Medicare


Everybody knows there’s something special about turning 65. For most of us, it’s when we qualify for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors. But for many Montanans, Medicare is only part of the picture of covering your healthcare costs as you age. Montanans can also buy a supplemental insurance policy to cover expenses that Medicare doesn’t– like deductibles and your share of doctors or hospital bills. Some Montanans choose to buy a Medicare Advantage plan, which rolls the services provided by Medicare Part A and Part B into one plan administered by a private health insurance company.

Add it all up and there’s a lot to consider as you approach 65.


Medicare


We get a lot of questions from Montanans navigating their way through Medicare. To help Montanans understand all their retirement insurance options — and how to plan for them — we wrote “The Road to Medicare: Planning Your Drive to 65.” We also compiled our Top Eight Questions below:

Most people will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A; if you are not working, you should enroll in Part B three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday or up to three months after your birthday.
Check with your benefits administrator at work to determine if your employer health plan requires you to enroll in Part B; you may be able to delay enrolling in Part B without penalty until you retire.
You can, but the new plan or company may not write a policy for you if you have any serious health conditions. As a result, you may have a waiting period for pre-existing conditions.
Open enrollment lasts for 6 months beginning on the first day of the month in which the individual is 65 years of age and enrolled in Medicare Part B.
Some individuals may qualify for coverage with a Medicare Advantage Plan. The companies that offer Medicare supplement policies to people over age 65 also offer coverage to those under age 65 in certain instances. For a list of companies that offer this type of insurance, see our Medicare Supplement Rate Guide.
The State of Montana operates a free help program to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families understand and enroll in Medicare programs. Called the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (or SHIP), this state-wide program offers trained, in-person assistance throughout the state. Call 1-800-551-3191 for more information or check out the SHIP website.
You have the right to buy Medicare Supplement Plans A, B, C*, D*, F*,G*, K, or L that’s sold in Montana by any insurance company. *Note: Plans C and F will no longer be available to people who are new to Medicare on or after January 1, 2020. However, if you were eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, but are not yet enrolled, you may be able to buy Plan C or Plan F. People eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020 have the right to buy Plans D and G instead of Plans C and F. You must apply for a Medicare Supplement policy no later than 63 calendar days from the date your coverage ends.

Medicare Supplement Insurance


Medicare is divided up into parts. Each part covers different services and carries different out-of-pocket costs for you. You can buy insurance that fills in the gaps. Confused yet? Don’t worry. We write a shopper’s guide every year with up-to-date figures about changes in Medicare and what you can expect to pay for out-of-pocket care. We also regulate all Medicare Supplement insurance sold in Montana and publish a yearly price comparison booklet where all plans sold in Montana are compared side-by-side. You can find all of these resources below.

Montana also offers trained, in-person assistance at locations throughout the state to answer questions you can’t answer on your own.

The Benefit Chart of Medicare Supplement Plans is available here from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, beginning on page 52.


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The annual premium rates listed in these rate guides reflect data from surveys completed annually by the insurers. Only those insurers who respond to the survey are included in this guide. Premium change requests submitted after the publication date are not reflected in this guide. Premium changes occur throughout the year and are applied to your policy generally at your renewal date. For the most specific and accurate information, please contact the individual insurance companies.

Medicare Supplement Static Price Comparison


This guide is a static pdf that gives you an idea of the premiums in Montana. You are able to compare rates by age or by plan.

Rates by Age for ages under 64-69 are available here.
Rates by Age for ages 70-79 are available here.
Rates by Age for ages 80-89 are available here.
Rates by Age for ages 90-99 are available here.

Medicare Supplement Interactive Price Comparison Tool


Click HERE to use the interactive premium comparison tool. You can select specific demographics and plan options that best fit you. You can also view premium increase history, download rates in Excel, and take screenshots of the rates. Click the ⓘHow to button in the guide to help you navigate.

Interactive Rate Guide FAQ


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