Medigap rates are easily accessible online in today’s era of modern technology. In year’s past, you would have to contact multiple insurance companies to get rates for their various plans. This could take days of work with little to no way to compare the plans directly against one another. Nowadays, getting rates is a 5-minute process.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that Medigap plans are Federally-standardized. That is, each company is required to provide the exact same coverage for “like” plans. A Plan F is a Plan F, no matter what company you get it from. Also, you must understand upfront that the plans do not necessarily change rates with the calendar year. In other words, there are not 2012 vs. 2013 rates in all cases. Some companies do manage their rates that way (i.e. with the calendar year) but the great majority do not. Since there is not an annual enrollment period for Medigap plans (common misconception) and you can change plans at any time, rates can also change at any time. When your rate changes, it is a good idea to re-evaluate to make sure you are getting the best “deal” since coverage is the same.
Now, once you understand those things – that coverage is standardized and that rates can change at any time – let’s talk about how to go about getting the best possible rate. As mentioned above, you can certainly call each insurance company that does plans in your state to get rates from them. However, this is not the best use of time and certainly not the easiest way to do it. A brokerage is able to help you compare multiple plan options in a centralized place and give you unbiased recommendations based on their clients’ experiences. Some, including Medigap-Quote.com, are able to do this all via email. This is all, of course, at no cost to you – in fact, you are paying for it as part of your premiums anyway, whether you realize it or not.
We would recommend doing a comparison of the available Medigap plans on an annual basis. This gives you the ability to insure that you are not paying too much for one of the standardized plans. Changing plans is very easy to do if you find that you can save money by doing so.
If you want a chart showing quotes for your age and zip code or if you have questions about this information, please call us at 877.506.3378 or request quotes at http://medigap-quote.com/get-quotes.