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Learn about Medicare Advantage plans

Not all zero-premium plans are the same

For those who have elected Medicare Advantage, there are zero premium plans that include drug coverage. The premiums may be the same but realize that costs and coverage can vary considerably.

What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period? 

The new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period runs from January 1 to March 31 every year. Find out what you can do during this special period.

What is a PPO plan?

Like many Medicare Advantage plans, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan also has a network of preferred providers under contract for services.

What is an HMO plan?

The most popular type of Medicare Advantage plan is the one sponsored by a Health Maintenance Organization.

Does Medicare Advantage have benefit periods?

Some Medicare Advantage plans use benefit periods for a skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay. Each plan determines its own charges.

What is a PFFS plan?

A private fee-for-service plan (PFFS) is a type of Medicare Advantage plan. These plans in urban areas must establish a network of providers.

"Can I buy a Medigap policy to go with a Medicare Advantage plan?" 

This is a very common question. Medicare beneficiaries are hoping to receive some additional assistance with hospitalization copayments or lessen the potential out-of-pocket expenses.

Medicare Advantage plans & physician assignments

Accepting assignment means that the physician or other healthcare provider accepts Medicare payment, but this is usually not an issue for those with Medicare Advantage.

An introduction to an MSA plan

A Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan is a type of Medicare Advantage plan available in limited areas. Learn the two parts to this plan.

Does a Medicare Advantage plan cover hospice?

A Medicare Advantage plan cannot provide or cover hospice services to its members. Medicare Advantage plan members who need hospice care receive services.

What is a Special Needs Plan?

"I have diabetes. I heard from a friend that I should check out a Medicare special plan. Can you tell me what that is?"

What if Medicare Advantage doesn't work for you?

Getting ready to sign up for Medicare? Thinking about a Medicare Advantage plan but not sure that’s what you really want? Then you need to know about the Medicare Advantage trial period.

What does HMO-POS mean?

HMO-POS stands for Health Maintenance Organization with a point-of-service option. Learn about how the POS option effects networks and your care options.

Will a Medicare Advantage plan cover my spouse?

Medicare is medical coverage for an individual. As a result, Medicare plans do not cover spouses.

Does your Medicare Advantage plan require prior authorization?

Anyone who has compared Medicare Advantage plans knows that no two plans are alike —different benefits, different costs, and different providers.

What is Medicare Advantage?

Turning 65 soon? If so, there’s an important decision to make. Stick with Original Medicare or switch to Medicare Advantage. Before you make that decision, here are a few things you should know.