by Russell Noga | Updated January 11th, 2024
What happens to my Medigap plan if I move out of state? Can the provider end my policy?
Will I get Medigap coverage with another provider?
If you decide to move, you might be wondering about the changes you need to make to your Medigap coverage.
It depends on the type of plan and coverage you have.
Medigap Plans Offer Standardized Benefits Across All Carriers
Medigap plans come with standardized benefits regulated by the CMS, a federal agency. As a result, there’s complete consistency across all the plans offered by all providers.
All Medigap plans offer the following benefits.
- Part A coinsurance and hospital costs for up to 365 days after using Medicare benefits.
- Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment.
- Part B coinsurance or copayment.
- Blood transfusion costs for the first three pints of blood.
Plans F*, G, and N offer additional Medicare Parts A & B benefits.
- Part A deductible.
- Part B excess charges (Plan N doesn’t cover these charges).
- Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance.
- 80% of emergency healthcare costs when traveling outside the US for 60 days. ($250 deductible and $50,000 maximum apply).
- Unlimited coverage for all out-of-pocket costs.
*Plan F is the only policy offering coverage for the Part B deductible. However, you must be eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020, to qualify for this plan. If you have a Medigap plan, you can change to Plan F, but you might have to undergo Medical Underwriting if you switch.
Medigap plans don’t cover the costs of healthcare services unrelated to Part A & B expenses. For instance, there’s no coverage for preventative care, prescription drugs, long-term nursing care, private-duty nursing, or vision, dental, or hearing services.
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Can I Use my Medicare Part A & B Policies in Another State?
Which Medigap plan and the provider you use determines whether it carries over to your new state. Your Medicare Part A & B policies follow you to a new state.
Since they’re federally regulated plans, you’ll get the same coverage and the same Part B premiums in any state. Medicare doesn’t have coverage areas, and it serves all states.
However, you’ll have to update your mailing address with Medicare and let them know where you’re moving to ensure the continuation of your benefits.
What Happens to My Medigap Plan if I Move to Another State?
If you move to a new state, your plan will continue with no changes provided your healthcare insurer services that state and offers the same plan in that area.
For instance, if you have a Plan G policy with AARP in Arkansas and you move to California, you might have to pay a higher monthly premium on your Plan G policy, even if you stay with AARP.
If you’re moving to Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Massachusetts, it’s important to note that Medigap operates differently in these states. There is a difference in the standard benefits offered in Medigap plans and the structure of Medigap plans.
Call us today for help if you’re moving to a new state.
What States Allow You to Change Medigap Plans without Underwriting?
Some states allow you to change your Medigap policy without undergoing medical underwriting. The states allowing you to change your Medigap plan without undergoing medical underwriting include the following.
- New York
- Rhode Island
It’s important to note that restrictions or conditions might apply to your situation when changing plans. For instance, you might only be able to change plans during the annual enrollment period between October 15 and December 7. Contact a Medigap agent, and they can walk you through everything you need to know to change your Medigap plan or provider in any state.
How to Change Medigap Plans If You're Moving Out of State
In most instances, you won’t have to change your Medigap plan or provider when you move states. However, you may decide to do so if another insurer offers a cheaper rate on your current plan. Enrolling in a new plan before dropping your existing coverage and provider is a good move. Failing to do so could see the new provider require you to undergo a medical underwriting.
If you don’t have guaranteed issue rights, any new provider might decide to subject you to medical underwriting. So, if you have a plan with Aetna, and they offer the same plan in your new location, it might be a better move to keep your current policy.
If you were to switch to the same plan with another provider, you might not get the same rate. You might have to pay more, even if the average premium pricing in that area is lower than what you currently play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I keep my Medigap Plan if I move to another state?
Yes, you can generally keep your Medigap Plan if you move to another state. However, your premium might change based on the new location’s pricing. This varies by company.
Call Our Team If You're Moving State & Need Advice on Medigap Plans
If you’re moving out of state, call our team at 1-888-891-0229 for free advice on your Medigap plan. Our fully licensed agents offer free consultations and quotes on a new plan from a new provider. If you can’t speak to us right now, leave your contact details on our web form. We’ll get a Medigap expert to call you back.
Russell Noga is the CEO and Medicare editor of Medisupps.com. His 15 years of experience in the Medicare insurance market includes being a licensed Medicare insurance broker in all 50 states. He is frequently featured as a featured as a keynote Medicare event speaker, has authored hundreds of Medicare content pages, and hosts the very popular Medisupps.com Medicare Youtube channel. His expertise includes Medicare, Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Part D.