Unhappy With Your Medicare Advantage Plan? Dump it While You Can

The good news? You don’t have to get stuck with an Advantage plan you don’t like. The bad news? You have a limited window to make a change.

When it comes to Medicare coverage, you have choices. You can opt for original Medicare, which gives you hospital coverage under Part A and outpatient coverage under Part B, and sign up for a Part D plan to go along with it, or you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan instead. Advantage plans are offered by private insurers and are required to provide at least the same level of coverage as original Medicare. And often, Advantage plans offer added benefits, like coverage for dental care, eye exams, hearing aids, and supplemental benefits, like meal delivery services.

If you recently switched to a new Medicare Advantage plan during fall open enrollment, or decided to keep the plan you had last year, you may be regretting that decision already. This especially holds true if the plan you got used to has changed for the worse, or if you’re new to your plan and are having trouble finding providers within your approved network.

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