Although the plans have several similarities, there is one key difference between Plan F and Plan G: With Medicare Plan F, you're getting the plan with the most coverage available. In addition to the above coverage, Plan F also covers Medicare Part B deductible payments. Plan G does not.
Is Medicare Plan G better than Plan F? Medicare Plan G is not better than Plan F because Medicare Plan G covers one less benefit than Plan F. It leaves you to pay the Part B deductible, whereas Medigap Plan F covers that deductible.
When it comes to coverage, Medicare Supplement Plan F will give you the most coverage since it's a first-dollar coverage plan and leaves you with zero out-of-pocket costs. However, when it comes to the monthly premium, if you think lower is better, then Medicare Supplement Plan G may be better for you.
With Plan F, the Medicare Supplement plan pays for the Part B deductible. Under Plan G, you are responsible for the Part B deductible only. Otherwise, all Part A deductibles, copays, and coinsurance are covered. Under Part B, after the deductible, the plan pays all other approved coinsurance and copays.
The only benefit Plan F offers that Plan G doesn't is coverage for the Medicare Part B deductible. Even though Plan G doesn't cover the Part B deductible, some Plan F options could have high enough premiums that the cost difference between Plan F vs. Plan G would be higher than the Part B deductible itself.
The reason Plan F (and Plan C) is going away is due to new legislation that no longer allows Medicare Supplement insurance plans to cover Medicare Part B deductibles. Since Plan F and Plan C pay this deductible, private insurance companies can no longer offer these plans to new Medicare enrollees.
Because it offers the most benefits, Plan F premiums are generally the most expensive. If you didn't become eligible for Medicare until 2020 or later, Plan F won't be available to you.
Two Reasons to switch from Plan F to G
Plan G is often considerably less expensive than Plan F. You can often save $50 a month moving from F to G. Even though you will have to pay the one time $233 for the Part B deductible on Medigap G, the monthly savings will be worth it in the long run.
Plan G covers nearly all out-of-pocket costs for services and treatment once you pay the Medicare Part B $233 deductible. This means you pay no copays or coinsurance. If you don't need that level of coverage, though, you might want a plan with less coverage.
Medicare Supplement Plan G covers your percentage of any medical benefit that Original Medicare covers, except for the outpatient deductible. So, it helps to pay for inpatient hospital costs, such as the first three pints of blood, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care.
As with other health insurance policies, premiums for Plan F are tax-deductible. However, people who became eligible for Medicare after January 2020 will be unable to purchase a Plan F policy.
Overview. Medigap Plan F is the most comprehensive Medicare Supplement plan. Also referred to as Medicare Supplement Plan F, it covers both Medicare deductibles and all copays and coinsurance, leaving you with nothing out-of-pocket. This post has been updated for 2022.
No plan completely replaces Medicare Part F, but the closest available is Medicare Supplement Plan G. Like Plan F, Plan G covers 100% of many benefits, including: Part A coinsurance and hospital costs. Part B copays/coinsurance (not deductibles)
You pay for Medicare-covered costs up to the $2,490 deductible (as of 2022) before the plan begins to pay for anything. If you currently have Medicare Supplement Plan F, you can switch to high-deductible Plan F by contacting your insurance provider.
Effective January 1, 2022, the annual deductible amount for these three plans is $2,490. The deductible amount for the high deductible version of plans G, F and J represents the annual out-of-pocket expenses (excluding premiums) that a beneficiary must pay before these policies begin paying benefits.
How much does Medicare Plan G cost? Medicare Plan G costs between $120 and $364 per month in 2022 for a 65-year-old. You'll see a range of prices for Medicare supplement policies because each insurance company uses a different pricing method for plans.
There are some differences between Plan F and Plan G. Plan F covers the Plan B deductible, and Plan G does not, but Plan F was phased out as of Jan. 1, 2020. Plan F is now available only to those who were eligible for Medicare before that date.
For 2020, the out-of-pocket cost before coverage kicks in for High-Deductible Plan F is $2,340. This deductible rises slightly every year – it was $2,240 in 2018 and $2,220 in 2017.
Medicare Supplement insurance Plan F offers more coverage than any other Medicare Supplement insurance plan. It usually covers everything that Plan G covers as well as: The Medicare Part B deductible at 100% (the Part B deductible is $203 in 2021).
As time goes on and the number of Plan F members decrease (especially when new enrollees can no longer purchase Plan F and, thus, increase the risk pool), it's expected for Plan F premiums to steadily increase.
However, as of January 1, 2020, Plan F was phased out, making it ineligible for new enrollees unless you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020. The only real difference between Plan F and Plan G is that Plan F covers the deductible for Part B, which is $170.10 in 2022.
Can't I just move from a Medigap Plan F to a Plan G with the same insurance plan? Yes, you can. However, it usually still requires answering health questions on an application before they will approve the switch.
If you already have Medicare Supplement Plan F (or Plan C, which also covers the Part B deductible), you can generally keep it. If you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, you may be able to buy Medicare Supplement Plan F or Plan C.