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Medicare Made Easy


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For a lot of us, all the parts that make up Medicare can be confusing. Here is a basic breakdown:  Part A covers hospital stays, follow-up nursing care after a hospital stay, hospice care, and some in-home health care. Part B covers things like doctor visits, outpatient hospital services, ambulance services, mental health services, certain therapies, diagnostic services, and preventive services. These two parts are often referred to as “Original Medicare.” Part C is more commonly referred to as Medicare Advantage, and Part D covers prescriptions.

Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, are offered by private health insurers and typically offer benefits that support members’ total health, such as low-cost access to doctors and preventive care, and can cover things like prescription drugs, vision and hearing services, dental, and chiropractic care. Benefits you won’t get with original medicare.

Medicare Advantage plans also include extra services, like help with managing a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease, and other wellness-related benefits. As a health or budgetary needs change, Medicare Advantage members also have the flexibility to change their plan once a year during the Annual Enrollment Period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Having Medicare Advantage coverage also protects members from unforeseen costs like hospitalizations, surgery, or expensive prescription drugs.

What’s more, with a Medicare Advantage plan, monthly premiums are typically low, and premiums for each plan are the same for every person, regardless of age or health history. You also have built-in financial protection since the plan’s annual out-of-pocket limit helps keep costs under control. Many insurers even offer coverage with $0 monthly premiums. However, people who see doctors regularly or take medications regularly may want to consider a Medicare Advantage plan with a low monthly premium that offers more coverage and can save money in the long run. You also want to be sure your Medicare Advantage plan includes a network of reputable providers who are experienced in high-quality care for older adults and has strong ties to the community.

The point is, that there are many choices when it comes to Medicare Advantage plans, which means there are options to fit just about everyone’s needs. 

Even if Medicare Advantage is not right for you, a Medicare Supplement plan offers another option and can help reduce out-of-pocket costs when paired with Medicare Part A and B coverage.

Just as planning and saving for retirement should start at an early age, the more you know about Medicare, the more prepared you will be when you or a loved one – such as a parent or grandparent – are eligible to enroll. To learn more, visit medicare.gov.