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Coinsurance

An amount you may be required to pay as your share of the costs for services after you pay any deductibles. Coinsurance is usually a percentage (for example, 20%).

Copayment

An amount you may be required to pay as your share of the cost for a medical service or supply, like a doctor’s visit or a prescription. A copayment is usually a set amount, rather than a percentage. For example, you might pay $10 or $20 for a doctor’s visit or prescription.

Deductible

The amount you must pay for health care or prescriptions, before Original Medicare, your prescription drug plan, or your other insurance begins to pay.

Excess Charge

If you are in Original Medicare, this is the difference between a doctor's or other health care provider's actual charge (which may be limited by Medicare or the state) and the Medicare-approved payment amount.

Guaranteed Issue Rights (also called "Medicare Supplement Protections")

Rights you have in certain situations when insurance companies are required by law to sell or offer you a Medicare Supplement policy. In these situations, an insurance company cannot deny you a Medicare Supplement policy, or place conditions on a Medicare Supplement policy, such as exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and cannot charge you more for a Medicare Supplement policy because of a past or present health problem.

Guaranteed Renewable

A right you have that requires your insurance company to automatically renew or continue your Medigap policy, unless you make untrue statements to the insurance company, commit fraud or don't pay your premiums. This term is interchangeable with the term "non-cancelleable".

Medicaid

A joint Federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Medical Underwriting

The process that an insurance company uses to decide, based on your medical history, whether or not to take your application for insurance, whether or not to add a waiting period for pre-existing conditions (if your state law allows it), and how much to charge you for that insurance.

Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C)

A type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.

Medicare-approved Amount

In Original Medicare, this is the amount a doctor or supplier that accepts assignment can be paid. It includes what Medicare pays and any deductible, coinsurance, or copayment that you pay. It may be less than the actual amount a doctor or supplier charges.

Medicare Cost Plan

A type of Medicare health plan. In a Medicare Cost Plan, if you get services outside of the plan’s network without a referral, your Medicare-covered services will be paid for under Original Medicare (your Cost Plan pays for emergency services, or urgently needed services).

NEITHER STATE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY NOR ITS MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE POLICIES ARE CONNECTED WITH OR ENDORSED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND A LICENSED AGENT MAY CONTACT YOU.

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