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When to buy a Medigap Plan

Buy a policy when you're first eligible in Beckley West Virginia and surrounding areas: 

The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during your 6-month Medigap open enrollment period. During that time you can buy any Medigap policy sold in your state, even if you have health problems. This period automatically starts the month you're 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). After this enrollment period, you may not be able to buy a Medigap policy. If you're ready to buy one, it may cost more.

During open enrollment: 

Medigap insurance companies are generally allowed to use medical underwriting to decide whether to accept your application and how much to charge you for the Medigap policy. However, even if you have health problems, during your Medigap open enrollment period, you can buy any policy the company sells for the same price as people with good health.

Outside of open enrollment:

If you apply for Medigap coverage after your open enrollment period, there's no guarantee that an insurance company will sell you a Medigap policy if you don’t meet the medical underwriting requirements, unless you're eligible due to one of the situations below.

In Beckley West Virginia and surrounding areas, you may be able to buy another type of Medigap policy called Medicare SELECT. If you buy a Medicare SELECT policy, you have rights to change your mind within 12 months and switch to a standard Medigap policy.

Please contact us if you need more information on a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan. We are located in Beckley West Virginia or call us at 304-252-6568