Two of the most common questions we get here at MedicareWire is a Medicare insurance consulting agency. We founded MedicareWire after seeing and hearing how confusing and frustrating it is to find, understand, and choose a plan. Our services are free to the consumer.... are, “Are Medicare Advantage (MA), also known as Medicare Part C, are health plans from private insurance companies that are available to people eligible for Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B).... bad?”, and “What are the advantages and disadvantages of Medicare Advantage plans?” If you’re trying to figure out if the private health plan option is right for you, read on. In this article, we will explore this exceptionally important question by contrasting Medicare Advantage with Original Medicare and Medigap.
- Medicare Advantage is not the best solution for everyone.
- With Medicare Advantage, most costs are paid when you use health care services.
- With Original Medicare and Medigap, most costs are paid in advance.
- In some circumstances, a Medicare Advantage plan helps people save money and get more coverage.
- Medicare Advantage plans are most beneficial if you are healthy and/or receive assistance paying Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare are the remaining costs that are not covered by the beneficiary's health insurance plan. These costs can come from the beneficiary's monthly premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.....
- Where available, Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans are affordable for those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid is a public health insurance program that provides health care coverage to low-income families and individuals in the United States.....
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans?
In our experience, the question about Medicare Advantage plans comes up because people ask their friends, neighbors, and healthcare providers about them. That brings up the Medicare Advantage nightmares and a litany of reasons why people dislike their current or former plan.
But, is it true?
Over the years, we’ve heard from many people, healthcare providers in particular, that they dislike Medicare Advantage plans, but that does not mean they are bad.
These are the 7 most common reasons we’ve documented that make people feel Medicare Advantage plans are terrible:
- Free plans are not really free
- Hospitalization costs more, not less
- They make you pay multiple copays for the same issue
- You are more likely to see a nurse practitioner than a doctor
- They make you get a referral
- Plan benefits, costs, and providers change every year
- High maximum out-of-pocket limits
A Review of Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare and Medigap
One of the best ways we’ve discovered to figure out if a Medicare Advantage plan is right for you is to compare them directly with Original Medicare and a Medigap plan. So, let’s do that by digging into the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage plans so we can figure out what is real and what isn’t, and help you find the best Medicare plan for your personal situation.
Only then can you understand if Medicare Advantage plans are good for you. We’ll also answer these popular questions:
There is no debate when it comes to which plan offers better coverage. Original Medicare and a supplement plan offer the best coverage, but it costs more up-front. For a complete breakdown of the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and Medigap plans, read: Medicare Advantage vs Medigap: Which is Best for You?
The primary advantage is the monthly premium, which is generally lower than Medigap plans. The top disadvantages are that you must use provider networks and the copays can nickel and dime you to death. To discover all of the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage, read: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans?
MA Plan Pros
- The maximum out-of-pocket cost is $7,550 a year
- Many plans cost $0 extra a month
- Most plans include drug coverage
- Many include basic hearing, dental, and vision benefits
- May include gym discounts (Silver Sneakers)
MA Plan Cons
- Can only switch during Open Enrollment
- Not easy to compare because plans are not standardized
- No nationwide coverage (plans don't travel with you)
- Most are HMO plans that require referrals to see a specialist
- Plans can change health and drug coverage each year
Learn more in this article.
Some Medicare Advantage plans offer a zero-dollar monthly premium because what Medicare pays the plan, plus your Medicare Part B premium, cover the full cost. For healthy people who want to keep their monthly costs low, these plans are an attractive option. But, just be aware that the premium is not the only cost. Plans also have copays or coinsurance you must pay when you use services. To learn more about free Medicare Advantage plans, read Why are Some Medicare Advantage Plans Free?
The Top 7 Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans
Reason 1: Free Plans Are Not Really Free
This is true.
The real issue here is people’s misunderstanding of how Medicare Advantage plans (aka, MA plans or Medicare Part C is Medicare's private health plan option. Also known as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part C plans are a type of Medicare health plan offered by companies that contract with Medicare to provide all...) work. Specifically, many people don’t understand copayments (copays) and Coinsurance is a percentage of the total you are required to pay for a medical service. .... So, if you are wondering, “how can Medicare Advantage plans be free?”, they aren’t. Far from it.
