Rick Sechler discusses the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans.
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Medicare Advantage Plans, or Part C, are one way to receive Medicare benefits. These plans combine hospital, medical, and prescription drug coverage into one plan and provide additional services that Original Medicare may not cover, often including vision, hearing, and dental. Many Medicare Advantage plans include extra benefits such as over-the-counter health and wellness items and gym memberships.
Medicare Supplement Plans (sometimes called Medigap) are designed to help fill gaps in Original Medicare coverage. These plans cover some or all of the healthcare costs not covered by Original Medicare, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Additionally, Medicare Supplement plans can provide coverage for medical services that Original Medicare does not cover, such as emergency travel outside the US or excess charges from doctors. However, Medigap plans do not include prescription drug coverage or any of the extras found with a Medicare Advantage Plan.
Rick explained: “The main difference between Medicare Advantage Plans and Medigap Plans is what type of coverage they provide. While both offer financial protection against some healthcare costs, only a Medicare Advantage Plan will cover additional benefits like vision and dental care, often not covered by Original Medicare or a Medigap plan. Additionally, while Medicare Supplement plans may have higher monthly premiums than Advantage plans, they usually have no network restrictions or referrals needed to use your benefits.”
When choosing between a Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plan, it is essential to consider what coverage people seek and how much they can afford in monthly premiums. Both plans provide valuable protection against healthcare costs, but the right plan depends on their needs.
The bottom line is that Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans have their benefits, and which plan best meets an individual’s needs depends on various factors. People must consider all the options carefully before deciding what type of coverage is right for them.
With the right information, people can make informed decisions that will help ensure their long-term health and well-being.
About Rick Sechler
Rick Sechler is a Certified Financial Planner who truly appreciates the opportunity to serve clients planning for and enjoying their retirement.
Based on over 30 years of experience and the ability to listen for the nuances that make every situation different, he believes in a collaborative process that results in solutions developed by gathering information that integrates personal and financial circumstances and goals. Communication is the most important ingredient to developing the plan that is right for you.
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