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Medicare Plan N vs Plan G – Which is Best?

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Comparing Medicare Supplement Plan G vs Plan N

Are you new to Medicare? Have you heard about the many plans available to purchase? Deciding which plan is right for you can be stressful. Don’t worry — you’re not alone. The good news is that Plan N and Plan G are two of the most popular plans (also known as Medigap plans). These plans are very easy to compare as they share most of the same benefits. 

In this review, we’ll explain several similarities and differences between these 2 popular policies. By the end, you’ll be a smarter Medigap shopper who will be able to make an informed choice about which policy to buy.

medicare supplement plans are STANDARDIZED!

IMPORTANT: Medigap policies are standardized throughout the country (except in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin). There are 10 plans that are labeled with a specific letter.
 
These plans are sold by private insurance companies. Not every company sells every plan letter and Medigap plans are different than Medicare Advantage plans. Since Medicare Supplement insurance plans are standardized policies, any policy type with the same letter has to provide the same benefits no matter the health, age or location of the beneficiary. That makes comparing policies simple.
 
In other words, a plan from Cigna has the same benefits as the same plan letter from Aetna or Mutual of Omaha.

Medigap Plan N & G Coverage

 
What do these policies cover?
As you can see from the chart above, both of these plans will cover most of the big time costs that are leftover from Original Medicare Parts A and B. 
 
However, neither of these plans cover the Medicare Part B deductible. Your Part B will cover your outpatient services. These Part B services cover visits to your doctor or physician’s office. Once you meet your policy’s deductible for the year, your policy will begin to provide coverage.

medicare supplement plan Comparison Chart

Medicare Supplement Benefits Plan G Plan N
Medicare Part A coinsurance & hospital costs (up to additional 365 days after medicare benefits are used Yes Yes
Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment Yes Yes
Blood (first 3 pints) 3 Yes Yes
Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment Yes Yes
Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance Yes Yes
Part A deductible Yes Yes
Part B deductible NO NO
Part B excess charges Yes NO
Foreign travel emergency (up to policy limits) Yes Yes

What are the Differences Between Medicare Supplement Plan N vs Plan G?

 
These plans provide many of the same benefits. However, G will provide you more protection, but Medicare Plan N may provide better value.

Plan G Covers:

Plan N Covers:

Medigap Plan N Does Not Cover:

Premium Cost Differences Of Medigap Plan G & Plan N?

 
Not only are there differences in coverage between these 2 plans, but the cost of these policies have shown a tendency to vary as well.
In some cases by a significant amount. Premiums for these plans will vary by the Medigap company that sells it.

Plan G may have higher monthly premiums than Plan N.

The reason it costs more is because it provides more coverage. Since it typically has a more expensive monthly premium, it actually may save you money in the long run.
For example, if you go to the emergency room a few times throughout the year, or if you need to visit your doctor’s office for treatment regularly, your out-of-pocket costs with Plan N could easily add up and cost you more overall.

For most of the country, Plan G will usually run about $20-25 more each month. If you’re in good health and shopping for the best overall value, it’s typically a good strategy to sign up for Plan N. It typically costs less, but often depends on your level of health even though it has a copay and you may be responsible for 15% in excess charges.

How Do I Change from One Medigap Plan to Another?

If you’re interested in switching from one Medigap plan to another, you’ll need to contact your current insurer and let them know that you’d like to cancel your current policy. You’ll then need to purchase a new policy from the insurer of your choice. Be sure to shop around and compare rates before making your decision, as there can be significant differences in cost between different Medigap plans.

If you’re currently enrolled in Medicare Plan F or any other plan, you can change Medigap plans at anytime. You can even change to a different company to save money. However, changing plans and/or companies may result in underwriting before you’re accepted into the new plan. Never cancel your old policy until you’re accepted into the new plan. There are a few situations when underwriting may not be required. For example, you may live in a state with a birthday rule, or you may qualify for a policy that’s guaranteed issue. Please make sure to work with an independent licensed broker like REMEDIGAP before making any changes.

FAQ

There is no simple answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors. However, in general, Plan G may be a better choice if you are looking for comprehensive coverage with low out-of-pocket costs. Plan G offers more benefits, but that comes at a cost. You typically get a plan that's priced higher when you get more benefits. Which is better Plan G or N? The plan that is best will depend on your coverage goals and budget.

It is one of the 10 Medicare Supplement policies available to beneficiaries. It is the second most popular options behind Medicare Supplement Plan F. However, now that Plan F is no longer available to new shoppers, it has become the most popular plan for new beneficiaries.

Plan N premiums usually costs less and it's often considered the top "value" plan that's currently available. Their benefits are not as robust as Plan G which is why it is usually has a lower premium. It's one of the 10 common Medigap plans available to beneficiaries. It is the third most popular plan.

Medicare Plan F used to be the most popular plan. However, it is no longer available to new Medicare beneficiaries who want Medigap. Now that Plan F is no longer available for new beneficiaries, the highest level of Medigap coverage that is currently available is offered by Plan G (followed by Plan N). If you like Plan F, then Plan G is the next best thing.

Medicare Plan N Vs Plan G

Which Medicare Plan Is The Best?

The best policy is the one that is going to meet your coverage, lifestyle and budget goals. Your situation is unique. 

Purchasing G may be the best choice if you don’t want to deal with copayments because you go to your doctor frequently. Your premium may be a little higher, but avoiding the hassle of copays may be worth it to you. However, you may want to choose Plan N if you’re in good health and looking to save money with a lower premium.

Choosing the right policy that meets your coverage goals may be a simple decision or more complicated than you thought it would be. It often depends on your current health profile as well as what your health will look like in the next few years and beyond.

Compare plan benefits

When you’re newly eligible for Medicare coverage and deciding which plan is best for your situation, you need to weigh the future. Your initial open enrollment opportunity to purchase your policy is not necessarily a “final” decision. You can always switch policies or carriers at anytime. However, you will have to undergo medical underwriting and answer medical questions. If you can pass underwriting and be “approved”, you will be able to change plans in the future.

To clarify, even if your current health dictates that you enroll in either plan, you need to think about your initial decision on a long-term basis. What policy you enroll in now, may be what you keep out of necessity, because you may have health problems or develop them in the future.

At REMEDIGAP, we’re your personal Medicare expert. We’re here to help you figure this all out. Comparing companies and all of these options can get pretty stressful. We hear it everyday how overwhelming it is shopping for the best insurance policies. Don’t worry, it’s why we’re here. We’ll make this process easy for you. We only work with top rated Medigap companies, and we work hard finding low premium options for our clients.

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