Medicare Advantage plans offer the ability to receive the same benefits as Original Medicare, but from a private insurer. However even with the added flexibility that Medicare Advantage plans provide, you may still be responsible for out-of-pocket costs, including copays.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2019, more than 34 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.*
Many are likely drawn to the unique benefits of Medicare Advantage, as compared with Original Medicare:
Medicare Advantage out-of-pocket costs can include:
Note: these costs may be higher (or lower), depending on the plan.
As you compare your options, you should weigh the costs of Medicare Advantage against the additional benefits you may receive, as compared to staying with Original Medicare. A licensed insurance agent can help you weigh your options and match you with a plan that works for you.
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*Kaiser Family Foundation, “Medicare Advantage 2019 Spotlight: First Look.” Published Oct. 16, 2018. https://www.kff.org/report-section/medicare-advantage-2019-spotlight-first-look-data-note.
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