Medicare Advantage: How to choose a plan
When deciding which Medicare Advantage plan is best for you, consider the “four Cs”: Coverage, cost, convenience and customer service.
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- Look for plans that limit out-of-pocket expenses. Consider the added value you’ll get with plans that offer preventive services as well as dental or vision benefits.
- Before selecting a plan, request a list of covered drugs and make sure your prescriptions are included. Some plans also offer coverage in the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the "donut hole." This means that you won’t have to pay additional out-of-pocket costs for your prescriptions after you and your drug plan have reached the annual limit for your covered drugs.
- Find the right balance between out-of-pocket costs and premiums for you. Pay close attention to the cost of both brand name and generic drugs.
- Become familiar with these important cost-related terms:
- Monthly premium: The amount you pay each month to cover the cost of your membership in the plan
- Deductible: The amount you must pay for healthcare before the plan begins to pay
- Copayment: The amount you pay for each medical service, like a doctor visit
- Coinsurance: The percentage of a charge for services you may have to pay after you pay your plan’s deductible
- Select coverage from a health plan whose network includes the doctors and pharmacies you know.
- If you need help, you want to make sure your insurance company will be there. To find a health plan that offers excellent customer service, look for an independent review from a source such as the National Committee for Quality Assurance's annual plan rankings.
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