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What is Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Part C is available through Medicare Advantage plans, and is an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Medicare Advantage plans are health insurance plans offered by private health insurance companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage health plans (such as HMOs and PPOs) are legally required to offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare, but can include additional coverage as well, such as routine vision or dental benefits, health wellness programs, or prescription drugs. One benefit of Medicare Advantage plans is that you can get your prescription drug benefits (Medicare Part D) included under [...]

Five Things to Know Before Selecting Your 2020 Medicare Plan

1. Do your research to know what kind of coverage you can get. The fall is when most people must make decisions about their health care plans for the coming year. In order to understand your coverage options, it’s important to begin your research well in advance. First, determine who is providing your health insurance. Is it provided through your employers, will you buy it on your own, or are you eligible for Medicare? Once you answer this question, focus on information specific to your situation. You can use our annual health insurance check-up table for tips on deadlines [...]

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