If it’s time to enroll in Medicare, you might be wondering about Medicare Part C and its definition.
Medicare Part C — also called Medicare Advantage — is a collection of health insurance plans offered by private insurance companies. Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage.
These plans offer the same benefits as Original Medicare, but may additional ones as well.
Because Medicare Part C plans are offered by private insurance companies, benefits can vary.
While they are required to offer the same benefits as Part A and Part B, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes additional benefits, such as:
In order to be eligible for Medicare Part C, you must:
Note: You cannot have Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) at the same time.
If you’re considering enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll need to compare options in your area. The costs associated with each plan can vary. You’ll want to shop around before making a final decision.
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