Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How do they compare?

With the Medicare Annual Enrollment deadline approaching on Dec. 7, now is the time to review whether your Medicare coverage is a good fit for your health care needs and make any needed changes for 2021. 

A growing number of people – now more than 25 million* – are choosing Medicare Advantage. So, what’s the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage? Check out this chart for a helpful overview.

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Looking to learn more? You may be enrolling in Medicare for the first time; you may be looking to change coverage during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7; you may be helping a loved one with their Medicare decisions. No matter your situation, visit GetToKnowMedicare.com to access resources to help you prepare and make confident Medicare decisions.


*Medicare Advantage Enrollment data is from CMS, July 2020.