Medicare Supplement Plan F
Medicare Supplement Plan F
Plan F is the most popular Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Medicare Supplement plan. No other standardized Medicare Supplement plan offered in Illinois offers more complete protection for your uncovered Part B medical expenses than Plan F. It covers:
- Your $1,600 Part A deductible and coinsurance
- The cost of 365 extra days of hospital care during your lifetime after Medicare coverage ends
- Your Part B coinsurance and the cost of the first three pints of blood
- Medicare Part A hospital deductible and copayments
- Skilled nursing facility copayment
- Foreign travel emergency care
- $226 Part B Medicare deductible
- Part B doctor charges that are in excess of Medicare-approved amounts
There is also a BCBSIL Medicare-Select Plan F that offers the same benefits as Standard Plan F but provides costs savings by agreeing to use a Medicare Select participating hospital for non-emergencies. You may still see any doctor you choose with Medicare-Select plans. If your hospital is part of the Medicare Select network, the Med-Select plan is a good option to consider.
Plan F Benefits
|Benefit||What Plan F Covers|
|Part A Deductible
You may need this benefit if you have to stay in the hospital. The Part A deductible amount can change every year. You have to pay this deductible for each benefit period.
|Plan F covers 100% of the $1,600 deductible.|
|Part B Deductible
You may want to consider this benefit if you have Medicare Part B. Each year you must pay the Part B deductible before Medicare starts to pay its share. If you have this benefit, the Medigap plan would pay this amount each year.
|Plan F covers 100% of the $226 deductible.|
|Part B Coinsurance
Without this benefit, you generally pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for Medicare Part B covered services and supplies (like doctor services and outpatient hospital care). This benefit will help you to reduce your out of pocket after Part B deductible.
|Plan F covers all of the 20% remainder costs|
|365 Extra Days of Hospital Stay
After you use all Medicare hospital benefits, you can receive up to 365 more days for hospital stays during your lifetime.
|Plan F covers all of the costs for an additional 365 additional hospital days|
|3 Pints of Blood
The first 3 pints of blood or equal amounts of packed red blood cells per calendar year, unless this blood is replaced.
|Plan F covers all of the costs of 3 pints of blood per calendar year|
|Part B Excess Charges
Under federal law, doctors who don’t accept “assignment” (take Medicare’s approved amount as payment in full) may charge up to 15% more than the approved amount. You might want to think about this benefit if your doctors don’t accept assignment. You may also want this benefit if you have to stay in the hospital and can’t control whether the doctors you see accept assignment.
|Plan F covers 100% of the excess charges|
|Foreign Travel Emergency
If you travel outside the United States, this benefit could save you money for emergency care.
|Plan F covers 80% (after a $250 deductible) to a lifetime maximum benefit of $50,000.|
|Skilled Nursing Coinsurance
Medicare pays for the first 20 days of a skilled nursing facility. If you need to go to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) after a hospital stay and stay in the SNF longer than 20 days, this benefit begins.
|Plan F covers the remaining $194.50 per day for days 21-100. For days 101 and after, member is responsible for 100% of the costs.|
|Home Health Care
Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and certain other health care services you get in your home for the treatment of an illness or injury.
|Plan F covers the 20% remainder not paid by Medicare Part B.|
Plan F Rates
The following rates are for Illinois residents living in the following Counties:
The following rates are for Illinois residents living OUTSIDE the following Counties: