Medicare Part C

Medicare Part C is also called Medicare Advantage Plans.  Medicare Part C/Medicare Advantage Plans are facilitated by private insurance companies.  

Medicare Advantage Plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers except hospice care. Original Medicare covers hospice care even if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan. In all types of Medicare Advantage Plans, you’re always covered for emergency and urgently needed care.

The plan can choose not to cover the costs of services that aren’t medically necessary under Medicare. If you’re not sure whether a service is covered, check with your provider before you get the service.

Medicare Advantage Plans may offer extra coverage, like vision, hearing, dental, and/or health and wellness programs. Most include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay a monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage Plan.

In 2018, most people pay the Part B premium of $134 each month.

If you need a service that the plan says isn’t medically necessary, you may have to pay all the costs of the service, but you have the right to appeal the decision.

You can also ask the plan for a written advance coverage decision to make sure a service is medically necessary and will be covered. If the plan won’t pay for a service you think you need, you’ll have to pay all of the costs if you didn’t ask for an advance coverage decision. Get your plan’s contact information from a Personalized Search (under General Search), or search by plan name.