What is Medicare Advantage?
Also called Medicare Part C, a Medicare Advantage plan is a Medicare-approved plan type which is offered by private insurance companies as an alternative to Original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans combine hospitalization and medical coverage into a single plan, and many include drug coverage. A Medicare Advantage plan then replaces Original Medicare, as they must include (at a minimum) the benefits offered under both Part A and Part B, but usually include additional benefits such as vision, hearing and dental services which are not covered under Original Medicare. Private insurers sometimes charge an additional monthly plan premium in addition to any monthly costs under Original Medicare. For support and information, explore our solutions for Health Plans Regulated Communications.