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South Carolina Medicare Supplement (Medigap)

Last Updated on

October 6, 2016

Searching for Medicare Supplement plans in South Carolina? Let PlanPrescriber be your resource for South Carolina Medicare Supplement information and plan comparisons.

Learn about Medicare Supplement in South Carolina

As a South Carolina resident enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you might have the option to enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap or MedSupp) plan to cover the out-of-pocket costs that Original Medicare does not cover, such as deductibles, copayments. In most states, including South Carolina, there are up to ten standardized Medigap policy options, each labeled with a letter with all plans of the same letter offering the same benefits.

South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries may be able to choose from 10 standardized Medigap plans denoted by the letters A through N. These standard plans each provide the same set of benefits regardless of which company offers them (although some companies may offer additional innovative benefits), but the out-of-pocket costs associated with each may vary. Plans A through N cover at least a portion of the following set of standard benefits:

  • Hospital coverage after Original Medicare benefits run out, for a lifetime maximum of 365 days
  • Part A hospital coinsurance
  • First three pints of blood used in a medical procedure each calendar year
  • Hospice care

Medigap plans K and L require beneficiaries to pay higher out-of-pocket costs, but may have lower monthly premiums. These plans offer somewhat less coverage than the rest of the lettered Medigap plans. For example, Plan K only covers 50% of the cost of the first three pints of blood and Plan L only covers 75% of hospice cost-sharing. After you pay the yearly deductible the plan will pay 100% of Medicare-approved costs for the rest of the year.

Types of Medicare Supplement plans in South Carolina

Here’s a table listing the 10 standardized Medigap plans that may be available in South Carolina. An X in this table means that the service (or item) is 100% covered, while a percentage indicates what percent of the service/item is covered. A blank cell indicates the item or service is not covered.

Medicare Supplement Plans
Medicare Supplement Benefits A B C D F* G K L M N
Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to an additional
365 days after Medicare benefits are exhausted
X X X X X X X X X X
Medicare Part B copayment or coinsurance X X X X X X 50% 75% X X***
First three pints of blood X X X X X X 50% 75% X X
Medicare Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment X X X X X X 50% 75% X X
Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care coinsurance X X X X 50% 75% X X
Medicare Part A deductible X X X X X 50% 75% 50% X
Medicare Part B deductible X X
Medicare Part B ‘excess charges’ X X
Foreign travel emergency coverage (up to plan limits) 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80%
Medicare Part B preventive care coinsurance X X X X X X X X X X
Out-of-pocket limits apply**

 

*A high-deductible version of Medicare Supplement Plan F may be available in your area. The high-deductible Plan F requires you to pay a certain deductible amount before the plan begins coverage. This amount may change from year to year.
** Medicare Supplement Plans K and L pay 100% of covered services in the table above for the remainder of the calendar year, after you reach the out-of-pocket limits (including the Part B deductible).
***Medicare Supplement Plan N covers 100% of the Medicare Part B coinsurance, with the following exceptions: You might be responsible for a copayment of up to $20 on doctor visits and up to $50 on emergency room visits that don’t result in an inpatient admission.

Compare South Carolina Medicare Supplement Plans

Standard lettered Medicare Supplement plans in South Carolina include the same benefits no matter where you purchase the plan; for example, a Medigap Plan L in Augusta will have the same coverage as a Plan L in Columbia. However, premiums may vary depending on which insurance company is offering the plan and in what location.

Interested in signing up for a Medicare Supplement plan? You may want to decide which Medigap plan type(s) may suit your health and budget needs, and do a customized search (as described below) to find a Medicare Supplement insurance plan in your area.

Comparison shopping is easy when you’re looking for a Medigap policy in South Carolina. Just enter your zip code above for a list of plans available in your area.

For additional information about Medicare insurance in South Carolina, view the following articles:

 

Medicare Supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program.