Just like Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), Medicare Advantage is a cost-sharing system. With Original Medicare beneficiaries pay about 20 percent of the cost for all Medicare-approved services and Medicare pays 80 percent. With a Medicare Advantage plan, you also pay about 20 percent of your costs, but there is an annual cap that limits your out-of-pocket costs, which solves one of the biggest problems with Medicare Parts A and B.
NOTE: The annual maximum out-of-pocket (MOOP) limit that’s built into all Medicare Advantage plans is a major advantage. For those beneficiaries with chronic health conditions, who cannot get a Medicare supplement, the annual MOOP keeps them out of bankruptcy from excessive medical bills.
ALSO: Some zero-dollar premium Advantage health plans can rebate all or a portion of your $170.10 The Medicare Part B premium is the monthly charge paid by beneficiaries for their outpatient medical care, services, and supplies. A beneficiary's premium may be uplifted by an IRMAA surcharge if their income is above... back to members as part of their monthly Social Security check. In other words, the Medicare Advantage plan pays your Part B premium for you.
Reason 2: Hospitalization Costs More, Not Less
In many cases and with many plans, this is true.
In fact, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study shows that half of all Medicare Advantage enrollees would incur higher costs than beneficiaries in Original Medicare is private fee-for-service health insurance for people on Medicare. It has two parts. Part A is hospital coverage. Part B is medical coverage.... for a 5-day hospital stay. That’s shocking, but given the rising cost of hospitalization, it’s also understandable.
This fact also underscores the need to carefully scrutinize Medicare Advantage plans annually so you are not surprised by the bills. Ambulance, emergency room, diagnostic, hospitalization, and inpatient medication copays add up very fast.
IMPORTANT: If you are getting your Medicare benefits for the first time, and you have a chronic health condition that necessitates frequent care, pay careful attention to Medicare Advantage hospitalization costs. If you can get a Medicare supplement during your Medicare supplement guaranteed-issue rights period, your hospitalization costs over time will generally be lower.
Reason 3: They Make You Pay Multiple Copays For The Same Issue
This is true, but it is also true with Original Medicare. However, this complaint highlights the chief difference between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare plus a Medicare supplement.
Medicare Advantage is a pay-as-you-go system. You pay your monthly Medicare Part B is medical coverage for people with Original Medicare benefits. It covers doctor visits, preventative care, tests, durable medical equipment, and supplies. Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of most medically necessary healthcare... premium, and an additional premium for the plan (if any), but the majority of your costs come when you use healthcare services. So, if you see your primary care doctor for an issue you pay a copay. If your doctor refers you to a specialist you pay another copay. And if your specialist orders lab tests or diagnostic tests you pay a copay for each of those, as well.
If you have Original Medicare and a If you're turning age 65 this year, Medicare Supplement Plan G is the most comprehensive Medicare supplement you can buy. It's also the most popular. You might be thinking that Medicare Supplement Plan F is... supplement, you pay your monthly Medicare Part B and supplement A premium is an amount that an insurance policyholder must pay for coverage. Premiums are typically paid on a monthly basis. In the federal Medicare program, there are four different types of premiums. ..., but pay virtually nothing when you use healthcare services once the annual Part B premium is paid. This includes Medicare Part B Excess Charges if your doctor does not accept Medicare’s standard rates. Understanding this fundamental financial difference is the key to getting the best insurance for your personal situation.
Reason 4: You Are More Likely To See A Nurse Practitioner Than A Doctor
In many cases this is true. HMO and PPO health plans (most Medicare Advantage plans are HMOs) use a method called capitation to pay providers. A capitated contract pays a provider in the plan’s network a flat fee for each patient it covers. Under a capitated contract, an HMO or managed care organization pays a fixed amount of money for its members to the A person or organization that’s licensed to give health care. Doctors, nurses, and hospitals are examples of health care providers.....
For this reason, many primary care group practices use nurse practitioners and aides to reduce their costs so they can see as many patients as possible. These healthcare workers are supervised by a physician.
