

When Ruth first called and explained the situation I listened closely and took very good notes. Most of her questions were easy but some hinged on getting very specific plan information from her regarding Jim’s Medicare Advantage policy.

Almost two weeks went by before Ruth was able to make the time to get plan details and call me back. I took more notes and called her back in 10 minutes with the good news.

Humana did in fact offer the Choice Medicare Advantage in their new area but it was a different plan with a much smaller network. The plan change meant Jim WOULD qualify for guaranteed issue.

The carrier with the best rate would take Jim but would not pay me anything for my time. I relayed that to Ruth and told her I was willing to work for free on Jim’s policy but I could only do that if she would allow me to move her coverage as well, saving her $83 per month for the EXACT SAME COVERAGE as she has now.

The applications would have to be submitted within the next two days or else the rates would change significantly.

Ruth wanted to think about it and promised to call the next day.


Ruth took a wrong turn that will cost them dearly in the long run

Instead of a phone call she sent me an email. In it she said they would be dropping Jim’s Medicare Advantage plan and picking up a Medigap plan F through a carrier that offered similar rates to the ones I quoted. She was also moving her coverage to the same carrier, also at a rate similar to my rate.

She thanked me for my time, and said the one thing that gave her courage to act was when I told her that all Medicare supplement plans with the same letter offered the exact same coverage but charged different premiums.

Yes, I did say that, and yes, it is true.

But that is only part of the story.

What she forgot was my word of caution about buying strictly on price.

She purchased plans through a relatively new carrier in the Medicare supplement market. Even though the company is more than 100 years old, they entered the Medigap market a year ago.

Ruth doesn’t know that.

I never recommend a plan from a carrier that has less than 3 years experience in the Medigap market. The Medicare supplement market is littered with carriers that entered with a ridiculously low rate (and sometimes liberal underwriting) only to withdraw from the market a few years later.

Seniors that bought the low entry rate soon found out with each renewal that the deal they got wasn’t so great after all.

Each renewal was 15 – 20% higher than the year before. Every year the premiums became less affordable.

Policyholders that were healthy enough to qualify for coverage with a different carrier moved on.

Those who were not healthy either dug deeper in their pockets and paid the premium or dropped coverage altogether and just had original Medicare.


Medicare Advantage and the Edsel

Medicare Advantage plans look sleek and sexy, just like the Edsel, but when it comes to a long term relationship they are very costly.

When you think “Should I be dropping my Medicare Advantage plan and buying a Medigap plan” you are probably too late to do anything. When you shop and compare Georgia Medigap plans you could make the wrong choice by either paying too much, or not paying enough.

With more than 170 Medicare supplement plans in Georgia, how do you know which one is right for you.

You don’t.

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How Do I Find the Best Medicare Supplement Plan in Georgia?

Looking for the best Medicare supplement plan in Georgia? Where to start? How much will it cost? How can I save money but still have the best Medigap plan?


The best Medicare supplement plan in Georgia

The best plan is the one that meets your needs and budget. best medicare supplement plan

All Medigap plans assigned the same letter are identical in every way. Medicare says it. Look it up.

Every way except the premium you pay.

Over half the seniors that have a Medigap plan choose plan F.

Almost 3 out of 4 Georgia seniors buy their coverage from Blue Cross, AARP (United Healthcare) or the “Mutual” company.

Did they get the best Medicare supplement plan in Georgia?

No, they simply followed the crowd.

My mother used to say “If Greg jumped off a cliff would you want to also?”.

Just because your friends bought plan F from a “big name” carrier doesn’t mean it is the right choice for you.


Four things  you need to know about Medigap plans

Medicare supplement plan F is the most expensive plan available in Georgia.

Plans offered by the top 3 Medigap carriers in Georgia are some of the most expensive plans.

The more you pay for your plan the more money the carrier and the agent make off your monthly premium.

When you pay more you don’t get more, you simply paid too much.


So where do you start your search for the best Medicare supplement plan in Georgia?

You start where you are right now.

FB Groucho Marx3Bob Vineyard and Georgia Medicare Plans have access to over 170 different Medicare plans and rates. That’s a bit overwhelming.

But you don’t have to call insurance carriers or invite agents into your home. We shop the market for you and show you the best Medigap plans available based on your needs and budget.

And you can do this on your time frame, in the comfort of your home.

I don’t have to come to your home. You won’t have to come see me.

How easy is that?

I have been doing this a long time. This is not a hobby or sideline for me. This is the way I earn my living.

Two things happen when I treat you right.

You save money every month (unless you decide to follow the sheep).

We both sleep better at night.

You get to count your money saved rather than counting sheep.


How do you shop for the best plan?

It depends.

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