Can I have both Medicare and Medicare Advantage?

Asked by: Dr. Lester Volkman  |  Last update: December 25, 2023
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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 2 Medicare plans at the same time?

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

Do I have to pay both Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage?

In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay a monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage Plan.

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.

Is Medicare Advantage ever 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 .

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Is it better to have Medicare as primary or secondary?

Medicare is most often found to be the secondary insurance provider for beneficiaries who are still in work and receive employer insurance benefits, or in special cases where they have retired but are still covered by their former employer as part of ongoing lifetime benefits.

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.

Are Medicare Advantage plans going to be discontinued?

Many plans also cover extra benefits, such as prescription drugs, routine vision, dental coverage, or hearing services. 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 you cancel a Medicare Advantage plan at any time?

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.

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.

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage?

With Original Medicare you can go to any hospital and see any doctor or provider within the U.S. who accept Medicare. You do have limited coverage in foreign countries, though. With Medicare Advantage, most plans have a network of doctors and providers you can see.

What happens when you run out of Medicare days?

For days 21–100, Medicare pays all but a daily coinsurance for covered services. You pay a daily coinsurance. For days beyond 100, Medicare pays nothing. You pay the full cost for covered services.

Can you have a supplement plan and an 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 it necessary to have a Medicare supplement?

Medicare supplement plans are optional but could save you big $$$ on doctor bills. Your cost-sharing under Part B is similar. You are responsible for paying your Part B deductible, which is $226 in 2023. Then Part B Medicare only pay 80% of approved services.

How many times can you change Medicare plans in a year?

You may be eligible to change plans at other times, too. Keep these periods in mind if you want to see doctors or use medications that aren't covered under your Medicare Advantage plan. Everyone with Medicare Advantage has two opportunities to change plans each year.

Why are people leaving Medicare Advantage plans?

Limited Network of Providers

Another common reason why people leave their Medicare Advantage plan is due to network restrictions. Going out of the network for care could result in high fees. Even if you have a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan, you'll pay more to visit doctors that aren't in the network.

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.

What is the premium for Medicare Advantage in 2023?

CMS announced that the average monthly plan premium among all Medicare Advantage enrollees in 2023, including those who pay no premium for their Medicare Advantage plan, is expected to be $18 a month.

Is there a penalty if I don't enroll in Medicare at age 65?

Part A late enrollment penalty

If you have to buy Part A, and you don't buy it when you're first eligible for Medicare, your monthly premium may go up 10%. You'll have to pay the penalty for twice the number of years you didn't sign up.

Do you automatically get Medicare with Social Security?

If you're already getting benefits from Social Security or the RRB, you'll automatically be enrolled in both Part A and Part B starting the first day of the month you turn 65. If your birthday is on the first day of the month, Part A and Part B will start the first day of the prior month.

Is Medicare going up in 2023?

For 2023, the Part A deductible will be $1,600 per stay, an increase of $44 from 2022. For those people who have not worked long enough to qualify for premium-free Part A, the monthly premium will also rise. The full Part A premium will be $506 a month in 2023, a $7 increase.

How much is Medicare Part B?

Most people pay the standard Part B monthly premium amount ($164.90 in 2023). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you'll pay for Part B in 2023. You pay the standard premium amount if you: Enroll in Part B for the first time in 2023.

Is a Medicare Advantage plan primary over Medicare?

When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, the private insurance carrier pays for your medical care instead of Medicare. Therefore, Medicare is no longer responsible for paying your claims. Your Medicare Advantage plan is your primary and only coverage.

What is a secondary insurance to Medicare is called?

Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) is extra insurance you can buy from a private health insurance company to help pay your share of out-of-pocket costs in. Original Medicare.