Can I go from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage?

Asked by: Prof. Dolly Kautzer  |  Last update: October 17, 2023
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You can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan from Original Medicare during the Annual Enrollment Period each fall, October 15 through December 7.

When can I switch from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage plan?

Open Enrollment Period

October 15-December 7. Join, drop, or switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan (or add or drop drug coverage). Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.

Why would I choose Medicare Advantage over Original Medicare?

Original Medicare does not include prescription drug coverage. You may choose to purchase a stand-alone prescription drug plan from a private company. Most Medicare Advantage plans include coverage for prescription drugs, although there are also MA plans that cover medical services only.

Why do so many older adults choose Medicare Advantage?

Many Medicare Advantage plans offer additional benefits, such as money toward dental or vision care, which isn't covered by original Medicare. About 1 in 4 people say extra benefits pushed them to choose Medicare Advantage, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a health care think tank.

Does Medicare Advantage cover everything Original Medicare covers?

Medicare Advantage Plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers except hospice care. Original Medicare covers hospice care even if you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan. In all types of Medicare Advantage Plans, you're always covered for emergency and urgent care.

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Can I switch from original Medicare to advantage?

You can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan from Original Medicare during the Annual Enrollment Period each fall, October 15 through December 7.

Why people don t like Medicare Advantage plans?

High Out-of-Pocket Costs

One of the primary reasons why Medicare Advantage plans are bad for some is because of their high costs. While these plans may offer lower premiums than traditional Medicare, they often come with additional costs that can quickly add up.

Why are people switching to Medicare Advantage?

Lower out of pocket costs

Under Medicare Advantage, each plan negotiates its own rates with providers. You may pay lower deductibles and copayments/coinsurance than you would pay with Original Medicare. Some Medicare Advantage plans have deductibles as low as $0.

Is Medicare Advantage better or worse?

For many seniors, Medicare Advantage plans can work well. A 2021 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Advantage enrollees often receive more preventive care than those in traditional Medicare. But if you have chronic conditions or significant health needs, you may want to think twice.

Do most people get a Medicare Advantage plan?

Nearly half of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, a popular program that provides affordable, coordinated, patient-centered care and offers additional benefits that address social needs, such as meal support and transportation.

What percentage of Medicare recipients have Medicare Advantage?

Between 2019 and 2023, Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown by 2.1 percent. As of January 2023, 48 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, translating to 30.7 million people. Medicare Advantage enrollment growth continued at a rapid pace, adding 2.7 million beneficiaries in 2023.

Is Medicare Advantage more expensive than traditional Medicare?

Medicare Advantage can cost less than Original Medicare. That's because Medicare Advantage plans must have a maximum out-of-pocket limit.

Is Medicare Advantage going away?

While there are no current plans for the Medicare Advantage program to be phased out, in some situations, your Part C coverage may end through no fault of your own.

Can I switch from a Medicare Supplement plan to an Advantage plan?

Not only you can switch from Medigap to Medicare Advantage (MA), but depending on your situation, this may be a smart move for Medicare-eligible seniors. Medigap is typically more expensive than Medicare Advantage, so if you start with Medigap but cannot afford it's monthly premiums, MA can save you money each month.

Can I cancel a Medicare Advantage plan before it goes into effect?

Medicare Advantage enrollment periods include the Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, and in some instances, Special Enrollment Periods. Remember: an enrollment period is the only time you are eligible to make a change to or cancel your Medicare Advantage plan.

Do Medicare Advantage plans have to accept everyone?

A Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan, known as Medicare Part C, provides Part A and B benefits, and sometimes Part D (prescription drugs), and other benefits. All Medicare Advantage providers must accept Medicare-eligible enrollees.

Can you have a Medicare Supplement plan and a Medicare Advantage plan at the same time?

Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Supplement plans help pay for costs not covered by Original Medicare (Parts A and B). However, they provide 2 different types of coverage, and you can't have both at the same time.

Is there a difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage?

Traditional Medicare. Traditional Medicare (also called Original Medicare) includes Medicare Part A and Part B, which give you inpatient and outpatient coverage. The difference with Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) is that they include Part A and Part B coverage, plus much more.

Is Medicare Advantage risk based?

First, Medicare Advantage plans bid against FFS Medicare county benchmarks to determine payment. CMS adjusts benchmarks based on the average FFS Medicare risk score in the county. These adjusted benchmarks represent the maximum amount CMS will pay to an individual plan.

What does it mean when you have a Medicare Advantage plan?

A Medicare Advantage (MA) plan is a type of health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Medicare Parts A and B benefits. MA plans include health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, private fee-for-service plans, and Special Needs Plans.

What costs count toward the out of pocket maximum for Medicare Advantage MA plans?

The out-of-pocket costs that help you reach your MOOP include all cost-sharing (deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments) for Part A and Part B covered services that you receive from in-network providers. Part D cost-sharing does not count towards your plan's MOOP.

Do you have to re enroll in Medicare every year?

Unless you take action to change it during the Annual Enrollment Period, your current Medicare coverage will renew for the following year. Automatic renewal helps ensure that you will have continuing coverage.

Can you drop Medicare Part B anytime?

You can voluntarily terminate your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). However, you may need to have a personal interview with Social Security to review the risks of dropping coverage and to assist you with your request.

Can Medicare Advantage plans pay less than traditional Medicare pays?

After accounting for differences in hospital networks, geographic areas, and case-mix between Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare, we found that Medicare Advantage plans paid 5.6 percent less for hospital services than FFS Medicare did.