Reason 5: They Make You Get A Referral
In the case of HMO plans and some PPO plans, this is true. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly all Medicare Advantage plan enrollees are in plans that require Prior authorization is a process used by health plans to control healthcare costs. Most HMO plans and some PPO plans require authorization before receiving certain treatments, medical services, or prescription drugs.... for some services. Health plans are in the business of making money and this is one of the primary ways they have to control costs.
By the way, Congress implemented a similar cost-saving measure with Medicare Supplements are additional insurance policies that Medicare beneficiaries can purchase to cover the gaps in their Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) health insurance coverage..... As of 1 January 2020, new Medicare beneficiaries cannot buy a Medigap plan that covers the Part B deductible. The hope is that this change will reduce unnecessary doctor visits.
Reason 6: Plan Benefits, Costs, and Providers Change Every Year
This is true. Under the rules set out by the The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the U.S. Federal agency that runs the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.... (CMS), insurers may change the benefits and costs in their plans. They are also allowed to change their provider networks.
This is the primary reason Medicare Advantage members should compare plans every year. Unfortunately, most enrollees don’t.
Reason 7: High Maximum Out-of-Pocket Limits
This is true. For 2020 Medicare Advantage enrollees, the average out-of-pocket limit was $4,925 for Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers that agree to health plan members' services and supplies at a set price are in-network providers. With some health plans, your care is only covered if you get... services. For PPOs, the average is $8,828 for both in-network and out-of-network services (PPOs). These figures are expected to increase for 2021 and beyond. The future increase is reflected in the new maximum out-of-pocket limit set by CMS, which increased from $6,700 to $7,550.
NOTE: High-deductible Medicare supplements, and shared-cost plans, like Medicare Supplement Plan K is one of two unique Medicare supplements with shared-cost coverage and an annual out-of-pocket limit. This is a plan that works for people looking for help with certain Original Medicare costs..., may also have high out-of-pocket limits. However, no Medicare supplements are as high as the current $7,550 MOOP limit with Medicare Advantage.
What Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover?
We just went through the top reason people don’t like Medicare Advantage, but do the pros and cons match with what the private health plans are designed to provide?
Medicare Advantage plans combine Original Medicare (Medicare Part A is hospital coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. It covers inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. It also covers limited home healthcare services and hospice care.... and Medicare Part B) coverage into a private health plan and often offer extra benefits. The Medicare Part C program allows plans to offer the following benefits to its plan members:
- doctor’s visits
- preventive care
- limited home healthcare services
- Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach that addresses the medical, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient.... care
- prescription drug coverage
- SilverSneakers fitness memberships
There are several different types of Medicare Advantage plans to choose from:
- Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
- Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).
- Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS).
- Special Needs Plans (SNPs).
- Medical Savings Account (MSA).
The different types of all-in-one Medicare coverage help serve different needs. Not all plan types are available in all areas. PPO plans, for example, allow members to get care out of their provider network, but members pay more when they do. SNP plans help people who are institutionalized, have a chronic illness, or have special financial needs. In comparison, Original Medicare is a one-size-fits-all system.
Are Medicare Advantage Plans Worth It, or Are They a Ripoff?
It is impossible to make a blanket statement about Medicare Advantage being good or bad. It all depends on your personal situation. For some people, extra benefits make them worth the potential risk and the inconvenience of getting referrals. For others, they cost far more than Original Medicare, making them a ripoff.
The only way to know for sure is to understand the biggest disadvantage of Medicare Advantage (out-of-pocket costs) and balance that with your healthcare needs. When you do this you will discover:
- If you are healthy – A Medicare Advantage plan is a great way to save money if you are healthy. If you take advantage of the preventative care benefits, and additional benefits, you will get a lot for your money.
- If you have employer health benefits – Many employers offer workers and retirees health benefits that pay their Medicare Advantage plan premiums and other costs. If you have employer benefits, it’s a great way to save money.
- If you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid – Nearly 3-million people have a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP). The majority of these people qualify for an SNP for financial reasons and pay minimal copays and coinsurance costs when they use services. If you can qualify, and an SNP is available in your county, it is the best way to get your healthcare.
