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Medicare Advantage Online: 3 Ways Beneficiaries Are Saving With Medicare Advantage Plans (Continued)

In addition to prescription drug coverage, Original Medicare doesn’t include dental, vision, hearing, or fitness benefits which means you would need to purchase separate coverage for these services. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that, in 2020, 88 percent of Medicare Advantage Plans include dental benefits, 87 percent include vision benefits, 83 percent include hearing benefits, and 93 percent include fitness benefits, such as SilverSneakers—with 58 percent of Medicare Advantage Plans providing all four of these benefits. All of this coverage means Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to purchase standalone plans or pay out of pocket for these vital services.

3. Supplemental Benefits Are on the Rise

Based on ruling changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare Advantage Plans may now provide even more benefits in addition to the important benefits mentioned above. These benefits extend beyond care and services that are medically necessary.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 96 percent of Medicare Advantage Plans in 2020 include meal benefits, 92 percent include transportation benefits, 59 percent include telehealth benefits, and 54 percent include in-home support benefits. Some Medicare Advantage Plans may even include adult day care services, caregiver support, and home modifications—such as shower bars to prevent falling. All of these additional benefits save Medicare beneficiaries from having to incur extra expenses for these services.

The bottom line is, Medicare Advantage Plans have more flexibility regarding cost and coverage than Original Medicare—and it may be giving some Medicare beneficiaries a real savings advantage.

Save With Medicare Advantage Online or by Phone

When researching Medicare Advantage online, it may be difficult to get a clear picture of if and how much you may save by choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan. Our Medicare Advocates are here to help. Call us at 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, to make sure you understand the benefits of all your Medicare plan options. You can also find, compare, and enroll in a plan online using our online enrollment portal.