Medicare Supplement Plan F Benefits

Christian Worstell
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  • Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) Plan F covers more benefits than any other Medigap plan, including the Medicare Part B deductible. Learn what benefits are covered by Medicare Supplement Plan F.

Medicare Supplement Plan F has been the most popular Medigap plan in recent years. So what does this plan cover that makes it so widely selected?

In short, Medicare Supplement Plan F  – also called Medigap Plan F – is the only type of Medigap plan that covers all of the benefits that can be offered by one of the 10 standardized Medicare Supplement Insurance plans that are available in most states. 

It’s important to note Plan F is no longer available to Medicare beneficiaries who first became eligible after January 1, 2020. If you were eligible for Medicare before 2020, you may be able to apply for Medigap Plan F if it’s available where you live. If you had Medicare Supplement Plan F before 2020, you can keep your plan.

Below is an overview of what is covered by Medicare Supplement Plan F, along with a few key things to know about this plan in particular and Medigap in general.

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What Does Medicare Supplement Plan F Pay For?

Medicare Supplement Plan F covers Parts A and B coinsurance and deductibles, hospice care, excess charges, and more. 

Medicare Part A Coinsurance

Medicare beneficiaries do not owe any Part A coinsurance for the first 60 days of an inpatient hospital stay during a Part A benefit period. But beginning with day 61, Medicare Part A requires a daily coinsurance of $408 per day in 2024. And beginning on day 91, that daily coinsurance goes up to $816 per day. 

Medigap Plan F covers those daily coinsurance requirements at 100%. 

In addition, Plan F covers Part A hospital benefits for another 365 days after your Medicare Part A benefits are exhausted. 

Medicare Part B Coinsurance

After first satisfying an annual deductible, Medicare Part B beneficiaries are typically responsible for coinsurance payments for 20% of the remaining cost balance for covered care.

Plan F fully covers Medicare Part B coinsurance payments. 

Part A Deductible 

Upon being admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, you’re required to pay a Medicare Part A deductible of $1,632 in 2024 before any Part A coverage takes effect.

You have to meet this deductible for every “benefit period,” which begins the day you are admitted as a hospital inpatient and ends once you’ve gone 60 consecutive days without inpatient care.

This means that you could potentially face more than one benefit within the same calendar year, and you would have to meet the $1,632 Part A deductible again each time before your Part A benefits would kick in. 

Plan F covers the Part A deductible in full, no matter how many times you may be admitted for inpatient care in same year. 

Part B Deductible

Medicare Part B beneficiaries have to pay a deductible of $240 per year in 2024 before Part B benefits kick in. 

Medicare Supplement Plan F covers the Part B deductible in full. 

Part A Hospice Care Coinsurance and Copayments

If you receive hospice, Medicare requires small copayments for drugs and other products used for pain and symptom relief, and you’re required to pay a Part A coinsurance charge for respite care. 

Plan F covers these coinsurance and copayment costs in full. 

Skilled Nursing Facility Care Coinsurance

There is no coinsurance requirement for the first 20 days of inpatient skilled nursing care you receive during each benefit period. But daily coinsurance payments of $204 are required for days 21 through 100 in 2024, and you’re responsible for all costs beyond 100 days. 

Medigap Plan F provides 100% coverage of this coinsurance. 

Part B Excess Charges

As long as a health care provider accepts Medicare assignment, they may only charge you up the Medicare-approved amount for their service or products.

There are certain providers and doctors, however, who don’t accept Medicare assignment, which means they’re allowed to charge you up to 15% more than the Medicare-approved amount for their services. This extra cost is called an “excess charge” and applies only to Medicare Part B services. 

Plan F covers Medicare Part B excess charges in full. 

First Three Pints of Blood

If you were to need a blood transfusion, you might be responsible for the cost of the first three pints and Medicare would cover the fourth pint and beyond. 

Plan F pays for the first three pints of blood on your behalf. 

Foreign Travel Emergency Care

There are only limited situations in which Medicare provides any coverage for emergency health care received outside of the U.S. or U.S. territories. 

But Medicare Supplement Plan F covers 80% of the cost of foreign emergency care, which is the maximum allowed for any Medigap plan. 

Does Medicare Plan F Cover Prescriptions?

Medicare Supplement Plan F does not cover prescription drugs. By law, Medicare Supplement plans do not cover prescription drug costs.

Medicare beneficiaries who want prescription drug coverage typically have two options:

Did Plan F Medicare Go Away in 2020?

Plan F is only available to beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicare before January 1, 2020. Anyone who became eligible for Medicare after that date is not allowed to enroll in Plan F.

If you had Medicare Supplement Plan F before 2020, you can keep your plan. If you became eligible for Medicare before 2020, you may be able to apply for Medigap Plan F if it’s available where you live.

Recent federal legislation dictated beneficiaries must responsible for paying the Medicare Part B deductible. Plan F and Medigap Plan C are the only Medigap plans to cover the Part B deductible, so those plans were closed off to new beneficiaries, while previous Medicare beneficiaries were grandfathered in. 

The idea behind the legislation is that when the Part B deductible is already covered, beneficiaries may be encouraged to overuse health care and flood the system with small and trivial things. 

When a person is forced to pay a deductible to see a doctor, they may think twice before scheduling an appointment for every cough or minor discomfort. 

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans 2024
Medicare Supplement Benefits A B C1 D F1 G K L M N
Part A coinsurance and hospital costs
Part B coinsurance or copayment 50% 75%
First 3 pints of blood 50% 75%
Part A hospice care co-insurance or co-payment 50% 75%
Co-insurance for skilled nursing facility     50% 75%
Medicare Part A deductible   50% 75% 50%
Medicare Part B deductible                
Medicare Part B excess charges                
Foreign travel emergency     80% 80% 80% 80%     80% 80%
1. Plans C and F are not available to new beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.
2. Plans F and G also offer a high deductible plan which has an annual deductible of $2,800 in 2024. Once the annual deductible is met, the plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the year. The high deductible Plan F is not available to new beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.
3. Plan K has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $7,060 in 2024. Plan L has an out-of-pocket yearly limit of $3,530 in 2024.
4. Plan N pays 100% of the Part B coinsurance, except for a copayment of up to $20 for some office visits and up to $50 for emergency room visits that don’t result in an inpatient admission.
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Medigap plans are standardized differently in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin. If you live in one of those three states, your Plan F benefits may look different than those described above.

Not every Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is necessarily sold in every area, and you may only enroll in plans that are offered in your coverage area. Medigap plan costs can differ by location, so Plan F sold near you may cost a different amount than Plan F sold in another part of the country, despite having the exact same coverage. 

You May Be Able to Consider High-Deductible Plan F

Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan G both offer a high-deductible option in some states. With this option, you must pay $2,800 worth of Medicare-covered costs in 2024 (such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance) before the Medigap plan will pay for anything. 

The benefit of selecting the high-deductible option is that it typically comes with much lower monthly premiums than the standard version of the plan. 

Plan F doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit, but there are two Medigap plans, Plan K and Plan L, that contain out-of-pocket limits. Once you reach that out-of-pocket limit for the year, the plans will pay for 100% of your covered services for the rest of the calendar year.

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

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