There’s a major change to Medicare on the horizon that’s especially pertinent to potential Medicare Supplement enrollees: Medicare Plans C and F are going away. Together, these two plans account for over half (53 percent) of Medigap plans held in the United States. The question facing many soon-to-be or current seniors now is “How will this affect me?” Luckily, if you’re already enrolled in these plans, you won’t be greatly affected. If you’re not, you’ll still be able to get similar coverage. You’ll just need to look at other options.

What are Plan C and F?

Plans C and F are two of the most comprehensive Medigap plans available. What truly sets them both apart from the other plans is their coverage of the Medicare Part B deductible.

As for differences between the two, Plan F covers the Part B excess charge and Plan C does not. To learn more about what the different Medigap plans cover, check out “Medigap Plans: Is It Covered?

Why Is It Going Away?

In a concerted effort to reduce costs to the Medicare program and properly compensate doctors who accept Medicare assignment, Congress voted to eliminate “first-dollar coverage” with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Plans C and F are as popular as they are because they cover so much, and therein lies the problem. Since the first-dollar coverage encourages frequent doctor visits, the plan became expensive for Medicare and doctors. Meanwhile, critics of this move say it will cause seniors to seek medical attention less often, which may lead to even more expensive treatments later.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Beginning January 1, 2020, new Medicare Plans C and F cannot be sold or issued. The new law only effects new Medicare enrollees and seniors who aren’t already in the plans

Beginning January 1, 2020, new Medicare Plans C and F cannot be sold or issued. The new law only effects new Medicare enrollees and seniors who aren’t already in the plans, which means Plans C and F aren’t truly going away for everyone.

Even after the plans have been phased out, current enrollees in Plans C and F will be able to remain on their plans. If either plan sounds like something you’re interested in, you have until 2020 to enroll.

After the plans are eliminated, there are still options for similar coverage. Of all the Medigap plans, Plan G is perhaps the closest remaining Medigap option to Plan F. It covers everything that Plan F has, including the Part B excess charge, without the Part B deductible coverage. If you liked the look of Plan C, check out Plan D, which covers all the same things except the Part B deductible coverage.

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While two of the most popular Medigap plans are being phased out in a few years, you’ll still have plenty of options for coverage. Whether it’s in the form of a different Medigap plan or a different type of Medicare plan, you’ll be able to find the coverage you need. If you have further questions or want to explore your options, check out the Medicareful Plan Finder and connect with a local, licensed sales agent!