Los Angeles, CA, August 09, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Individuals can pay as much as 143 percent more for virtually identical Medicare Supplement insurance protection according to a study by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.
"While Medicare Supplement insurance policies are basically standardized, each insurer sets their own rates and the difference between the lowest and highest cost can be significant," explains Jesse Slome, director of the Association. The organization compared rates for both men and women age 65 who live in 15 of the latest U.S. markets.
The largest difference between the lowest available cost and the highest could be found in Manhattan (New York City). "The difference was 143.3 percent," Slome shares. The smallest difference was 12.9 percent for a 65-year old woman purchasing coverage in Jacksonville, Florida.
"There are many factors that insurers use to set policy costs, including costs for medical services and even State requirements," Slome noted. "For example, a male in Washington, D.C. could pay $122.80-per-month for a Medigap Plan F policy, while a male in Manhattan could pay $482.32 monthly."
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