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...

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...

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...

What is Considered a Supplemental Benefit?

A supplemental benefit is an item or service covered by a Medicare Advantage Plan that is not covered by Original Medicare. These items or services do not need to be provided by Medicare providers or at Medicare-certified facilities. Instead, to receive these items or...

In 2020, What Types of Supplements Benefits do Medicare Plans Cover?

Beginning in 2020, Medicare Advantage Plans can begin covering supplemental benefits that are not primarily health-related for beneficiaries who have chronic illnesses. These benefits can address social determinants of health for people with chronic disease. A social...