What is Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage plans are required to incorporate all of Original Medicare’s benefits. Many, but not all, include additional coverage options such as vision, dental and hearing. Some also incorporate fitness and wellness components.These plans normally include Part...

Will There Be Changes to Medicare Advantage Plans in 2019?

Beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage Plans have increased flexibility in their plan offerings. This means that plans may be able to reduce cost-sharing for certain covered benefits, offer specific extra benefits, or charge different deductibles for some enrollees who...

What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) is from January 1 to March 31 each year. During this time, you can switch from your Medicare Advantage Plan (excluding Medical Savings Accounts, cost plans, and PACE) to another Medicare Advantage Plan or Original...

What Are the Options Under Medicare Advantage?

There are, in fact, six different MA plans outlined in the Medicare & You 2018 Handbook.HMO – Generally requires members to use a primary care doctor and obtain referrals for specialists; if a doctor leaves the network, you can choose another physician within the...

Changing to a Medicare Advantage Plan

Once you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during the Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), you may only change during certain times of the year, including the Annual Enrollment Period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 of each year.During the January 1 – February 14...

When Can I Enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

To enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. You can typically enroll in Medicare Advantage during the following periods:Initial Enrollment Period (IEP): Once you have enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B (see When can I enroll...