You do have some guarantees.
New laws protect Medicare beneficiaries who lose their health coverage. Under certain circumstances, you have sixty-three (63) days to purchase Medicare supplement insurance with no health questions asked. Details for each are described below:
If you lose your coverage for one of the following reasons, you will be eligible to return to Original Medicare and purchase a Medicare supplement policy (Plan A, B, C, F, K or L) from any company selling these policies in Kansas.
- The MA terminates or stops providing care in your area.
- You move outside the MA service area.
- You leave the plan because it failed to meet its required obligations to you.
If you decided to try an MA plan or Medicare SELECT policy, drop your supplement policy, and then decided you don't like it, you may return to your original Medicare Supplement policy if you meet these requirements:
- This must be the first time that you enrolled in an MA plan or Medicare SELECT plan.
- You must decide to leave the plan within one year after joining.
- You must apply for the Medicare Supplement policy within sixty-three (63) days after leaving the other plan.
If you meet these requirements, you can return to your original Medicare supplement policy, if it is still offered, or choose from policies A, B, C, F, K or L.
If you lose employer group health plan benefits: Under certain circumstances, if you are enrolled as an employee under a group health plan and the plan terminates your health benefits, you have the right to purchase a Medicare Supplement policy (Plans A, B, C, F, K or L) from any insurance company selling these policies in Kansas. If you apply within sixty-three (63) days from losing coverage, the company is required to issue you the policy, even if you have a health problem.
If you lose Medicare Supplement coverage: If you lose your Medicare Supplement coverage for one of the reasons shown below, you will be eligible to purchase another Medicare Supplement policy. (Plans A, B, C, F, K or L) from any insurance company selling these policies in Kansas. If you apply within sixty-three (63) days from losing coverage, the company is required to issue you the policy.
- Insurance company is insolvent or bankrupt
- Involuntary termination of coverage or enrollment
- Company substantially violates material provision of the policy
- Representative of the company materially misrepresents policy provisions in marketing the policy.
If you lose your Medicaid: If you lose eligibility for health benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicaid), you are guaranteed any Medicare supplement offered by any issuer if you apply within 63 days of loss of eligibility.