Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Private health insurance designed to supplement the coverage provided under governmental programs such as Medicare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A type of medical insurance for expenses not covered under Medicare.

Etymologies

Medi(care) or Medi(caid) + gap.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of Medicare and gap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Medigap is an additional 'private' policy one gets to cover (generally) the 20% that Medicare does not cover, and Medicare deductibles.

    Health care not easy

  • The extra insurance needed is often called "Medigap" or "Medicare supplemental insurance".

    Forbes.com: News

  • A: Yes, and it's called Medigap, which is private coverage that fills in the gaps of what Medicare does not pay for, usually deductibles and co-pays.

    IdahoStatesman.com News Updates

  • It also enables many of them to avoid having to buy so-called Medigap insurance to cover the gaping holes in traditional Medicare coverage.

    Starting to Heal This Sick Bill

  • Nonprofit in name only, "AARP is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company, employing a staff of 2,419 employees, (incurring) $1.16 billion in operating expenses and overseeing annual revenues (well above) $1 billion," around 60% of which comes from so-called Medigap supplemental insurance sales.

    AARP's Tradition of Betrayal

  • Seniors can also count premiums paid for private Medicare supplemental insurance policies (often called Medigap coverage) as medical expenses.

    Attention Seniors: Itemize Those Health Costs

  • Under current federal law, patients over age 65 can purchase secondary insurance known as Medigap to help cover these additional costs.

    The Political Briefing

  • Also known as Medigap insurance, these policies are sold by private insurance companies to fill in some gaps in the health care coverage you get from Medicare.

    The Dollar Stretcher Featured Content

  • In Georgia today, end stage renal disease (ESRD) and disabled patients under the age of 65 are unable to obtain secondary insurance, known as Medigap, to help cover medical costs not covered by the Medicare ESRD benefit, such as co-insurance, deductibles and co-pays.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • Often referred to as Medigap health insurance, it supplements coverage provided by

    Massachusetts Health Insurance

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