There are many Medicare Supplement companies that sell Medigap insurance. Medicare Supplement enrollment has been increasing over the years. According to CSG Actuarial, 14.1 million people have Medicare Supplement plans. The states with the most people enrolled are: Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The insurance companies with the largest enrollment are UnitedHealthcare®, Mutual of Omaha, Aetna and also Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Some insurance companies offer plans nationwide. For example, UnitedHealthcare offers plans in all 50 states. However, other companies offer plans on a regional basis. Medigap plan rates vary from state to state. For that reason, we strongly recommend consumers work with a knowledgeable insurance agent who can help provide the most current information on plans and rates. Rates can vary significantly from one insurance company to another.
Below are some of the more popular Medicare Supplement insurance companies that offer Medigap plans.
Plans are offered under AHIC – Aetna Health Insurance Company and also AHLIC – Aetna Health and Life Insurance Company.
ACI – American Continental Insurance Company.
Plans are offered under CHLIC Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company and also ARLIC American Retirement Life Insurance Company
CLI Continental Life Insurance Company
Besides rates, other factors to consider when comparing Medicare Supplement plans are:
- A.M. Best Rating
- Rate Type, for example, do they use Issue Age, Community Rated or Attained Age
- Also important, is the history of rate increases.
- In addition, other factors to consider are household discounts and policy fees
A.M. Best is an insurance rating company. They verify the financial strength of insurance companies. Most importantly, you do not want to choose a Medigap company that is not financially strong.
Issue Age – The premium is based on the age you are when you buy (are “issued”) the Medigap policy.
Attained Age – The premium is based on your current age (the age you have “attained”), so your premium increases as you get older.
Community Rated – Generally, the same monthly premium is charged to everyone who has the Medigap policy, regardless of age.
History of Rate Increases
You can compare rate history for the companies that you are considering. It could be a determining factor in selecting a plan. For example, we can provide you with a report detailing the history of rate increases.