Do You Know About Medicare Advantage Extra Benefits?

Original Medicare covers many important healthcare services—but it doesn’t cover everything and seniors often find that they need to add to supplement coverage. Routine eye exams, preventive dental work and prescription drug benefits are not provided through Part A or Part B. Do you know about the extra benefits provided by Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage (MA) is an alternative to Original Medicare—you’re still enrolled in the Medicare program, but you receive your Part A and Part B benefits through private companies approved by Medicare. In addition to hospital and medical insurance, an MA plan offers much more, giving seniors confidence that they can get the services they need. Here’s a quick look at Medicare Advantage extra benefits and what you can expect to get from Part C.

Extra Benefits Beyond Original Medicare

Over 17 million seniors rely on Medicare Advantage to secure extra benefits beyond what Original Medicare provides. While MA plans must cover all of the services offered through Part A and Part B (except hospice care), most offer more. Many provide comprehensive coverage—Part A, Part B, preventive dental, eye care, hearing assistance, wellness programs and prescription drug coverage too.

If you need new eyeglasses or simply want to explore your options with dentures, an MA plan may be the solution. Plus, MA plans always cover emergency and urgent care. In fact, they even offer emergency services outside of the plan’s service area (but not outside the U.S.).

Medicare Advantage has grown significantly in the past few years, and now covers 31 percent of the 57 million people on Medicare. An easy way to secure Part A, Part B and a few extra benefits, Part C is an all in one solution—hospital, medical, vision, dental and prescription drug coverage.

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References:

General: https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans-cover-all-medicare-services.html

Emergency service, End Stage Renal Disease: https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11474.pdf page 2

Stats: http://kff.org/medicare/fact-sheet/medicare-advantage/ 2016