Medicare Supplements

United American has been a prominent Medicare Supplement insurance provider since Medicare began in 1966. Additionally, we’ve been a long-standing participant in the task forces working on Medicare Supplement insurance policy recommendations for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Products

When you become a United American policyholder, you gain freedom of choice. Our products allow you to keep your choice of trusted doctors and hospitals. 

Group Insurance

United American Insurance Company has been a market leader in providing insurance to employer and union group sponsors for 25 years.


United American has been underwriting life and health insurance since 1947. Thousands of independent agents/agencies have found success selling our life, health, and Medicare Supplement policies.


One of the many things United American is well-known for is our superior customer service. When it comes to your health, we believe education, service, and support are vital. With our experience and stability, we’re the Company that does what it says it will do.

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Because of our 50+ years of experience in providing life, supplemental health and Medicare Supplement insurance, United American offers superior customer service to both our agents and customers.  Never stress about your claim status with our online claim tracker. Need more help? Let one of our licensed agents assist you.


At United American, we only provide knowledgeable and licensed agents to service you. Say goodbye to wasted hours spent on hold and bid good riddance to talking to artificial intelligence. Hear a live voice or get one-on-one time with one of our licensed agents today.

Do I Need a Medicare Supplement Plan if I Have Medicaid and Medicare?

Do I Need a Medicare Supplement Plan if I Have Medicaid and Medicare?

What is Medicare and Medicaid?

Among government-funded health insurance programs, two to consider for Medicare beneficiaries are Medicare and Medicaid. But what exactly are they, and how do they differ?

  • Medicare

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years of age or older, certain people under 65 with disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).1 This federal government program has several parts, with the most frequently referenced parts being that of Original Medicare, Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage) and Part B (outpatient/medical coverage).2

  • Medicaid

    Like Medicare, Medicaid is a government program designed to help people pay for their medical costs. The primary difference in qualification being that Medicaid is designed to help pay medical costs for income restricted patients rather than provide coverage for a certain age group, disability, or ESRD.3 Each state has different rules about Medicaid eligibility, unlike Medicare – which is standardized. As such, income qualifications for Medicaid will vary by state.3

What is Medicare Supplement Insurance?

Medicare Supplement Insurance (also known as Medigap), is designed to help work only with Original Medicare.4 Medicare Supplement Insurance, unlike Medicare and Medicaid, is sold by private insurance companies, and helps pay for some of the remaining health care costs Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.4

The main reason people consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance policy comes down to the fact that one’s Original Medicare policy may not cover all health care costs.4 When facing deductibles and coinsurance in Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans can help Medicare beneficiaries cover costs where it’s needed most. Because there are a number of Medicare Supplement Insurance policies available to consumers on Original Medicare, it may be easier to find your metaphorical ‘glass slipper’ when it comes to getting additional coverage – turning your health care experience from a possible nightmare into a Cinderella story.

Do You Need Medicare Supplement Insurance if You Qualify for Medicare and Medicaid?

The short answer is no. If you have dual eligibility for Medicare and full Medicaid coverage, most of your health costs are likely covered.3 As a result, having a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan wouldn’t necessarily be beneficial to you, in fact, an insurance company is not allowed to issue a Medicare Supplement insurance policy to a Medicare beneficiary who receives full Medicaid health coverage! The purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to cover the cost left by deductibles and coinsurance in Original Medicare, but as full Medicaid coverage should cover the majority of those costs, a Medicare Supplement Insurance policy isn’t necessary.3

Find What’s Right for You

A number of factors influence your coverage eligibility and decisions. As such, it’s important to review your existing coverage before making a decision to enroll in any additional coverage options. Having a comprehensive understanding of what your coverage is and what you may need more of will help you make the best decision possible for your unique situation.

Your style is your choice. Shouldn't your doctor and your coverage be, too?

Learn more about Medicare Supplement insurance options.

1, What’s Medicare, 2020
2, Introduction to Medicare, 2020
3, Medicaid, 2020
4, What’s Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)?, 2020

Author: By the Globe Life Staff

Globe Life articles are researched, written, and edited by multiple members of the Globe Life staff including, Marketing Specialists, Content Writers, Product Experts, as well as Legal & Compliance Professionals.