Medicare Part C is Medicare Advantage

Medicare Part C, also called “Medicare Advantage,” is private insurance that includes at least all the benefits covered under Part A and B.

Part C plans may also include benefits and services not covered by Original Medicare Part A and B, typically for an extra cost. These plans often also include Part D drug coverage as part of their plans.

Costs range from “zero-premium” Advantage plans to higher-cost plans with more robust coverage and better-cost sharing.

Some people may qualify for cost assistance on Part C plans that include drug coverage based on income through the “Extra Help” program.

Citation: CMS’ program history Medicare & Medicaid.

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