Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

Why You Need a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan

Medicare is a federal program to help older Americans and some disabled Americans pay for the high cost of health care. However, Medicare was never intended to cover all your healthcare costs. So even if you’re covered by Medicare, you are still responsible for a large portion of your health care costs. That’s where a BCBS Medicare Supplement or senior Medicare Supplement Plan can help.

What Medicare Doesn’t Cover

Medicare does not cover all incurred healthcare costs. Medicare coverage consists of:

Part A (which covers hospital and skilled nursing facility care), and;

Part B (which covers doctor bills and other medical expenses).

Even with Medicare Part A and Part B coverage, you’re responsible for some out-of-pocket expenses including:

(Here are the 2024 deductibles):

Part A hospital deductible ($1,632)

Part B deductibles ($240)

Copayments for hospital stays over 60 days

Care in a skilled nursing facility after 20 days

Twenty percent coinsurance for doctor bills and other medical expenses

Medicare supplement plans pay for additional expenses. By law, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans are standardized into twelve plans. That means Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F* from one company must include the same benefits as the same plan from another company. While the benefits must be the same, each company’s rates, reputation, membership features, and quality of service can vary. With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, you don’t have to sacrifice comprehensive benefits or freedom of choice for affordability.


Guaranteed acceptance with no health questions asked

Freedom to choose any doctors or specialists

Coverage with domestic travel

Guaranteed renewability regardless of changes in your health

Coverage guaranteed to match Medicare’s cost increases year after year

Blue Extras Member Discount Program includes discounts on wellness products and services including vision, fitness clubs, weight management, complementary alternative medicine, hearing, and more.


Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan Basic Benefits


Part A coinsurance plus coverage for 365 additional days after Medicare benefits end.

Medical Expenses

Part B coinsurance (generally 20% of Medicare-approved expenses), or in the case of hospital outpatient department services under a prospective payment system, applicable copayments.


First three pints of blood each year.

Premier Plans

Of all available standardized plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G* offer the most complete protection for uncovered Medicare Part B excess charges. These are the most popular plans because they also pay the Medicare Part A hospital deductible and copayments, skilled nursing facility copayment, and foreign travel emergency care.

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F also covers the Medicare Part B deductible.

Budget-Conscious Plans

Medicare Supplement Insurance High Deductible Plan F*

Features a $2,800 annual deductible (2024) before plan benefits begin

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan N*

Features an office visit and emergency room copayment applicable to each visit

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan K* and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan L*

Feature cost-sharing for covered services under Medicare Part A and Part B. Once your annual out-of-pocket expenses reach the required limit, the plan pays 100% of covered expenses for the remainder of the calendar year.

Medicare Supplement Plan F and High Deductible Plan F are only available to those individuals who turned 65 before January 1, 2020.

Part B Medical Excess

Part B Medical Excess covers charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts. Only Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F, Medicare Supplement Insurance High Deductible Plan F, and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan G cover these charges. For all other plans, you are responsible for paying excess charges. In no case can a provider charge more than 115% of the Medicare-approved amount.

Skilled nursing coinsurance

Medicare pays the first 20 days of treatment in a skilled nursing facility, and an annually adjusted per diem for the 21st through 100th day. Plans with this benefit pay an additional annually adjusted per diem for the 21st through the 100th day.

To receive any skilled nursing facility benefits, you must meet Medicare’s requirements:

You were admitted to a hospital for at least three days

You were admitted to a Medicare-approved skilled nursing facility within 30 days of leaving the hospital.

Foreign Travel Emergency

Medically necessary, foreign travel emergency care services begin during the first 60 days of each trip outside of the United States. All plans offering this benefit require you to pay a foreign travel emergency deductible and a percentage of costs after the deductible is met.

Preventive Care

Preventive Care covers some annual physical and preventive tests and services administered or ordered by your doctor when not covered by Medicare.

Reduced Premium Medicare Select Option

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans F, G, K, L, and N Med-Select options offer the same solid benefits as the “standard” plans but cost less. You’ll save on premiums simply by agreeing to use any of the Med-Select participating hospitals for non-emergency elective admissions. If you do not use one of these hospitals for your non-emergency admissions, you pay the $1,632 Part A deductible. Med-Select is not an HMO. With Med-Select, you are fully covered for emergency care at any hospital, and you can choose your doctors and specialists.

Med-Select is available in specific geographic areas only; you must live within a 30-mile radius of a Med-Select participating hospital.

What Are My Plan Options and Coverage?

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico are outlined in the table below. Each plan offers a different set of benefits.
Basic Benefit OptionComprehensive Plan OptionInnovative Plan OptionBudget-Conscious Plan Options
Plan APlan GPlan G PlusHigh Deductible Plan G 3Plan N
Basic Benefits

copay applies 4

Skilled Nursing
Part A Deductible
Part B Excess 1
Foreign Travel Emergency Care 2
Dental Benefits
24/7 Nurseline
Vision Benefits

Plans F and High Deductible F3 are also available but only if you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020. Blue Cross Blue Shield® and the Cross and Shield Symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

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