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Seniors

Welcome to
the Better Medicare Alliance

The Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) wants your voice to be heard in Washington, D.C. to strengthen better health care for seniors with Medicare Advantage. Become an advocate for the leading advocacy coalition working on behalf of seniors, nurses, doctors, employers, aging service agencies, advocates, retiree organizations and senior beneficiaries to support high quality, affordable care under Medicare. Stand up for Medicare Advantage today!

MA 101

FAQ

What is the difference between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare?

With Medicare Advantage your health coverage is provided through a private plan rather than the federal government. Unlike traditional Medicare, for which you pay a separate monthly premium for Part A (Hospital), Part B (Doctors, Outpatient), and Part D (Prescription Drugs), Medicare Advantage covers all Parts A, B, and if selected, Part D all in one monthly premium, often at a lower cost to you. Medicare Advantage plans often cover additional benefits, such as dental, hearing, vision and transportation coverage at no additional cost.

If I'm in a Medicare Advantage plan, will I receive Part A and B benefits? Will I receive Part D?

 

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Better Medicare Alliance attended Florida Senior Day to talk with seniors about Medicare Advantage

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BMA Facts

Stalwart community-based organizations the YMCA and Meals on Wheels America are among 62 organizations who have joined the growing Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition dedicated to supporting Medicare Advantage as an option in Medicare.

Also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage is the part of Medicare that presents a high value, affordable option for seniors and people with disabilities. Medicare Advantage’s framework incentivizes innovative efforts to improve prevention, coordinated care, better management of chronic conditions, and provider payment models that reward value over volume. As a result of these innovations, Medicare Advantage is enhancing seniors’ health and well-being, while driving systemic improvements in care delivery.

Senior Story

David Kievit, Siesta Key, FL

I am a World War II veteran living on a small pension from 30+ years of employment and an even smaller Social Security pension.  Last summer I suffered a near-death blood infection and recovered after several weeks of hospital and rehabilitation care.  Without my AARP Medicare Advantage coverage the costs would have been devastating and would have more than wiped out what little savings I have left.

BMA Facts

With Medicare Advantage your health coverage is provided through a private plan rather than the federal government. Unlike traditional Medicare, for which you pay a separate monthly premium for Part A (Hospital), Part B (Doctors, Outpatient), and Part D (Prescription Drugs), Medicare Advantage covers all Parts A, B, and if selected, Part D all in one monthly premium, often at a lower cost to you. Medicare Advantage plans often cover additional benefits, such as dental, hearing, vision and transportation coverage at no additional cost.

BMA Facts

When Is Open Enrollment?

  • Open Enrollment for Medicare takes place each year from October 15 to December 7.

What Can I Do During The Open Enrollment Period?

During Open Enrollment, you can:

  • Change from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, and vice versa
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage plan that offers drug coverage, and vice versa
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug plan
  • Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare drug plan
  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely