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If you’re on Medicare and want to save money on health-care costs, you might want to take a look at Medicare Advantage plans. There may be a wide range of costs among plans, though, so you’ll want to do your research and compare plans.
The Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) program lets you get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits through a private, Medicare-approved insurance company. Medicare Advantage plans administer these benefits, and often have extra benefits as well – such as routine dental care.
Most Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug coverage, which sets them apart from Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Original Medicare typically only covers prescription drugs in limited situations, such as in a hospital or clinic.
First, it’s important to understand that there are several different kinds of Medicare Advantage plans, and costs can vary even among plans of the same type.
One way a Medicare Advantage plan might save you money is if you find a plan in your area that includes the extra benefits that you need. For example:
One type of Medicare Advantage plan may generally have lower costs than other types. Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans can have premiums as low as $0 per month. (Other types of Medicare Advantage plans can also have $0 premiums.)
HMOs generally require you to visit doctors within the plan’s network. The HMOs contract with network providers to provide services at a certain cost. By managing costs in these ways, HMOs may be able to offer lower-cost plans to Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare Advantage HMO plans also generally:
Ready to start comparing Medicare Advantage plans? One easy way is to just use the Browse Plans button on this page.
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