For tens of millions of American seniors, Medicare provides them with the health insurance and coverage that they need. It is comprised of many different parts and helps those enrolled pay for their various medical and health related costs. However, not all Medicare is created equally.
If you opt for original Medicare, you will get Part A, Part B and potentially Part D, provided by the government. But if you opt for Medicare Part C (often called a Medicare Advantage Plan), it is different. Instead of being provided by the government like original Medicare, Part C is provided by private companies and they bundle together certain components of Part A, Part B and Part D.
Think of original Medicare like a buffet, whereas Part C is more like a meal you sit down and order from a waiter. It offers more customization, while still covering all the necessary things you need covered. Without any further ado, this blog post is going to look a bit more closely at the Medicare Advantage Plan and some of the many benefits it has for individuals.
What is a Medicare Advantage Plan?
As mentioned, the Medicare Advantage Plan (or Medicare Part C) is an alternative to the original and traditional Medicare. Part C are plans offered by private companies that are approved by Medicare. As a result, it is these private companies that pay for and cover your benefits.
Medicare Advantage Plans provide your Part A and B benefits, while also often offer prescription drug coverage as well. However, one thing that is not covered is hospice care, so be sure to keep that in mind. Also, there are also many different types of Medicare Advantage plans such as PPO plans, HMO plans and several others. More information about the various different types of plans can be found here. Familiarizing yourself with the different types of plans is very important to ensure you get one that works for your life.
Each plan will have their own costs and inclusions. With so many plans out there, it can be tough to find the right one for you. That is, unless you use the plan-finder tool that is provided online by Medicare. This makes it easy to search and find a suitable plan. Of course, before enrolling in a plan, take time to ensure it is right for the needs of yourself and your family, and fits within your budget.
What Are the Benefits of a Medicare Advantage Plan?
Now that you have some knowledge about what a Medicare Advantage Plan is, what are the benefits of going with Part C over original Medicare? Well the first is that some Medicare Advantage Plans offer additional services and coverage not offered by original Medicare. This includes vision, hearing and dental, which are all incredibly important as people get older. Even some fitness benefits might also be available.
They also give the policyholder more flexibility, customization and options to design a plan that works best for their needs. Each plan is different and features different benefits, which is great for those who want something tailored for them. While companies can potentially charge out-of-pocket costs to individuals in Medicare Part C, these out-of-pocket costs do have a limit. In original Medicare in Parts A and B, there is no limit, so utilize Part C can often protect you from financially ruining your life.
Hopefully this article has been able to help you learn more about the many benefits of the Medicare Advantage Plan.