Medicare Advantage (Part C)

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Updated on July 17th, 2024

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Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Part C, are offered by private health insurance companies. These plans provide additional benefits beyond Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).

These benefits include coverage for:

  • Dental/Vision 
  • Inpatient hospital and skilled nursing facility care
  • Emergency and urgent care
  • Doctor visits, surgery, preventive care,
  • Medical equipment like wheelchairs and, walkers, and more.

Additional plan benefits may also include:

  • Dental/Vision or;
  • Grocery benefits or;
  • Gym Memberships

Enrollment Information

To enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you first need to sign up for Original Medicare by enrolling in Parts A and B. If you need help getting started, refer to our “What is Medicare?” guide for detailed information.

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After enrolling in Original Medicare, you can select a Medicare Advantage plan.’s plan selector tool simplifies this process.

There are specific enrollment periods each year when you can make changes to your plan:

  • Annual Medicare Enrollment Period: October 15 through December 7.
  • Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: January 1 through March 31.


Medicare Advantage enrollees typically pay a monthly premium, averaging around $18.50 in 2024. Additionally, plans may include copays and deductibles, with an annual out-of-pocket maximum of $8,850. Once you reach this limit, your Medicare Advantage plan covers the remaining costs for the year.

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Next Steps

Review your Medicare coverage to see if these plans meets your needs. You can browse our Medicare Advantage guides to understand what’s right for you.

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