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Medicare Supplement Insurance - What, Why and Who?

The main idea behind Medicare supplement insurance was to offer extra coverage above and beyond regular Medical care parts A & B for qualified people aged 65 and above or folks on disability under the age of 65.

Medicare Parts A & B are really good coverage on their own.

Part A helps pay for medical services while confined in a hospital setting and covers 80% of those services after a deductible is met ($1132 in 2011). The deductible is a "per benefit period" deductible which in most cases means you'll have to meet the deductible each time you have a hospital stay.

Medicare Part B helps pay for your outpatient medical services. This would include things like primary care and specialist physicians and lab work, x-rays, outpatient surgeries, emergency room visits, and most other medical services in which you don't have to spend the night in a facility. This works like Part A in that you have a deductible ($162 in 2011) and then Medicare pays 80% of most service…

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