Medicare Part C is also known as Medicare Advantage and is an alternative to Original Medicare coverage. It provides the same coverage as Original Medicare, but may include extra benefits.
Within Medicare Part C, there are various types of plans. These plans include:
To be eligible for Medicare Part C, you need to be enrolled in both parts of Original Medicare, which is Parts A and B. Once you join a Part C plan, it’s important that you don’t drop Original Medicare, especially Part B, or you will lose your Part C coverage.
It’s also important to note that Part C plans are very different from Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans. While Medigap plans are designed to supplement your Original Medicare coverage, Medicare Part C is more of an alternative way to receive Original Medicare and Medicare Part D under a single plan.