October 20, 2006, Newsletter Issue #75: Medicare Advantage Plans

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A Medicare Advantage Plan has the benefits of Medicare - coverage for doctor's visits, hospital stays and Hospice care - with the benefits of a prescription drug plan.



Currently, if you are eligible for Medicare, you are eligible to apply for a wide range of plans, from Medigap to Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan (Part D). If you already have a good healthcare insurance plan, you may want to consider whether changing to a Medicare Advantage plan is right for you.



Weigh the risks and benefits:



1. Will you lose coverage with your

original Medicare or insurance plan?

2. Will your premiums or drug costs

increase?

3. Will your prescription drug co-pays be

more expensive?

4. Will choosing the Medicare Advantage

plan negatively impact your ability to

get your medicare diabetic supplies?



If the answers to these questions is a resounding "no," then perhaps a Medicare Advantage Plan is for you.



Contact your local Social Security Office, the Medicare hotline at 1-800 MEDICARE, or log onto the Medicare website at: MEDICARE.GOV, to get more information on Medicare Advantage Plans.

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