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Offered by the federal government
Helps pay for hospital stays and inpatient care
Helps pay for doctor visits and outpatient care
You can buy more coverage. Private insurance companies sell different plans that cover different items and services.
|Choice A||Choice B|
|Add one or both of these to Original Medicare:||Choose a Medicare Advantage plan:|
|Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap)|
Helps pay some costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover
Combines Part A and Part B
|Medicare Part D plan|
Helps pay for prescription drugs
Often includes prescription drug coverage
|Other benefits not offered by Original Medicare|
Medicare Advantage plans cover services that Original Medicare doesn’t. And many plans offer much more. See the coverage you could get from a Medicare Advantage plan.
Improved health: Medicare Advantage plans support your primary care doctor’s care plan. They help ensure you get preventive care like wellness visits, tests, checkups and vaccines. With Medicare Advantage plans, members are often healthier and need less acute and chronic care.
Cost savings: Medicare Advantage limits the total amount you pay for covered services. With Original Medicare, you pay 20% of the cost for covered services, with no limit to your total costs. You can buy a supplement plan to help with those costs. And you can add a Medicare Part D plan to cover prescription drugs. But a Medicare Advantage plan may offer you everything you need, all in one plan. Be sure to look carefully at your choices, so you can find a plan that best fits your needs.
Whether you’ve just started thinking about Medicare or already have a plan, there’s plenty of help. There are several ways to learn about your Medicare coverage options.