Medicare Advantage Plans (also called Medicare Part C) are plans offered by private health insurance companies that provide the same coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B and may include additional benefits.
Medicare Advantage coverage begins with Original Medicare. You’ll receive coverage for hospital stays, skilled nursing care, home health care (like Part A), doctor visits, outpatient care, and preventative services (like Part B). Some MA plans will then offer additional benefits like hearing care, vision, dental, nurse helplines, and fitness programs.
Medicare Supplements help you pay for your copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. They are often called “Medigap” because they help you fill the gap between what your health insurance covers and what you need to pay for. Some Medigap plans include prescription drug coverage and other benefits, but most are simply designed to help you cover those pesky “extra” costs.
However, if your Medigap policy covers prescription drugs, you cannot also have a separate prescription drug plan.