Supplemental insurance covers expenses not normally paid for by insurance and may pay you cash when you cannot work.
There are 5 types of Supplemental Insurance policies sold in Florida, including:
- Critical Illness
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Hospital Indemnity
Types of Supplemental Insurance
Aside from Medicare Supplemental policies, there are three other types of supplemental health insurance that can be bought in Florida. These supplemental policies may be available through your employer or you may purchase them directly from a licensed Florida health insurance agent.
1. Vision Insurance
Vision insurance covers expenses related to normal eye protection and health including optometrist visits, choice of eyewear, some elective surgical procedures and more. Vision policies are relatively inexpensive in Florida.
2. Dental Insurance
Many dental expenses are not covered by normal health insurance policies (nor by Medicare) and that is why you may want a dental plan.
Dental Insurance fills the gap and pays for things like teeth cleaning, bite-wing x-rays, dental examinations, discounts for cosmetic procedures such as caps and teeth whitening and more. Dental plans are also relatively inexpensive to purchase. You can purchase a dental plan all year long, there is not a specific annual enrollment period.
3. Critical Illness Insurance
Critical illness insurance, also known as disease-specific insurance, is meant to ease the financial burden of a serious illness such as a stroke or cancer.
Critical illness policies provide a lump-sum cash benefit to pay for additional costs that are related to an illness but are not covered by your health plan or disability plan.
Depending on the policy, the coverage may be used to pay for:
- out-of-network specialists
- travel and lodging
- experimental treatments
- in-home assistance
- living expenses including your automobiles, utilities, and food
4. Accident Insurance
There are two kinds of accident policies: Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D) and Accident Health Insurance. These two plans are often combined and sold together. It is important to speak with a licensed Florida insurance agent because plans, policies and coverage options vary by state.
An accidental death and dismemberment policy pay a lump-sum cash benefit if you are the named beneficiary of someone who dies in an accident. It may also pay a smaller amount if the person did not die but lost a limb, eyesight, or suffered paralysis. AD&D insurance doesn’t pay for deaths related to illness, suicide, or natural causes.
Accident health insurance, sometimes called an “accident hospital indemnity” policy, pays for medical costs resulting from an accident that is not covered by your regular health insurance. These policies often also cover the costs of extended home care service and travel and lodging expenses for family members.
5. Hospital Indemnity Insurance
Hospital Indemnity Insurance, also known as “Hospital Confinement” insurance, provides a cash benefit if you are confined to a hospital due to an illness or serious injury. The cash benefit is paid out in one lump sum or as a periodic payment. The payout may not begin until after a waiting period.
Similar to other types of supplemental insurance, the additional coverage is meant to help you pay for services and items not covered by your regular health plan.
These plans are different and not to be confused by the Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans. The name may have supplemental in it, but that is the only thing in common. Here is a brief description of what a Medicare Supplemental plan is and read more in our Medigap section.
Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap)
One common type of supplemental insurance is called Medigap for our seniors. It is sold by private insurance companies and by their licensed agents to the seniors in Florida.
Original Medicare, which includes Part A (Hospital) Insurance and Part B (Medical) Insurance, pays for many health-related services and medical supplies – but it doesn’t cover everything.
You can purchase a Medicare Supplemental Insurance policy to pay for the 20% coverage gaps that are not paid for by Medicare such as co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles. Together, these can add up to very large out-of-pocket expense, especially if you are hospitalized or need skilled nursing services.
Some Medicare Supplemental policies will also pay for health services outside the United States and will cover preventive services not covered by Medicare.
If you are in Original Medicare (Parts A and B) and have a Medigap policy, Medicare first pays its share of the Medicare-approved amounts for your covered health care costs, then your Medigap policy pays its share as a secondary coverage.
The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during your 6-month Medigap open enrollment period because you can buy any Medigap policy sold in your state even if you have health problems. This period automatically starts the month you turn 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part B, and once it’s over, you can’t get this guarantee of acceptance again.