A change in Medicare law scheduled for 2020 is creating confusion today.
Volunteer counselors from Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health
Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can help.
SHIIP provides free, unbiased information about Medicare and Medicare supplements,
which help pay for coinsurance, copayments and deductibles on Medicare-covered
services. Counselors see clients by appointment in Great River Health
Systems’ Volunteer Services office.
If you own a Medicare Supplement C or F plan before Jan.1, 2020, you don’t
have to replace it. These plans will become unavailable only to people
who become eligible for or enrolled in Medicare after that date.
SHIIP counselors statewide have been answering questions about the change
in Medicare supplements plans sold by private insurance companies to fill
the gaps in traditional Medicare plans (Pars A and B).
SHIIP has been seeing items claiming Medicare Supplements Plans C and F
will become unaffordable in 2020, so people should switch now. Medicare
supplement plans have changed over the years, but the Iowa Insurance Division
has never seen rate spirals in the Medicare supplements market.
SHIIP counselors can answer questions and review policies to ensure clients
get the most from their Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans. To make
an appointment, please call (319) 768-3342.