Choose the correct Medicare advantage plan.

How to Join a Medicare Advantage Plan



Not all Medicare Advantage Plans work the same way, so before you join, find out the plan’s rules, what your costs will be, and whether the plan will meet your needs.



Contact the specific plans you’re interested in to get more information about their benefits and costs. Once you choose a plan, you may be able to join by completing a paper application, calling the plan, enrolling on the plan’s Web site. Get started comparing Medicare Advantage plans in your area.



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More about Medicare Advantage Plans

  • As with Original Medicare, you still have Medicare rights and protections, including the right to appeal.
  • Check with the plan before you get a service to find out whether they will cover the service and what your costs may be.
  • You must follow plan rules, like getting a referral to see a specialist or getting prior approval for certain procedures to avoid higher costs. Check with the plan.
  • You can join a Medicare Advantage Plan even if you have a pre existing condition, except for End-Stage Renal Disease.
  • You can only join a plan at certain times during the year. In most cases, you’re enrolled in a plan for a year.
  • If you go to a doctor, facility, or supplier that doesn’t belong to the plan, your services may not be covered, or your costs could be higher, depending on the type of Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • If the plan decides to stop participating in Medicare, you‘ll have to join another Medicare health plan or return to Original Medicare.

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