Written by Ari Parker — Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Medicare Supplement plans are a popular option for Original Medicare beneficiaries because they help cover the 20% of costs that Medicare doesn’t pay. These plans are often also called Medigap plans because they help “fill the gaps” in Original Medicare coverage.
Some Medicare beneficiaries choose to leave Original Medicare and enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Unlike Medicare Advantage plans, having Original Medicare + Medigap doesn’t:
In the rest of this guide, we’ll cover the details of how much Medicare Supplement plans cost in Florida, what the best Florida Medicare Supplement plan is, and how you can be sure you make the right choice for your unique needs.
There are ten types of Medicare Supplement plans available to Florida residents. There are also high-deductible versions of two plan types (F & G). Each of these plans covers some of the costs of Medicare out-of-pocket expenses. Plan G is generally considered the best Medigap plan because it’s the most comprehensive. (Plan F has slightly more coverage, but is not an option for those who turn 65 after January 1, 2020). Consult this chart to see what each specific type of plan covers.
For new Medicare beneficiaries who don’t have Medigap Plan F as an option, Plan G is the “best” Medigap, in that it provides the most coverage. Which plan is right for you, depends on a number of other factors, including your financial situation.
There are 30 Medigap Plan G policies in Florida, with premiums ranging from $167-$1,261. These Plans are offered by 29 insurance carriers, including State Farm, Florida Blue, Humana, and Wellcare. (Data from 2023.)
There are multiple factors that can affect the cost of a Medicare Supplement plan. For all Medigap plans in Florida in 2023, premiums range from $51/mo for a high-deductible Plan G, to $1,727 for the highest cost Medigap Plan F. Below, you’ll find the price range for each type of Medigap plan as well as information about the factors that can affect your monthly premium (data from medicare.gov - 2023).
|Medigap Plan Type||Premium Range|
|Plan F-high deductible||$51-$723|
|Plan G-high deductible||$51-$897|
Personal factors that may affect a plan’s cost:
Plan factors that affect cost are:
The community-rated pricing structure may also be called no age-rated. Policies with these pricing structures have the same monthly premiums for everyone who’s on the policy, regardless of age. If you’re on a community-rated policy, your premium will not increase as you age.
The issue-age-rated pricing structure may also be called entry age-rated. Policies with these pricing structures determine premiums based on the age you are when you first enroll. This means premiums are lower for individuals who joined the plan when they were younger. If you’re on an issue-age-rated policy, your premium will not increase as you age.
Attained-age-rated policies base premiums on your current age (the age you’ve “attained”). The premiums you see for these types of plans may be the lowest. Just remember that your premium will increase as you age.
Medicare plans are standardized. That means that one Plan G will be identical to another, even if the insurance carriers or premiums are different. Once you’ve chosen a plan that best fits your health and financial needs, you should focus on two things:
Our Florida Medicare Advisors are here to help you get the most from Medicare. Your Advisor will pay special attention to your healthcare needs, including your preferred medical providers and prescriptions. We’ll then work with you to choose and apply for the best Medicare coverage for your personal needs.