Your Rights with a Medigap Plan
Medigap Made Easy
Welcome! We Know Medicare is Confusing! Let Us Help! Ashford Insurance is an independent insurance agency specializing in the Medicare market. As an independent agency, we have the freedom to offer any Supplement or Medicare Prescription Drug product from any company. After reviewing all of your doctors and prescriptions, we can give you a true and unbiased opinion.
Here at Ashford Insurance, we represent several of the major carriers for Medicare Supplement plans (aka Medigap policies) and Medicare Part D drug plans. We will help you find the plan that suits your health care needs, and your financial budget as well.
Our goal here at Ashford Insurance is to ensure you understand your options in the Medicare marketplace. We know that this can be a very tedious endeavor and every individual is different; having access to major carriers is the only way to determine what level of coverage will best suit your needs.
Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for All Texans Age 65 and Older
The open enrollment period for Medicare supplement insurance plans (Medigap) is a six-month period during which you may buy any plan offered in Texas. During this period, companies must sell you a policy, even if you have health problems. The open enrollment period begins when you enroll in Medicare Part B. You must have both Medicare Parts A and B to buy a policy. You can also switch to another policy during this six-month period.
Open Enrollment for People with Disabilities or Illness
People who are under age 65 get Medicare because of certain illnesses or disabilities also have a six-month open enrollment period beginning the day they enroll in Medicare Part B. This open enrollment right only applies to Texas Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan A.
Also, people who have Medicare because of disabilities will have another open enrollment period during the first six months after they turn 65.
Guaranteed Issue (GI)
You may have the right to buy a Medicare Supplement insurance policy outside of your open enrollment period if you lose certain types of health coverage. This is called a guaranteed issue. For people over the age of 65, the guaranteed issue right applies to Plans A, B, C, F (including Plan F with a high deductible), K, and L.
Texans who are under the age of 65 with disabilities who enroll in Medicare Part B have guaranteed issue rights, but only for Plan A.
The guaranteed issue right is good for 63 days from the date coverage ends or from the date of notice that coverage will end, whichever is later. Companies may not place any restrictions, such as preexisting condition waiting periods or exclusions, on these policies.
Confused? Many People Are. It can seem overwhelming when trying to plan your future coverage and sort through the many options, especially since the choices you make can have a significant effect on your health care and your financial well-being.
Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that you understand your healthcare options. Choosing the right plan is the single most important decision you’ll make for your future health. As a licensed Medicare supplement insurance agent in the state of Texas, we work with many TX health insurance carriers and will be your advocate in dealing with them. Our broker and consultant services are offered at no cost to you.
At Ashford Insurance, in Hurst, TX, we connect our clients with the best personal insurance companies in the industry. As an independent insurance agency, our options are unlimited when it comes to your coverage. We serve individuals and businesses in D/FW and its surrounding areas in Texas.
When you work with us, our experienced agents will help you find the right match for your insurance needs. We serve clients in need of personal insurance policies or coverage for their businesses. Our goal is to help you find the insurance plan that serves you best, so we give each client dedicated attention from start to finish.
For more information about your rights, read Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare.
Sarah began working in the healthcare industry in 2001, where she worked for many years with elderly Alzheimer and Dementia patients. From there she worked as a Group Benefits Administrator with a local healthcare company in the Human Resource Department for a period of 10 years. Since then, she has decided to work in the Medicare insurance industry full time and has joined the family business, Ashford Insurance, as a Medicare Insurance Agent.
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