What Is the Medicare Advantage Program?


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Medicare Advantage Plans are health care plans that are approved by Medicare. These plans are required to cover all services and procedures allowed by Medicare with the exception of hospice care. Only those who meet the age and eligibility requirements for Medicare can participate in Medicare Advantage Plans.

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Medicare Advantage Plans are also known as MA Plans or Part C. Since many different companies offer Medicare Advantage Plans, approved providers, out-of-pocket costs and referral requirements vary among plans. Most plans offer prescription drug coverage, or Part D.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions is available at Medicare.gov. Consumers can also call 1-800-633-4227 to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans.

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