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Medicare Advantage Benefits

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may include benefits not available in Original Medicare or Medigap Plans. You can get the following exclusive benefits in an MA Plan:

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Find out when you can change your MA Plan to get these benefits.

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Senior man discovers Medicare Advantage benefits.

Changing Your MA Plan

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Senior man considers HMO vs PPO advantage plans.

If you want different benefits in your MA Plan, you can switch your plan from January 1 to March 31 during MA Open Enrollment 2021. After this, you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage Plan during the Annual Election Period. However, outside these Open Enrollment Periods, you could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Discover the different Medicare Advantage benefits and costs between HMO and PPO Plans.

Medicare Advantage Dental Plans

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Medicare Advantage Plans may include routine dental care. For example, your dental plan may cover regular teeth cleanings and dental exams. Read about Dental Plans for Seniors, and discover the importance of regular dental checkups. Furthermore, find out how dental coverage can help you avoid oral cancer and gum disease.

In addition to dental coverage, your MA Plan may also include a fitness program.

Medicare Advantage Fitness Program

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People aged 65 or older can enroll in an MA plan that includes the Silver Sneakers’ fitness program. Members of Silver Sneakers have access to over 16,000 fitness locations across the United States. Discover the benefits of joining Silver Sneakers.

However, if you have MA Plan from UnitedHealthcare, you can join their fitness program called Renew Active. This program offers members “thousands of workout videos with Fitbit Premium content.” Furthermore, you get an “online brain health program with exclusive content from AARP Staying Sharp.” 

Medicare Advantage Hearing Benefits

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Find a MA Plan that includes hearing aids

Medicare Advantage Plans may provide hearing benefits. For example, Aetna Medicare Plans cover an annual routine hearing exam and hearing aid fitting. Senior Healthcare Direct can help you find a Medicare Advantage plan with hearing benefits. Call 1-855-368-4717 or find your MA Plan.

Read the article Does Medicare cover hearing aids and discover how much an MA Plan could save you.

Medicare Advantage Transportation Benefits

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Medicare Advantage Plans may provide transportation to your health care provider. For example, the Aetna Access2Care service gets you there and back. Aetna’s transportation benefit provides non-emergency transport, 24 one-way trips up to 60 miles per trip at no extra cost.

Furthermore, some MA plans may cover trips to your fitness center. Moreover, your Lyft or Uber trips to health care providers may also be covered. 

MA Vision Benefits

Original Medicare does cover diabetes eye care or glaucoma. However, MA plans may cover vision benefits, such as the cost of eyeglasses. For example, UnitedHealthcare MA plans offer vision benefits that may include:

  • Corrective glasses lenses
  • Frames
  • Contact lenses

Call Senior Healthcare Direct at 1-855-368-4717 to shop Medicare Advantage Plans.

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Some MA Plans cover the cost of corrective eyeglasses

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