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What’s a Medicare Advantage Plan?

A Medicare Advantage plan combines hospital (Part A) and medical (Part B) coverage in one plan. Some Medicare Advantage (often referred to as “MA”) plans cover prescription drugs (Part D) too.

Medicare Advantage plans are offered through private companies, like Health Partners Plans. They are an affordable option for many Medicare beneficiaries. In fact, your out-of-pocket costs often are lower in an MA plan. For these reasons, millions of Americans enjoy all the advantages of a Medicare Advantage plan.

What can a Medicare Advantage plan offer?

Many MA plans offer extra coverage and benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, including:

  • Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage and eyewear allowance
  • Hearing aid benefit
  • Fitness club memberships
  • Transportation benefit
  • Over-the-counter health items allowance
  • Worldwide emergency coverage

Copay, coinsurance and premium costs vary among MA plans.

Our Medicare Advantage Plans
Part CHealth Partners Medicare, brought to you by Health Partners Plans, offers three Medicare Advantage plans with no referrals, affordable doctor visits and prescription drug coverage.
Health Partners Medicare Prime (HMO-POS) gives you medical and prescription drug coverage, plus a fitness center membership and over-the-counter items allowance, for an affordable premium. The Prime plan offers $1,000 toward hearing aids every 3 years, as well as a $1,000 supplemental dental allowance.
Health Partners Medicare Simple (HMO-POS) offers basic health and prescription drug coverage with a $0 premium. This plan offers $0 copay for dental exams, up to $100 each year for eyeglasses and up to $500 toward hearing aids every three years.
Health Partners Medicare Special (HMO SNP) is the perfect choice if you have Medicare and full Medicaid health coverage. You get medical and prescription drug coverage plus extra benefits. Extra benefits include a fitness center membership, over-the-counter items allowance and dental coverage.
Benefits vary by plan. Cost sharing depends on plan and other factors.

Picking the Right Plan

Many Medicare beneficiaries find that MA plans better fit their needs for a lower out-of-pocket price than Original Medicare. Choosing the right Medicare plan depends on your personal situation and how much you want to pay.

If you’re still working, you may have some options for your health care coverage. Visit our “What If I’m Still Working?” page to learn more.

Our licensed benefits advisors can discuss your options with you and help you decide what plan is best for you. Call Health Partners Medicare at 1-833-477-4773 (TTY 1-877-454-8477). Advisors are available 8 a.m.–8 p.m., seven days a week, October 1 through March 31 (Monday–Friday the rest of the year).