Medicare Part C
Medicare Part C is the same thing as a Medicare Advantage Plan. They are just different names for the same thing. You will hear the terms Medicare Advantage, Part C, and MA plans used interchangeably.
Medicare Advantage plans are provided by Medicare-approved private companies. They can be thought of as a "bundled" plan.
You need to have Medicare Part A and B to get an Advantage Plan. Your Advantage plan (Part C) essentially replaces your Medicare Part A, Part B, and typically Part D too.
What does Medicare Part C cover?
Medicare Advantage Plans cover:
Part A Benefits:
e.g. Hospital Inpatient Services, Nursing Facilities, Hospice Care, Post-Inpatient Home Care
Part B Benefits:
e.g. Medically Necessary Services, Preventative Health Care, Durable Medical Equipment
Possible Additional Coverage:
e.g. Dental, Hearing, and Vision Services, Wellness Programs, and Prescription Drug Coverage
Common Types of Medicare Advantage Plans
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS)
Special Needs Plan
Medicare Advantage Plan Costs
The cost varies from plan to plan. To get a quote on a Medicare Advantage plan, click here.
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