Originally founded as a bank in San Francisco in 1904, TransAmerica has undergone several transformations to become the reputable insurance company it is today. Despite its long and storied history, the company only began offering Medicare Supplement plans in 2012 through its subsidiary, Stonebridge. In 2015, the Medicare policies were transferred to the TransAmerica name. At present, the company continues to grow its services and is now available in all states except New York and the District of Columbia.
TransAmerica is one of the lowest-cost providers of Medicare Supplement plans. So although they’re relatively new in the business, their rates and low annual rate increases make them a solid choice for budget-minded Medicare beneficiaries. Here are some pros of the TransAmerica Medicare supplement offerings:
Easy electronic application process
Policies issued in just a few days — no long waiting period
Pre-65th birthday enrollment discount
Unique underwriting process
Strong credit rating, which means they have a strong ability to repay any claims
Higher approval rates for high-risk applicants
No in-network requirements to worry about
When you apply within three months of your 65th birthday, you qualify for a discount through TransAmerica. That being said, your coverage only begins once you’re 65 years old and enrolled in Medicare Part B. If you choose automatic monthly premium payments, you may also qualify for further discounts.
You don’t need to worry about in-network care providers and doctors — TransAmerica accepts any provider, no matter the network. You also don’t need to worry about referrals. You can see any doctor that accepts Medicare.
Among all the great things that TransAmerica has to offer, there are some possible downsides to consider. The company has a strong financial reputation but there are better options out there.
They have been in the Medicare Supplement business for a little under a decade
Reports of below-average customer service
Higher approval rates for higher risk applicants
No online claims application; you must call customer service to file a claim