- If you are a veteran and have VA health benefits – Veterans with VA health benefits can be enrolled in both Medicare and VA Healthcare at the same time. When they are, Medicare is the primary payor and the VA is secondary. When receiving care at a VA facility, the veteran generally pays nothing. This holds true when receiving care at a non-VA facility if the veteran receives prior approval.
- If you have a chronic health condition – People with chronic health issues, who do not have employer, Medicaid, or VA health benefits may find that Medicare Advantage is unaffordable for them. This is particularly true if their health condition frequently puts them in the hospital for emergency care, or necessitates the regular use of specialists. Many diabetics fall into this category. For these people, Original Medicare and a Medigap plan are generally more cost-effective, particularly if the supplement is purchased when the A person who has health care insurance through the Medicare or Medicaid programs.... turns age 65 and has guaranteed issue rights.
For millions of Americans, the disadvantages of Medicare Advantage plans make them unviable. You must weigh the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage plans for yourself to determine if a plan is a good fit for your needs.
The Real Disadvantage of Medicare Advantage Plans
In Understanding Medicare in 4 Easy Steps, we outline how to determine if Medicare Advantage or Original Medicare and a Medigap plan is the best option for you. To paraphrase, we suggest that there’s a single fundamental difference that helps most people make the right choice. That’s because the extra benefits offered by Medicare Advantage plans take a back seat to this one issue.
The difference is this. With Original Medicare and supplemental Medicare insurance, you pay the bulk of your major medical costs upfront through monthly insurance premiums. Doing so lets you budget your health care costs.
When you have Medicare Advantage, you pay most of your health care costs when you use services. For this reason, it is very difficult to budget your health care costs. And this is one of the primary disadvantages of Medicare Advantage plans. If you fit into one of the five categories above, this won’t be much of an issue. If not, it could put you in a world of hurt.
What About the Medicare Advantage Give Back Benefit?
The give-back benefit allows some Medicare Advantage plans to offer plan members a rebate on their monthly Medicare Part B premium. Beneficiaries with a give-back plan receive the benefit through Social Security. No direct payments are allowed.
The technical term for the benefit is Medicare Part B premium reduction. When you enroll in one of these plans, the insurance carrier pays some or all of your premium. In the evidence of coverage document the plan is required to provide, you will find a section titled “Part B Premium Buy-Down”. This is where you will find the amount the plan contributed towards your Part B premium.
Plans with a give-back benefit are becoming more popular, but they are still not widespread. The largest companies offering these plans include Aetna, Cigna, and Humana. Give-back amounts range from as little as $.10 to as much as the full $170.10 standard Part B premium.
If you pay your own Part B premium you are eligible for a give-back plan. If you have full or partial Medicaid, including aid through a Medicare Savings Program, you are not eligible.
Why Do Doctors Not Like Medicare Advantage Plans?
Have you asked your doctor if they like Medicare Advantage? Many doctors will tell you that getting paid is a hassle and/or they get paid less than they do with Original Medicare. Why is that? In the case of Original Medicare, the government has a list of approved services and rates they pay for each service. In most cases, payment is automatic and happens quickly. With Medicare Advantage, unless the doctor is part of a healthcare organization that manages the plan, such as with a Kaiser facility, the doctor’s bill goes through a complex claims process.
Is It Better to Have Medicare Advantage or Medigap?
We’re often asked which is best, Medicare Advantage or Medigap? The issue really comes down to peace of mind. You don’t need supplemental insurance with Medicare Advantage. However, with Original Medicare, you can get supplemental insurance to fill the gaps. This is the main reason people feel that Original Medicare, with a Medigap policy for supplemental coverage, is better than Medicare Advantage.
If you have access to additional benefits (e.g., employer, Medicaid, VA) that will take care of some or all of your out-of-pocket costs, use those benefits. If not, ask yourself if you are prepared to pay up to the maximum out-of-pocket limit on a Medicare Advantage plan.
