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A Medicare Advantage plan, or Medicare Part C, is an insurance plan that boosts what the Medicare program offers to hardworking Americans. By enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can obtain the benefits you deserve, such as:
The private companies that develop Medicare Part C plans offer a more comprehensive array of choices and means for customization.
Overall, Medicare Advantage plans provide options that are not always available through original Medicare. Depending on the circumstances, there may be many benefits and cost savings with Medicare Advantage compared to other options.
Medicare Part C plans differ by price and service features. Different plans include:
Some Medicare Part C plans serve a narrow group with a wide array of services aimed at their specific needs. Special Needs Plans for example, cover services for those with a common disease that requires treatment such as long-term care. They add specialists and medical resources tailored to their care needs.
Medicare Advantage and Medigap are different ways of controlling Medicare costs. Medigap policies often come at a high premium, and are sometimes underwritten for health conditions, depending on eligibility.
Medicare Advantage is the privatization of Original Medicare under a private insurance company. With Medicare Advantage, the benefits are paid for by the private insurer, and the plans must cover all benefits included in Original Medicare. However, unlike Medigap, Medicare Advantage plans can offer benefits beyond Original Medicare, such as dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Medicare Advantage can also include Part D prescription drug coverage, and are often a $0 or low-premium month to month.