Compare Medicare Advantage Plans
It's a smart move to compare Medicare Advantage plans. These plans can make it easier to reduce and manage your health care costs. Many Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan, which cover both Part A, Part B, and Part D benefits. These plans offer health care extras like vision, dental, and prescription drugs and are administered by private insurance companies, not the government. Plan availability varies by state, so its important to compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area.
In order to compare Medicare Advantage plans with original Medicare or a Medicare Supplement plan, you should consider the cost sharing options and the services each plan offers. Check to see if your current doctors are part of the plan's network. You may also need to consider if you would require nationwide emergency coverage (if you travel frequently) and that your current prescription drugs are covered. Ask questions about the monthly premium payments and expected co-pays.
It's important to note that you may not combine a Medicare Advantage plan with a standalone Part D prescription plan. You can however purchase a PFFS or MSA plan with standalone prescription drug plan.
If you choose to disenroll from your Medicare Advantage Plan and return to original Medicare Parts A and B but need Prescription Drug coverage, you can then enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Supplement plan or both.
Those who are leaving their Medicare Advantage plan could choose to apply for a Medicare Supplement policy providing they qualify under the terms of the policy they wish to purchase. You can enroll in a Medicare Supplement policy at any time throughout the year.
In any event, you would be wise to contact a professional. For more information, call us and speak to a licensed Medicare specialist at 1-800-328-7305.