What is Medicare Advantage?
Medicare Advantage Plans are part of the Medicare program and therefore ensures all of the same Medicare rights and protections provided by Original Medicare plans.
Medicare Advantage Plans are run by private companies with different programs such as:
- Health Maintenance Organizations (see chapter 10)
- Preferred Provider Organizations (see chapter 10)
- Private Fee-for-Service
- Special Needs Plans
- HMO Point-of-Service
- Medical Savings Account
How is Part C Covered?
If you qualify for a Medicare Advantage plan, you automatically qualify for all services covered by Original Medicare plans.
In addition, other benefits may be included by providers such as:
- Dental care
- Other unique services
How Do I Enroll in Part C?
To enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you must enroll in Parts A and B under Original Medicare and do so during your enrollment period (see chapters 3, 5, and 6).
You must also reside in the plan’s service area.