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Medicare Supplement Summary:

Medicare Insurance provides good coverage.  The monthly rate that would be withheld from your social security checks is only $58.70 per month in 2003).  The amount of coverage offered by Medicare is one of the greatest bargains today. 

However, Medicare doesn't cover everything. It has gaps in its coverage, some of which could be devastating to an individual whom becomes sick and does not have a Medicare Supplement/Medigap insurance plan.

Three of the most serious gaps are:

(1)   The Part A (Hospital) deductible of $840 (in 2003) per incident that must be paid when a beneficiary enters a hospital.

(2)   The Part B Coinsurance of 20 percent that must be paid when the beneficiary receives Medicare benefits outside of a hospital.

(3)    Coverage for prescription drugs. You can read more about Medicare’s gaps by clicking on this download.

·         Guide To Health Insurance For People With Medicare (“Choosing A   Medigap Policy”).

·        Do I Really Need a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Policy?

Ten Standard Medicare Supplement Plans and Medicare Select. In 1992, the Utah State Department of Insurance (DOI) standardized the Medicare Supplement plans sold in Utah. They determined that

(1)   Only ten plans (Plans A - J) could be offered.

(2)   Each of the plans would have specific benefits

(3)   Regardless of which company sold the plans, the "A - J" plans sold by one insurance company would have exactly the same benefits as the "A - J" plans sold by another insurance company. All companies selling Medicare Supplement plans in Utah were required to sell Plan A, but they had their choice of selling any or all of the remaining nine plans. Subsequently, the DOI approved the sale of several additional types of Medicare Supplement plans in Utah, including Medicare Select insurance plans, and High Deductible plans F and J.

Distinct Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah Advantages. When it comes to Medicare Supplement plans Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Regence BCBSU, has distinct advantages not enjoyed by other insurance companies:

  1. They pay most of the Medicare Claims in Utah. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah pays most of Medicare's Part A and Part B claims in Utah. This has enabled them to set up trouble-free systems that automatically coordinate the processing of Medicare claims with Medicare Supplement claims. Because they are the payer of Medicare's benefits you can enjoy smooth, efficient and hands-free processing of both your Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims.
  2. Local Company - Local Offices. There's nothing quite like being able to visit the local office of the company that processes your Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims. Their offices in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo provide you with the opportunity of sitting down with our trained Customer Service employees to discuss any questions or concerns about your Medicare or Medicare Supplement coverage.
  3. Worldwide Name Recognition. Wherever you travel, your Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah ID card will be instantly recognized and honored.

Other Regence BCBSU Advantages. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah offers many other advantages to purchasers by their Medicare Supplement plans:

  1. Freedom of Choice. You have the freedom to choose your hospital, your doctor, and your specialist, all without a referral. You can choose the Medicare Supplement plan that meets your specific needs. You can choose from one of the ten Standard Medicare Supplement plans from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah or choose one of the Medicare Select plans from Regence HealthWise. This gives you more choices than almost all other health insurance companies.
  2. No copays. You'll never have a copay with the Regence BlueCross BlueShield Medicare Supplement or BlueSelect plans. And if you choose the appropriate plans, you'll have no deductibles or coinsurance either.

Their Medicare supplement plans offer a comprehensive network of providers, including 100 percent of Utah hospitals and more than 96 percent of physicians and practitioners.

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