More than a third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, and the number has climbed steadily over the last decade.
Prescription drugs play an important role in medical care for 60 million seniors and people with disabilities, and account for nearly $1 out of every $5 in Medicare spending.
Many traditional Medicare beneficiaries rely on other sources of coverage to supplement their Medicare benefits.
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As policymakers debate next steps for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering health costs, some have introduced legislation that would broaden the role of public programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Four in five Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans that require prior authorization for some services.
Beneficiaries with relatively high incomes are required to pay income-related monthly premiums for Part B, which covers physician and other outpatient services, and for Part D, which covers outpatient prescription drugs.
Medigap helps Medicare beneficiaries cover cost-sharing requirements and protect against catastrophic expenses.
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