Benefits that go beyond your regular Medicare.

Medicare Supplements (also known as Medigap) pays benefits in addition to your original Medicare and help to pay for your out-of-pocket healthcare costs such as co-pays, hospital visits, doctor’s office visits and more. Medicare recipients can literally save thousands of dollars if they have the right Medigap plan in place. While most Medigap plans work much like a regular PPO, it can be difficult to select the right plan.  We can help you understand and sort through the maze of options to secure the plan that best fits your healthcare needs and budget.

Note you must be enrolled in Medicare to purchase a Medicare Supplement.  While you can buy one any time of the year, it’s advantageous to do so during open enrollment to skip medical underwriting.

What is Medicare?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services.

Learn more about Medicare by clicking on the toggles below.

Medicare Parts A & B

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)

Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

Part B covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

Medicare Part C (Advantage Plans)

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.

Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)

Part D adds prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. These plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage Plans may also offer prescription drug coverage that follows the same rules as Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

When Can You Sign Up For Medicare?

To sign up for Medicare Parts A & B, most will have a 7 month period that begins 3 months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.

When open enrollment is closed, there are special circumstances in which one may qualify to enroll outside of the enrollment period. Listed below are the qualifying events:

  • You are turning 65
  • You move to a new area that is not in your current plan’s service area
  • Recently moved back to the US
  • You lose your current coverage (either Group or Medicaid)
  • You now need a SNP (Special Needs Plan) or you no longer need a SNP

Medicare is complex. We suggest you call our office for more information.

  • Medicare Open Enrollment
    OCT 15 – DEC 7

Note:  By providing information via our contact form, you agree that an authorized representative or licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you by telephone, email or mail to answer your questions or provide additional information about Medicare Supplement/Medigap Plans.


Benefits:  The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits and may contain inaccuracies. For more information contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.
Agent:  Northwest General Insurance and Financial Services is a licensed insurance agency authorized to market Medicare health plans.  This is a solicitation for insurance.  Please note you have no guarantee issue. Offerings of insurance are made based only on submitted applications.

Neither Northwest General Insurance and Financial Services, nor its agents, are connected with the Federal Medicare program.