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How much does a Medicare Supplement Plan Cost In St. Louis, MO?


How much does a Medicare supplement plan cost in St. Louis, MO?  Well, that depends upon a variety of factors.  Generally, Medicare supplement plan monthly premiums run slightly higher in Missouri than they do in other surrounding states.  But there are other factors that have a far greater impact on price.

We will list the factors that impact the premium rates of Medicare supplement insurance.  They are ordered from the most significant impact, to the least:

  • Plan Type
  • Age
  • Company
  • Tobacco Use
  • Health Status
  • Region

Plan Type
The most significant factor is the plan type that you choose.  For example, the monthly premium of a plan type "F" is going to be significantly higher than the monthly premium of a "high deductible plan type F".  This is because each Medicare supplement plan type offers a different benefit structure.  All supplement plans are designed to cover medical costs that are not covered by traditional Medicare.  However, some plans pick up more medical costs than others.  These benefit differences are reflected in monthly premium.

Age
With very few exceptions, the older you are, the higher your monthly premium.

Good to know:  Keep an eye out for health plan discounts for using fitness technology like Fitness Trackers.  As technology makes data about the state of our health easily available, many insurers are starting to look at using tools like fitness trackers to minimize risk.  Some insurance providers currently offer discounts or incentive plans that will save you money, or provide financial rewards.
Ask a broker about plans that give discounts using new fitness technologies, or plans with health incentives.  One example is "UnitedHealthcare Motion" which offers financial reimbursement incentives of up $1,500 per year.  These types of plans provide good opportunities for savings.  Also, make sure to inquire about the possibilities every year, since these types of programs will become more common over time.

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Company
In St. Louis, Missouri Medicare supplement monthly premiums vary wildly depending upon which insurance company you buy the plan from.  The fact that plan benefits may be exactly the same, does not mean the monthly premium will be.  While traditional Medicare is a government program, Medicare supplement plans are offered by private insurance companies.  They get to set the pricing of the plans they offer.

Tobacco Use
Most insurance companies in Missouri will charge a slightly higher monthly premium for Medicare supplement coverage if you smoke or chew tobacco.

Health Status
In some cases, if you are not enrolling within the open enrollment - guarantee issue time frame for Medicare supplement coverage, some companies in Missouri will charge you a higher rate if you have specific medical issues.  Please contact us if you have questions concerning this.

Gender
Medicare supplement insurance plan rates in Missouri are affected by gender.  The monthly premium rates tend to be slightly lower for women than they are for men.

Region
The cost of your Medicare supplement plan can vary moderately dependent on where you live within the state.  There are a multitude of factors that impact this variance of pricing within Missouri.  Such factors include:  The regional costs of physician and hospital services, Fee schedule negotiated by the insurance companies for services.  Fee schedule negotiated by the insurance companies for prescription drug pricing.

On Average For 2020

On average, in St. Louis, Missouri, for a standard plan A, the average monthly premium for a 65 year old non-tobacco, female applicant would be: $132.00 - $209.00.
On average, in St. Louis, Missouri, for a standard plan A, the average monthly premium for a 65 year old non-tobacco, male applicant would be: $140.00 - $231.00.

Interesting Fact:  In studies, the artificial intelligence (AI) technology used in some online health services for preliminary screening before connecting patients with a doctor actually outperformed real physicians in terms of reaching an accurate diagnosis, CNN reported.  AI technology correctly diagnosed conditions in 81 percent of patients, compared to a 72 percent average for accurate diagnoses among real physicians over a five-year period.


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