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(Also known as Medicare Part C)
Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans are Medicare-approved, but offered by private insurers. These Medicare plans combine hospital costs, doctors' visits, outpatient care, and often Part D prescription drug benefits into one plan. Some plans may also offer vision, dental, hearing and/or health and wellness programs at an extra cost.
More About Medicare Advantage (Part C)
- These plans often require you to pay copays
- The doctors and hospitals you go to are usually a part of a network
- You may also need a referral to see a specialist
The Part A benefits of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans include hospital stays, skilled nursing care and home health care. MA plans also cover all the benefits of Part B, including doctor visits, outpatient care and preventive services. Many also include benefits like routine hearing and vision care, a fitness program, wellness services or a nurse helpline. An MA plan might be a good choice if you'd like coverage beyond what Original Medicare provides, but don't need prescription drug coverage.
With a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (MAPD), you get Part A coverage, Part B coverage and Part D prescription drug coverage in one convenient plan. An MAPD plan might be a good choice for you if you like the benefits offered by an MA plan, but also need prescription drug coverage.