How to choose the best type of Medicare coverage for you

Lesson 3

Once you have Original Medicare (Parts A and B), you have options. Not sure which is right for you? Here's some help.

Video transcript

Choose to stay with just Original Medicare if ...

  • You don't go to the doctor often
  • You have other coverage through an employer, TRICARE or the Veterans Administration (VA)
  • Paying about 20% of all your hospital and medical costs is affordable for you
  • You don't need prescription drug coverage, or you have it already
  • You don’t want additional coverage and “extras” like vision and dental and a fitness membership

Choose a Medicare Advantage with prescription drug (MAPD) plan if ...

  • Paying lower monthly premiums than Medigap is important to you
  • You want to get Medicare Part D bundled with your Medicare Parts A and B
  • You want peace of mind with predictable copayments and deductibles over paying a deductible or 20% of your medical costs
  • A plan that pays 100% of your medical costs once you've paid the out-of-pocket limit
  • You want to see doctors in the plan's network, which may save you money
  • You want a single card and one company for your Medicare
  • The plan includes extras you want, such as dental and a free gym membership

Add a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plan if ...

  • You want a plan that covers some or all of the costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover
  • Paying less - or paying nothing - when you get medical care outweighs having higher monthly premiums
  • You don't need prescription drug coverage, or you want to buy it separately
  • You want the freedom to see any doctor who accepts Medicare
  • You live outside of Michigan for more than a month each year and want to pay the same amount whether you see a doctor at home or away

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Extra credit articles

Here are some helpful articles that can help you pick the Medicare coverage that is right for you.