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  • Updated: May 23, 2023
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What Is Medigap Plan L and What Does It Cover?

Medigap Plan L is one of eight Medicare Supplement insurance plans available for newly eligible Medicare enrollees. It helps cover your out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare – both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Most Medigap plans pay 100% of the costs they cover. But Medigap Plan L will pay 75% of covered costs once you meet your Part B deductible — $226 for 2023.

What Medigap Plan L Covers
  • 100% of your Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to an extra 365 days after you have exhausted your Medicare benefits
  • 75% of the following Medicare costs until you hit your annual out-of-pocket limit:
    • Medicare Part A deductible
    • Medicare Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment
    • Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment
    • First three pints of blood for medical procedures each year
    • Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance
  • Once you meet your Part B deductible and your plan’s annual out-of-pocket limit ($3,470 for 2023) Plan L will pay 100% of remaining costs Medicare does not pay on above-listed costs
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Because Medigap Plan L provides less coverage, it can cost less. It would be best to compare Medigap plans to see which is best for your health and financial situation.

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Medigap Plan L doesn’t cover all out-of-pocket costs related to Original Medicare. There are some expenses you’ll still be responsible for even if you reach your plan’s out-of-pocket limit.

What Medigap Plan L Does Not Cover
  • Medicare Part B medical insurance deductible
  • Medicare Part B excess charges — the amount over the Medicare-approved cost that doctors or other health care providers can charge you (up to 15% in most states)
  • Costs for emergency medical services you receive while traveling in a foreign country
  • Prescription drugs you take at home
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Hearing aids or hearing care services
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

If you want prescription drug coverage, you can add a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to Original Medicare.

Most Medicare Advantage plans also include a Medicare Part D plan. Medicare Advantage plans may also cover dental, hearing and vision care. You cannot have both a Medicare Advantage plan and a Medigap plan at the same time.

Both Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans are sold through private insurers.

How Much Does Medigap Plan L Cost?

Medigap Plan L, like all other Medigap plans, is also sold through private insurers.

You will pay a monthly premium for Medigap Plan L in addition to the premiums you pay for Original Medicare and any Medicare Part D plan you may have. These monthly premium costs do not apply toward your yearly out-of-pocket limit for Plan L.

Rates and plan availability may vary depending on the insurance company selling Medigap policies and where you live.

Medigap Plan L Costs
  • Your annual out-of-pocket limit – $3,470 in 2023
  • Monthly Plan L premium (does not apply toward your annual out-of-pocket limit)
  • Medicare Part B deductible – $226 in 2023 (does not apply toward your annual out-of-pocket limit)
  • Medicare Part B excess charges you may have to pay (up to 15% in most states)
  • 100% of emergency medical services you need while traveling outside the United States
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

What Is the Biggest Difference Between Medicare Plan L and Plan K?

The biggest difference between Medigap Plan K and Plan L is that Plan L pays a higher percentage of covered costs and has a lower out-of-pocket limit than Plan K. Both plans are similar in that they are the only two Medigap plans that do not pay 100% of covered out-of-pocket expenses.

Medigap Plan K vs. Plan L
Medicare Part A deductible50%75%
Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs up to 365 days after Medicare benefits are used up100%100%
Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment50%75%
First three pints of blood per calendar year50%75%
Medicare Part A hospice coinsurance or copayment50%75%
Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance50%75%
Out-of-pocket limit for 2023$6,940$3,470
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Medigap Plan L offers a little more protection and typically has a higher monthly premium than Medigap Plan K. It is probably best suited for someone who only has minor health problems and lives in a state that doesn’t allow excess charges.

Last Modified: May 23, 2023

9 Cited Research Articles

  1. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2022, September 30). K & L Out-of-Pocket Limits Announcements. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/medicare/health-plans/medigap/kandl
  2. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2022, September). National Medicare Handbook. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/publications/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf
  3. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2022). Costs. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/basics/costs/medicare-costs
  4. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2022, September 27). 2023 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles 2023 Medicare Part D Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2023-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles-2023-medicare-part-d-income-related-monthly
  5. Bunis, D. (2022, May 11). Medigap Plans Help Bridge Gap of Original Medicare Costs. Retrieved from https://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2017/choosing-right-medigap-plan.html
  6. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services. (2022, March). Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People With Medicare. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20230314223405/https://www.medicare.gov/sites/default/files/2022-03/02110-medigap-guide-health-insurance.pdf
  7. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services. (2021). Getting Started With Medicare. Download. Retrieved from https://cmsnationaltrainingprogram.cms.gov/sites/default/files/shared/2022_2023_Getting%20Started%20With%20Medicare_Temp.pptx
  8. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services. (n.d.). How to Compare Medigap Policies. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/how-to-compare-medigap-policies
  9. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services. (n.d.). What’s Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)? Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/whats-medicare-supplement-insurance-medigap