When it comes to which is better, Medigap or Medicare Advantage, consider this. If the prospect of pulling an average of $4,925 out of your pocket, which does not include your prescriptions or monthly premiums, makes you nervous, then it’s time to compare the top Medigap plans in your area. When you do, you will find a wide range of coverage options.
If you are a healthy senior, Medicare Supplemental Plan N is one of the ten standardized Medigap plans. Although it is one of the newest plans available, Medicare Plan N is quickly becoming a favorite with Baby Boomers aging into their... is a great way to save money and get the peace of mind most of us need when it comes to our health. Even a Medigap Plan K, which some experts feel has high out-of-pocket costs, can be a better option if you use a lot of medical and healthcare services.
What is Medigap?
We’ve mentioned Medigap a few times in this article. If you’re not familiar with the term, or how it can help, here’s a quick overview.
Medigap is Medicare’s terminology for supplemental Medicare insurance. Unlike Medicare Advantage, when you get a Medigap plan you do not give up your Original Medicare benefits.
Medigap, as the name implies, fills the gaps in Original Medicare. By this, we mean the Medicare beneficiary’s out-of-pocket expenses from the various Medicare Part A and Part B A deductible is an amount a beneficiary must pay for their health care expenses before the health insurance policy begins to pay its share.... and coinsurance. It is easy to see what these costs are, and which Medigap plans cover them by looking at a Medicare supplement plans comparison chart:
With Medigap, there are ten standardized plans (A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N). Regardless of which insurance company you get a plan from, its benefits and coverage are the same. Only the monthly premium is different.
With Medicare Advantage plans, your costs and coverage aren’t as clear-cut. That’s one of the top reasons why people feel Medigap is better than Medicare Advantage.
Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How Private Insurance Company Plans Work
Medicare Advantage plans are provided by private health insurance companies and group healthcare providers whereas Original Medicare coverage comes from the federal government’s Medicare program. Both have their strengths and weaknesses.
The reason private plans seem to be so inexpensive, compared to a regular HMO (health maintenance organization) or PPO (preferred provider organization) health plans is that the Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people ages 65 and older and people with certain disabilities.... pays the plan you choose for your care.
When you join a private health plan, Medicare pays the plan $750 per month or more to take over your hospital and medical care costs (i.e., Medicare Part A and B). Add to that your monthly Part B premium (in most cases subtracted from your Social Security income), plus any additional monthly premium the plan charges, and you’ll get an idea of the true cost.
An important thing to understand about a Medicare Advantage plan is that, while enrolled, you no longer have your Original Medicare benefits. The insurance company behind your plan provides your benefits and makes up its own rules. They must follow Medicare’s guidelines, but those guidelines are very broad and leave a lot of room for interpretation. This often leads to a good deal of frustration about what’s covered, what isn’t covered, how much you’ll pay out of pocket, and getting prior approval for coverage.
If you are healthy, your frustrations will likely be few. If you have one or more chronic health conditions, your frustration could be many and frequent due to your plan’s pre-approval process and copays.
The good side of Medicare Advantage is that insurance companies are generally obligated to sell you a policy, regardless of any preexisting conditions. This is contrary to Medicare supplement insurance, where the insurance carrier is almost completely in control of policy approval or denial through their Medicare underwriting process. So, if you have been denied Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage is almost always a better option than Original Medicare alone.
Pros and Cons of Medicare Advantage Plans vs. Original Medicare
In addition to the fact that Medicare Advantage insurance carriers are generally obligated to sell you a plan, they also bundle additional benefits, such as vision, dental, hearing, and a prescription drug plan (Part D). These are valuable benefits that Original Medicare does not cover. For healthy people, these extras make a Medicare Advantage plan a very good deal.
Many of the extra benefits that some insurance plans offer look very enticing, but they often come with limits or high out-of-pocket costs. For example, a plan may have excellent healthcare benefits (i.e., low copays) and a poor Part D plan (i.e., your meds are not covered in the lower tiers).
