Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage plans are required to incorporate all  Original Medicare 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 A, Part B and sometimes, Part D. Learn more below.

Medicare Advantage FAQ’s

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...

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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...

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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Are There Additional Ways I can Access Similar Services?

In some cases, there may be no Medicare Advantage Plan in your area that covers the supplemental benefits that you need, or you might find that Original Medicare offers better coverage of services that are important to you. You may still be able to access...

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Medicare Advantage and Home Health

All Medicare Advantage Plans must provide at least the same level of home health care coverage as Original Medicare, but they may impose different rules, restrictions, and costs. Depending on your plan, you may need to:Get care from a home health...

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PPOs, HMOs and Original Medicare Comparison

There are several differences in costs and coverage among Original Medicare, Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The table below compares these three types of Medicare plans. If you are interested in...

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Cost & Coverage of HMO

Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) must provide you with the same benefits as Original Medicare but may do so with different rules, restrictions, and costs. HMOs can also offer additional benefits. Below is a list of general cost and coverage rules...

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Cost and Coverage of PPO

Medicare Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) must provide you with the same benefits as Original Medicare but may do so with different rules, restrictions, and costs. PPOs can also offer additional benefits. Below is a list of general cost and coverage...

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PFFS, HMOs and Original Medicare Comparison

There are several differences in costs and coverage among Original Medicare, Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans, and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The table below compares these three types of Medicare plans. If you are interested in joining a...

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