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A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage

More than a third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, and the number has climbed steadily over the last decade.

10 Essential Facts About Medicare and Prescription Drug Spending

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.

Supplemental Coverage in Medicare: How Many Have It and Where Do They Get It?

Many traditional Medicare beneficiaries rely on other sources of coverage to supplement their Medicare benefits.

An Overview of Medicare: What it Covers, Whom it Serves and What it Costs

  • Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facility stays, some home health visits and hospice care.
  • Part B covers physician visits, outpatient services, preventive services and some home health visits.
  • Part C refers to the Medicare Advantage program through which beneficiaries can enroll in a private health plan.
  • Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs through private plans that contract with Medicare.

How Often is Prior Authorization Required in Medicare Advantage Plans?

Four in five Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans that require prior authorization for some services.

Medicare’s Income-Related Premiums Under Current Law and Changes for 2019

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.

Medicare Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of FAQs about the open enrollment period covers a range of topics related to Medicare enrollment, including Medicare Advantage, Part D, Medigap, and more.

Medigap Enrollment and Consumer Protections Vary Across States

Medigap helps Medicare beneficiaries cover cost-sharing requirements and protect against catastrophic expenses.

How Much Do You Know About Medicare?

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