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5 Reasons to Try a Medicare Advantage Plan Online

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Original Medicare—parts A and B—doesn’t cover all of your healthcare expenses. That’s why private insurance companies have contracted with the federal government to offer Medicare Advantage plans, which bundle additional healthcare benefits with Original Medicare.

Why consider enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

1. More benefits for little or no additional cost

Medicare Advantage plans may offer benefits like vision, dental, hearing, prescription drug coverage, and more. Some plans offer these additional benefits with $0 premiums, copays, or deductibles. The plans that do have premiums and other costs may still be cost-effective compared to obtaining these benefits through other plans or paying for them out-of-pocket.

2. Fitness benefits like Silver Sneakers

Some Medicare Advantage plans offer fitness benefits, such as membership in the popular Silver Sneakers program, which offers gym access, fitness classes, online resources, and more.

In addition to the health benefits of a regular fitness program, the social element of classes like the ones offered by Silver Sneakers can have a positive impact.

3. Healthcare transportation coverage

Some Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage for non-emergency health transportation, such as rideshare trips to or from doctor or therapy appointments. Medicare Advantage plans are the only Medicare plans that offer this benefit.

Medicare Part B only covers emergency ambulance services or non-emergency ambulance transportation with a written order from your doctor, and only to the nearest medical facility.

4. Healthcare coverage outside the United States

Original Medicare doesn’t cover any healthcare outside the U.S., except with extremely limited circumstances, most of which require you to be near a U.S. border.

If you’re a frequent traveler, as many individuals 65 and over are, you may benefit from the additional coverage that most Medicare Advantage plans offer for emergency care if you’re traveling outside the U.S. It’s rare that any routine healthcare would be covered and some plans may have a maximum limit on overseas travel benefits. Typically, you may have to pay your expenses upfront and be reimbursed by your plan.

5. All your benefits in one plan

Medicare Advantage plans combine all of your benefits in one convenient plan. While you can obtain benefits beyond Original Medicare through plans like a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, that requires maintaining multiple plans, each with its own separate set of paperwork. A Medicare Advantage plan bundles all your benefits and costs together.

Find a Medicare Advantage Plan Online

Ready to get the benefits of a Medicare Advantage plan for yourself? You can find Medicare Advantage plans online in your area with our Medicare Online Enrollment Portal. The portal allows you to compare plans and enroll in the plan you choose in one convenient place, all from the comfort of home.

Need a little help? You can call one of our Medicare Advocates, who’ll assist you in finding a plan that suits your needs. Our number is 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 and our Medicare Advocates are available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.