Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C
, offers managed care plans under the Medicare benefit. These options vary by area. Each Medicare Advantage Plan must provide minimum coverage specified by Medicare and may offer additional services. Each plan sets its own premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance and must also have appeal procedures.
Some individuals who receive Medicare because they have been deemed disabled by Social Security Disability find Medicare Advantage plans to be a good option. While they may decrease choice, they can eliminate the need to purchase a Medigap policy.
Medicare Part D
is the portion of the Medicare benefit that covers outpatient prescription drugs. See the "Prescription Medications" portion of the site under "Coping With Cancer Costs" to learn more about prescription medication assistance.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
can provide more information on Medicare and Medicaid coverage. For more information, you can look online at www.medicare.gov
, or call their hotline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).