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Medicare Advantage by State

Did you know the Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) program is available in almost every state, and lets you get your Original Medicare benefits through a private, Medicare-approved insurance compan

What are the Pros and Cons of Switching to a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C, makes it possible for people with Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) to receive their Medicare benefits in an

About Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans

What is a Medicare Advantage plan? If you currently are enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you can choose to enroll in Medicare Part C, more commonly known as Medicare Advantage. M

What does Medicare Part C Cover?

Medicare Part C is another name for Medicare Advantage. Medicare Part C is administered by private insurance companies contracted with Medicare. Medicare Part C covers everything that Original M

What Are the Pros and Cons of Medicare Advantage vs Original Medicare?

In some ways, Medicare Advantage is very similar to Original Medicare. Both give you basically the same set of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Hospice benefits come directly from Part A eve

Medicare Advantage PPO Plans

What is a Medicare Advantage PPO plan? A Medicare Advantage PPO plan*, or a Preferred Provider Organization plan, is available through a private insurance company contracted with Medicare to prov

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans

Special Needs Plans are a type of Medicare Advantage plan that limits enrollment to Medicare beneficiaries who meet certain eligibility criteria. These plans cater their benefits to serve the uniq

Zero-Dollar Premium Medicare Advantage Plans

A “zero dollar” premium Medicare Advantage plan may seem too good to be true, but they do exist. Medicare Advantage plans cover what Medicare Part A and B cover, and also may include extr

Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans: Private Fee-for-Service, HMO, and PPO

Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service (PFFS), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans are all different types of Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advan

Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Dental Services?

There are some shortcomings in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage, including most care for your teeth. Original Medicare doesn’t cover most routine dental care such as cleanings, f

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Can I Change Medicare Advantage Plans Anytime

If you’re not satisfied with your Medicare Advantage plan, there are opportunities to change it. You can generally only change Medicare Advantage plans during certain enrollment periods. Can

Who Qualifies for Medicare Advantage Plans?

Since Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies, some people may worry that they won't qualify for Medicare Advantage plans. Qualifying for a Medicare Advantage plan

Can You Have Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicaid Together?

It's possible to have Medicare and Medicaid at the same time. That's called being "dual eligible." If you're a dual-eligible beneficiary, what if you want to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan

Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Acupuncture?

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may be desperate to find effective treatment. If you’re wary of the side effects of prescription painkillers, you might be interested in acupuncture. Ac

How Do I Pick the Best Medicare Advantage Plan for Me?

Are you looking for a Medicare Advantage plan? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that 21,327,223 people were enrolled in Medicare health plans such as Medicare Advantage na

What is Medicare Part C

Medicare Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, is a way to get your Medicare benefits from a private insurance company approved by Medicare. Medicare Part C plans cover everything that Origina

What Are the Costs for Medicare Advantage Plans?

If you’re considering Medicare Advantage, the cost of Medicare Advantage plans may be a key deciding factor in which option is best for you. There are several factors that go into Medic

Medicare Advantage MSA Plans

What is a Medicare Advantage MSA plan? Medicare beneficiaries have the option to enroll in a Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan. Medicare Advantage MSA plans (or Medicare Part C MSA plans) combin

Medicare Advantage PFFS Plans

What is a Medicare Advantage PFFS plan? A Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan, or PFFS, may be more flexible than some Medicare Advantage plans, both for you and for the plan itself.

The Different Types of Medicare Advantage Plans

If you have Medicare Part A and Part B, you may have the option to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) is an alternate way to receive your Medicare Part A a

Compare Medicare Advantage Plans

You may have decided you want a Medicare Advantage plan because you like the security of having a plan with an out of pocket maximum or you are seeking extra benefits. The availability of Medica

Can My Medicare Advantage Plan Deny My Coverage?

