Medicare Advantage – Medicare Part C

A Medicare Advantage (MA) plan is an alternative to Original fee-for-service Medicare. Medicare pays MA plans to manage beneficiaries' health care. Currently, 5 types of MA plans exist. This section includes information on these plans, questions to consider when choosing a plan and special rights if your plan terminates coverage.

In this section:

  1. Overview of Medicare Advantage Plans

    Learn about MA plans (HMOs, PPOs, PFFSs, SNPs and MSAs), how they work and who's eligible to join.
  2. Costs & Benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans

    Explanation of payments and services.
  3. Enrollment & Disenrollment in Medicare Advantage Plans

    Requirements for joining, switching and leaving MA plans.
  4. Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan

    Questions to consider when choosing an MA plan, as well as specific factors to consider when choosing between an MA plan and a Medigap policy.
  5. When Medicare Advantage Plans Terminate Coverage

    Learn your rights and options if your MA plan terminates coverage; additional information for beneficiaries with disabilities, ESRD or employer-sponsored coverage.
  6. When You Have Guaranteed-Issue Rights to Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to a Medigap Policy

    Learn about situations in which you can buy a Medigap policy without a health screening.
  7. Resources

    Resources and information related to MA plans.

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Updated Oct 14, 2011

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