Medicare Supplement Plan D
Medicare Supplement Plan D is an insurance plan that covers copays surrounding your Medicare-related healthcare services.
Original Medicare expects you to pay 20% of outpatient medical services and medical equipment.
If you don’t want to be on the hook for those expenses, a Medicare Supplement is a must.
What Medicare Supplement Plan D covers
Plan D covers 100% of:
- Medicare Part A coinsurance payments for inpatient hospital care for up to an additional 365 days after Medicare benefits are exhausted
- Medicare Part B copayment or coinsurance expenses
- The first three pints of blood used in a medical procedure
- Part A hospice care coinsurance expense or copayment
- Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance
- Medicare Part A’s deductible
It also covers 80% of a foreign travel emergency.
Is there a better Medicare Supplement plan available?
Some other Medigap plans cover the deductible Medicare Part B. However, if you turned 65 after January 1, 2020, NO plan that covers the deductible for Plan B is available to you.
Part B excess charges are also covered under some of the other Medigap plans.
However, for the price, Plan D offers pretty great coverage.
When you can enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan D
You can enroll once you have Medicare Part B. You will then have six months to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan with no health questions. This is a one-time open enrollment in which you cannot be turned down for any health conditions, be asked any medical questions, or be charged an additional premium for health reasons.
Technically, you can enroll at any time after you have Part B. However, if you sign up after your initial enrollment period, you will be subject to medical underwriting.