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Medicare Advantage Online: New Benefits You Should Know About Before Enrolling

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Why are more and more Medicare beneficiaries enrolling in Medicare Advantage online? You might be surprised to learn enrollment has nearly doubled in the last ten years. One reason is they’re adding benefits all the time. Read on to find out why Medicare beneficiaries are choosing Medicare Advantage and what new benefits to ask about during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period that runs October 15 through December 7.

Why Medicare Advantage Plans Are Gaining Popularity

There are many reasons why a record number of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare Advantage online. Here are a few of them.

More BenefitsOriginal Medicare (Parts A & B) doesn’t cover major services, such as dental, vision, hearing, and prescription drug coverage. Many Medicare Advantage Plans include this important care. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 67% of Medicare Advantage enrollees have dental benefits, 72% have fitness benefits, and 78% have vision benefits. And, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports 88% have prescription drug coverage.

High Satisfaction Rate—A recent J.D. Power study found customer satisfaction for Medicare Advantage Plans up in 2019. The study measured six factors, including coverage and benefits, provider choice, cost, customer service, information and communication, and billing and payment.

Low Premiums—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports Medicare Advantage premiums have been trending downward since 2015 and are at the lowest they’ve been in six years. In fact, some plans have premiums, deductibles, and copays as low as $0. According to CMS, 46 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees will have a $0 premium in 2019.

New Benefits to Look for When Enrolling in Medicare Advantage Online in 2019

According to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new ruling, Medicare Advantage plans are now allowed, but not required, to add supplemental benefits as long as “they are used to diagnose, prevent, or treat an illness or injury, compensate for physical impairments, act to ameliorate the functional/psychological impact of injuries or health conditions, or reduce avoidable emergency and healthcare utilization.”

Here are a few new benefits to look for when researching and enrolling in Medicare Advantage online:

  • Transportation to and from physician visits
  • Adult Day Care
  • Caregiver Support Services
  • Home Meal Deliveries
  • Home Environmental Improvements

It’s up to each insurance carrier which, if any, of these benefits they may choose to include in their plans and it’ll most likely evolve over time. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is the time to re-evaluate your current plan and find out what new benefits may be available in your area.

Enrolling for Medicare Advantage Online is Easy

Our convenient Medicare Online Enrollment Portal makes it easy to quickly find, compare, and enroll in Medicare Advantage Online. Simply enter your zip code to evaluate plans and benefits in your area. Of course, our Medicare Advocates are available to help. Just call 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday to Friday for your personal no-cost consultation.