Do you need A and B for Medicare Part C?

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You can only join a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or Medicare drug plan (Part D) during certain times. You must have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) to join a Medicare Advantage Plan. You must have Medicare Part A and/or Part B to join a separate Medicare drug plan.

Can you have Medicare Part C without A and B?

Medicare Part C Eligibility. To be eligible for Medicare Part C, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, and be a resident of the Medicare Advantage plan's service area.

How does Medicare Part C compare to Part A and B?

Part B covers doctors' visits, and the accompanying Part A covers hospital visits. Medicare Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, is an alternative to original Medicare. It is an all-in-one bundle that includes medical insurance, hospital insurance, and prescription drug coverage.

Is Medicare Part A and B mandatory?

Medicare Part B helps cover medical services like doctors' services, outpatient care, and other medical services that Part A doesn't cover. Part B is optional. Part B helps pay for covered medical services and items when they are medically necessary.

Can you add Medicare Part C anytime?

No, you cannot add Medicare Part C at any time. If you qualify for a Medicare Advantage plan and are ready to enroll, it's important to understand Medicare's enrollment periods. While you may be automatically enrolled in Medicare when you become qualified, you must actively enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

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When can I add Part C to my Medicare?

If you're already enrolled in Original Medicare, you can change to a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which is October 15 to December 7. If you're already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can switch to a different one during this time.

Why would someone not have Part B Medicare?

A person does not have to sign up for Medicare Part B when they turn age 65, providing they have creditable insurance coverage. Creditable coverage provides at least the same coverage level as Medicare, and people usually obtain it through an employer.

Why would you not take Medicare Part B?

Why would I opt out of Medicare? Part B comes with a premium in most cases. Some people delay Medicare open enrollment in Medicare Part B to avoid paying the premium – especially if they have other coverage. The same can be true of Part A, for people that must pay a premium for it.

Can I decline Medicare Part B?

If you don't qualify to delay Part B, you'll need to enroll during your Initial Enrollment Period to avoid paying the penalty. You may refuse Part B without penalty if you have creditable coverage, but you have to do it before your coverage start date.

How popular is Medicare Part C?

Medicare Part C has been gaining popularity, and about 45% of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Part C rather than Original Medicare. Medicare Part C plans must follow certain federal guidelines in terms of services that must be covered and out-of-pocket limits.

Which is better Medicare Part C or F?

Of the 10 Medigap plans, C and F currently pay that deductible, which is $233 for 2022. The difference between plans C and F is that C does not cover the 15 percent in excess charges that doctors who don't participate in Medicare are allowed to charge their patients; Plan F does.

Is Medicare Supplement the same as Medicare Part C?

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.

Why doesn t everyone get Medicare Part C?

In general, a person must meet two eligibility requirements to qualify for Medicare Part C: They must already have enrolled in Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B). They must live in an area where an insurance provider offers a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan with the coverage that they require.

Do you still pay for Medicare Part B with an Advantage plan?

In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay one monthly premium for the services included in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Each Medicare Advantage Plan has different premiums and costs for services, so it's important to compare plans in your area and understand plan costs and benefits before you join.

What happens if I refuse Medicare Part D?

Medicare calculates the penalty by multiplying 1% of the "national base beneficiary premium" ($32.74 in 2023) times the number of full, uncovered months you didn't have Part D or creditable coverage. The monthly premium is rounded to the nearest $. 10 and added to your monthly Part D premium.

Why is Medicare Part B so expensive?

Medicare costs, including Part B premiums, deductibles and copays, are adjusted based on the Social Security Act. And in recent years Part B costs have risen. Why? According to, “The increase in the Part B premiums and deductible is largely due to rising spending on physician-administered drugs.

Is Medicare Part B mandatory at age 65?

Many people are working past age 65, so how does Medicare fit in? It is mandatory to sign up for Medicare Part A once you enroll in Social Security. The two are permanently linked. However, Medicare Parts B, C, and D are optional and you can delay enrollment if you have creditable coverage.

What is the penalty for Medicare Part B?

Part B late enrollment penalty

You'll pay an extra 10% for each year you could have signed up for Part B, but didn't. You may also pay a higher premium depending on your income.

Why would someone have Medicare Part A only?

For most people, Part A is premium-free. Although permissible to sign up for Medicare Part A only, this only comes recommended when group insurance provides medical coverage equal to Part B, or better. Some retirees continue under insurance from an employer or union when first becoming eligible for Medicare.

What is the alternative to Part B Medicare?

Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative way to receive your Original Medicare Part A and Part B benefits through private, Medicare-approved insurance companies. You're still enrolled in Medicare, but the Medicare Advantage plan administers your benefits.

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.

Is Medicare Part C being phased out?

Medicare Supplement Plan C is being phased out, along with Plan F. The coverage between Plan F and Plan C is nearly identical. The only difference is that Plan C doesn't cover the Part B excess charges.

What extra benefits are in Medicare Part C?

Extra benefits included with a Medicare Advantage plan

Routine vision care (eye exams, eyeglasses and contacts) Routine hearing care (hearing tests, hearing aids) Fitness programs. Gym memberships.

Does Medicare Part C require premium?

Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C):

Monthly premiums vary based on which plan you join. The amount can change each year. You must keep paying your Part B premium to stay in your plan. Deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments vary based on which plan you join.