Also, it is important to understand that the extra benefits, including Part D prescriptions, are not included in the plan’s maximum out-of-pocket (MOOP) limit. So, let’s say you use the plan’s dental coverage and pay $1,500 in copays for restoration work, that $1,500 is not included in your MOOP, nor are your Part D medications. This is why so many people feel that traditional Medicare, plus a supplement plan, dental plan, and a stand-alone Medicare Part D plans are an option Medicare beneficiaries can use to get prescription drug coverage. Part D plans provide cost-sharing on covered medications in four different phases: deductible, initial coverage, coverage gap, and catastrophic. Each... plan are the best way to go.
What is the Best Medicare Advantage Plan?
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering which Medicare Advantage plan is the best. Is it Humana, AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Wellcare, or Kaiser?
It’s easy to answer the question, “What is the best Medicare supplement insurance plan?” It’s Plan F. It offers the most coverage.
We wish the answer was as clear-cut with Medicare Advantage, but it’s not. Here’s why.
When you combine all of the standard Medicare Advantage plans, employer plans, and Special Needs Plans, there are literally over 70,000 plan options. It’s a truly staggering number.
The good news is that all of those plans are organized across nearly 2,800 U.S. counties. Why? Because most plans use local provider networks, making county boundaries the most logical way to organize private health insurance.
To find the best private health plan for you, use our Plan Finder tool. It will show you all of the plans in your area, their 5-star rating, premiums, A copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are required to pay for a medical service...., and extra benefits, too. If you have both Medicare and Medicaid, use the SNP Plan Finder. Plus, every plan page has a free PDF document you can download with basic cost and coverage information.
What are the Worst Medicare Advantage Plans?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services does an excellent job of weeding out bad Medicare Advantage plans. Sub-par plans are given a year to clean up their act and CMS sanctions them.
So, what is a bad plan?
Generally, plans get sanctioned for bad customer service, poor performance managing chronic health conditions, a bad track record keeping members healthy (screenings, tests, vaccines, etc.), and a poor member experience with the drug plan (if included). All of these measures are graded by CMS annually, and more. You can check each of the ten grades a health plan receives on our plan pages.
Beyond the 5-star grades, you must look at how a plan will cover you. By this, we mean the out-of-pocket costs you will be charged by the plan when you use health care services. A 4- or 5-star plan can be fantastic for one member and the worst of the bunch for another. It all depends on your total costs.
You must do the research and run numbers based on how you expect to use a plan’s benefits. Only then will you know if the plan you are choosing is a winner or a loser.
Medicare Advantage Enrollment
Unlike supplemental Medicare insurance, you can’t enroll in Medicare Advantage year-round. There are specific Enrollment periods are designated time periods to enroll or disenroll from the various parts of Medicare. There are six Medicare enrollment periods.... for enrolling in an Advantage plan. The same is true if you want to switch plans.
For most people, there are two dates to remember. The first is your Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP). This occurs when you are first eligible for Medicare, generally on your 65th birthday or 24 months after you first qualify for Social Security disability income. Your ICEP is a seven-month window of time that begins three months prior to your birth month and ends three months after your birth month. The second date is the Annual Election Period in the Fall, which starts 15 October and ends 7 December.
Eligibility for the Initial Coverage Election Period
To sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan:
- You must have both Medicare Part A and Part B;
- You must permanently reside in the service area of the plan; and
- In most cases, you can’t have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure, is a condition that causes you to need dialysis or a kidney transplant. People with ESRD are eligible for Medicare coverage regardless of age.... (ESRD).
Most commonly, you’re eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B:
- At age 65.
- As of your 25th month of disability benefits.
- As of the first month that you start receiving disability benefits based on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
If you are electing to join a Special Needs Plan, you will have other eligibility criteria. A Special Needs Plan is a special type of Medicare Advantage plan for people with certain financial or healthcare needs.
Medicare Annual Election Period
The Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period (AEP), also called Medicare In health insurance, open enrollment is a period during which a person may enroll in or change their selection of health plan benefits. Health plan enrollment is ordinarily subject to restrictions...., is the period when beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, switch plans, add prescription drug coverage, or disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare. It occurs every Fall from October 15 to December 7. You’ll know it’s coming up when you start seeing Medicare commercials on TV.
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