Can I have an employer plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Asked by: Ms. Elsie Connelly PhD  |  Last update: September 13, 2023
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If you have health coverage from your union or employer (current or former) when you become eligible for Medicare, you may automatically be enrolled in an MA Plan that they sponsor. You have the choice to stay with this plan, switch to Original Medicare, or enroll in a different MA Plan.

Can a patient have Medicare and Medicare Advantage at the same time?

If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan you'll still have Medicare, but you'll get most of your Part A and Part B coverage from your Medicare Advantage Plan, not Original Medicare. You must use the card from your Medicare Advantage Plan to get your Medicare- covered services.

Can you have two Medicare Advantage plans?

You can only be in one Medicare Advantage Plan at a time.

Do I pay Medicare premium if I have Advantage Plan?

In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay a monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage Plan. In 2023, the standard Part B premium amount is $164.90 (or higher depending on your income). If you need a service that the plan says isn't medically necessary, you may have to pay all the costs of the service.

What are the rules to have a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Who Qualifies for Medicare Advantage? You are eligible for a Medicare Advantage plan if you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Even those on Medicare under 65 due to disability may enroll. You may sign up for a Medicare Advantage policy if you live in your chosen plan's service area.

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Is Medicare Advantage always secondary?

If the employer has 20 or more employees, then the group health plan pays first, and Medicare pays second . If the employer has fewer than 20 employees and isn't part of a multi-employer or multiple employer group health plan, then Medicare pays first, and the group health plan pays second .

Can you go back to regular Medicare after an Advantage plan?

If you're already in a Medicare Advantage plan and you want to switch to traditional Medicare, you should contact your current plan to cancel your enrollment and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Note there are specific enrollment periods each year to do this.

Does Medicare Advantage have a gap?

Some people ask: Do Medicare Advantage plans cover the donut hole? If you choose to include Medicare prescription drug coverage in your Medicare Advantage plan, it will still have a donut hole just like a regular Part D plan. Medicare Advantage does not cover any additional Part D costs during the coverage gap.

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.

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.

How do you qualify to get $144 back from Medicare?

To qualify for the giveback, you must:
  1. Be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
  2. Pay your own premiums (if a state or local program is covering your premiums, you're not eligible).
  3. Live in a service area of a plan that offers a Part B giveback.

How do you determine which insurance is primary and which is secondary?

The insurance that pays first is called the primary payer. The primary payer pays up to the limits of its coverage. The insurance that pays second is called the secondary payer. The secondary payer only pays if there are costs the primary insurer didn't cover.

Is Medicare primary or secondary?

Primary payers are those that have the primary responsibility for paying a claim. Medicare remains the primary payer for beneficiaries who are not covered by other types of health insurance or coverage. Medicare is also the primary payer in certain instances, provided several conditions are met.

Is there a penalty for switching from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare?

At any point during your first year in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can switch back to Original Medicare without penalty for the following reasons: If you left Medigap for Medicare Advantage, your trial right allows you to switch back to your Medigap policy.

Can I change Medicare Advantage plans anytime during the year?

If you are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and would like to switch to traditional Medicare, or switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, you may do so during the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs from October 15 through December 7 each year, or during the second Open Enrollment Period just ...

How long do you have to cancel a Medicare Advantage plan?

If you're in a Medicare Advantage plan with or without Part D coverage, you can:
  • Switch to another Medicare Advantage plan with or without Part D coverage, OR.
  • Disenroll from your plan and return to Original Medicare anytime between January 1 – March 31.

Do most people get Medicare Advantage?

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 are the two types of Medicare Advantage plans?

Most Medicare beneficiaries who get an Advantage plan enroll in one of two types:
  • HMO (health maintenance organization) plans.
  • PPO (preferred provider organization) plans.

Do more people have Medicare or Medicare Advantage?

In 2022, more than 28 million people are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, accounting for nearly half or 48 percent of the eligible Medicare population, and $427 billion (or 55%) of total federal Medicare spending (net of premiums).

What changes are coming to Medicare in 2024?

Starting in 2024, people with Medicare who have incomes up to 150% of poverty and resources at or below the limits for partial low-income subsidy benefits will be eligible for full benefits under the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) Program.

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.

What is the 2023 CMS final rule?

On April 5, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that revises the Medicare Advantage (MA or Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) regulations to implement changes related to Star Ratings ...