Benefits of a Medicare Supplement Plan “D”


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The text in green is the benefit package for Plan “D”. The grey text is NOT part of the Plan “D” benefit package. The only difference between Plan “C” and Plan “D” is that we delete the Part B deductible. Plan “D” has been less popular than Plan “C”. Many companies do NOT offer it.


Basic Benefits

  • 1. Part A coinsurance. The Medicare supplement will pay the $322 per day coinsurance for days 61-90 of a hospital stay. The Medicare supplement will pay the $644 per day coinsurance for the 60 lifetime reserve days. The Medicare supplement will pay for 365 additional days of hospitalization after Medicare hospitalization benefits are exhausted.
  • 2. Medical expenses Part B: The Part B coinsurance is generally 20% of Medicare approved expenses. This includes the coinsurance for outpatient services and surgery. Plans K, L, and N require the Medicare beneficiary to pay a portion for the Part B coinsurance. ***Details below.
  • 3. Blood: The first three pints of blood.
  • 4. Hospice: The Medicare supplement pays the hospice coinsurance.

Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance

 

  • 1. Medicare pays 100% for the first 20 days for an approved stay for skilled nursing facility care.
  • 2. For days 21-100 Medicare will pay for an approved stay. There is a $161 per day coinsurance that the Medicare supplement pays. ***See below for Plans K and L.

 


Part “A” Deductible

 

  • 1. For 2016 the Medicare Part “A” deductible is $1,288 per hospital benefit period. The benefit period is for 60 days and begins after one’s discharge. The Medicare supplement could pay this benefit more than one time per year. ***See below for Plans K and L

 


Part “B” Deductible

 

  • 1. The Medicare Part “B” deductible is an annual $166 in 2016.

 


Part “B” Excess (100%)

 

  • 1. In general, if a Medicare Part “B” provider charges an excess above the Medicare approved amount, this benefit will pay that amount. Physicians may charge a maximum of 115% of the Medicare approved amount. These are known as non-participating physicians or physicians that do not accept Medicare assignment.

 


Foreign Travel Emergency

 

  • 1. In general, Medicare does not pay in foreign countries. One will pay the first $250 for Medical services. After that, the Medicare supplement will pay 80%, and the insured will have a 20% coinsurance. Usually one must pay his/her bill upfront and then bring the bills back to submit a claim.

 


Out-of-pocket limit

 

  • 1. For Plan K there is a maximum annual out-of-pocket limit of $4,940. The Medicare supplement will pay 100% after that limit is reached.
  • 2. For Plan L there is a maximum annual out-of-pocket limit of $2,470. The Medicare supplement will pay 100% after that limit is reached.

 


High-deductible Plan F

 

  • 1. High-deductible Plan F pays the same benefits as Plan F after one has paid a calendar year deductible of $2,180. This deductible is for what the Medicare supplement would have paid. Medicare still pays its part when one has high-deductible Plan F. After one has met the deductible, then the plan pays just like a regular Plan F.

 


***Details for Plans K, L, and N

 

  • 1. Plan K: Hospitalization and preventative care paid at 100%. Other basic benefits are paid at 50%. Pays 50% of the skilled nursing coinsurance. Pays 50% of the Part A deductible.
  • 2. Plan L: Hospitalization and preventative care paid at 100%. Other basic benefits are paid at 75%. Pays 75% of the skilled nursing coinsurance. Pays 75% of the Part A deductible.
  • 3. Plan N: The insured pays a maximum $20 copay for a doctor’s office visit and a maximum $50 copay for an emergency room visit.