Some people – especially those with health problems – live in fear that their health insurance companies might deny them coverage, or charge huge amounts of money. What about Medicare Advant

How Do You Compare and Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Medicare Advantage (Part C) is a popular alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). When you buy a Medicare Advantage plan, you don’t lose any benefits you’re entitled to under

Additional benefits being added to Medicare Advantage plans in 2020

Summary: Medicare Advantage plans now offer more and more extra benefits to Medicare beneficiaries including non-medical transportation, meal delivery, and a visit to a nutritionist, among others.

10 Things to Know About Medicare Advantage Plans

If you’re eligible for Medicare, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan offered by a private insurance company. Here are 10 things to know about Medicare Advantage plans. 1. M

How Do Medicare Advantage Plans Work?

Maybe you have a friend or family member who has a Medicare Advantage plan, or maybe you’ve seen an infomercial for Medicare Advantage on TV. You might be curious about Medicare Advantage covera

How Do I Enroll in Medicare Advantage Plan

You could have been excited to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan when you heard that they may have more benefits and lower out of pocket costs than Original Medicare. Here’s a few things to

Understanding Medicare Advantage Premiums

Summary: Medicare Advantage premiums may be different from plan to plan. Take note that the plan with the lowest premium is not always the lowest-cost plan. Since Medicare Advantage plans are o

What is Medicare Advantage Plan?

When it's time to choose your Medicare coverage, you have two main options: Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or Medicare Advantage. Most people are familiar with Original Medicare, but you

Does Medicare Cover My Spouse if I Get a Medicare Advantage Plan?

If you've chosen Medicare Advantage for your Medicare coverage, you may be wondering if your spouse can enroll in the same plan when he or she becomes eligible. Or, maybe your spouse became e

Can You Deduct Medicare Advantage Premium from your Taxes?

  Summary: If you itemize your deductions on the 1040 form when you file your taxes, you might be able to deduct your Medicare Advantage premiums. According to the Internal Revenue Serv

Can my Medicare Advantage Plan Drop Me?

Summary: Medicare Advantage plans may discontinue your Medicare Advantage coverage if you don’t pay your premium within the grace period allowed by the Medicare Advantage plan. However, your plan

New Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage

Some people say "Medicare Open Enrollment" to describe the new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period. Whether you call it Medicare Open Enrollment or not, this new open enrollment period giv

Medicare Coverage of Neck and Back Pain

  Summary:  Medicare may cover diagnostic tests, surgery, physical therapy, and prescription drugs for back and neck pain. In addition, Medicare Advantage plans may cover wellness programs to

When can I sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan?

Summary: You may able to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan during four different periods: your Initial Enrollment Period, the Annual Enrollment Period, the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Per

Comparing Stand-Alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans VS Medicare Advantage Plans

Summary: If you have Medicare Advantage, your prescription drugs may be conveniently bundled in with your medical and hospital insurance. If you have Original Medicare, you may enroll in a stand-alo

Can I Get Extra Benefits with Medicare Advantage?

Summary: Medicare Advantages sometimes provide extra benefits including prescription drug coverage, dental care, routine vision, and routine hearing, among other extra benefits. Want prescription

Is Medicare Advantage Right for My Parent?

Medicare used to be pretty straightforward. You turned 65, got your Medicare cards in the mail, and went to the doctor when you needed to. Things have changed in the 50 plus years since Medicare was s

Here’s What We Learned from the First Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period in 2019

Summary: The new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is January 1 to March 31 each year. Ehealth research reveals costs and sentiments of those who made switches during this period in 2019.

How Can Medicare Advantage Plans Have Such Low Average Premiums?

Summary: The average premium for a Medicare Advantage plan in 2019 is less than $10, according to eHealth research. The popularity of zero-dollar premium Medicare Advantage and Medicare Advantage Pr

What is the Medicare Advantage Out of Pocket Maximum?

Summary: The Medicare Advantage out of pocket maximum, also called the out of pocket limit, is the most you will pay in a benefit period before all your qualifying in-network costs are covered. If y

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