Things to know about Medicare Advantage Plans
- You're still in the
- You still have Medicare rights and protections.
- You still get complete Part A and Part B coverage through the plan. Plans may offer some extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover – like vision, hearing, and dental services.
may be lower in a Medicare Advantage Plan. If so, this option may be more cost effective for you. Note: You may be charged
during the first 20 days.
- You can’t buy and don’t need Medigap.
- You can only join a plan at certain times during the year. In most cases, you're enrolled in a plan for a year.
- You can join a Medicare Advantage Plan even if you have a
- You can check with the plan before you get a service to find out if it's covered and what your costs may be.
- Following plan rules, like getting a
to see a specialist in the plan's
can keep your costs lower. Check with the plan.
- Go to a doctor, other health care provider, facility, or supplier that belongs to the plan's network, so your services are covered and your costs are less. In most cases, this applies to Medicare Advantage HMOs and PPOs.
- Providers can join or leave a plan’s provider network anytime during the year. Your plan can also change the providers in the network anytime during the year. If this happens, you may need to choose a new provider.
- If you join a clinical research study, some costs may be covered by your plan. Call your plan for more information. Get your plan's contact information.
- Medicare Advantage Plans can't charge more than
for certain services like chemotherapy, dialysis, and skilled nursing facility care.
- Medicare Advantage Plans have a yearly limit on your out-of-pocket costs for medical services. Once you reach this limit, you’ll pay nothing for covered services. Each plan can have a different limit, and the limit can change each year. You should consider this when choosing a plan.
- If the plan decides to stop participating in Medicare, you'll have to join another
Medicare Health Plan
or return to Original Medicare.
- You can only be in one Medicare Advantage Plan at a time.