The year 2013 is sure to bring about some changes in Medicare supplement plans, leaving many seniors concerned for their future.
It is said that the federal government is planning to cut down on expenses, as the climate in the U.S regarding health compensations is under political pressure. These changes are estimated to be minor, but they are leaving a thin air of anxiety among Medicare enrollees.
A budget has been submitted by President Barrack Obama specifying that there will be a reduction of 27 percent in private health care providers, if the outdated schedule of reimbursements is not modified. This cut may lead to limiting the intake of patients by Medicare, which is indeed a concern for seniors.
Medicare supplemental plans that are bought in order to bridge the gaps left uncovered by Medicare Plan A and Medicare plan B are expected to face an additional surcharge of almost 15% average to the Medigap premium. Thus those enrolling for Supplemental plans would need to shell out more premium dollars from their own pockets.
The California health authorities advocate that the additional surcharge on Medigap policies would be terrible for consumers. The current beneficiaries are those near retirement age are not bothered about paying the surcharge.
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with an expected downfall in the number of enrollees for Medicare supplemental policies, the private Medicare supplement companies also face the problem of having fewer consumers. The companies that are sell Medicare supplement plans would need to try and reform their policies and increase their benefits, if they really want to keep their consumers intact.
With the American President committed to preserve and strengthen Medicare, the rates for getting the Medicare supplemental plans are sure to offshoot. There is an estimated increase of $25 in average deductible amounts for new enrollees.
There is an estimation of almost 15 percent in the premium amount for new beneficiaries apart from the surcharge that would be added extra. So in total, one can expect a hike of 30 percent in the normal rates of supplemental plans.
The coming year of 2013 will prove a year of ball and chain for those who intend to support their original plans with a Medicare supplement plan and for the companies that are into the business of providing supplemental plans as they would have a lesser number of consumers to target. The rates, being the main factor, will definitely create a wave of concern.