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Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How Do They Compare?

With Medicare Annual Enrollment upon us, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, now is the perfect time to review whether your Medicare coverage is a good fit for your health care needs and make any needed changes for 2019.

A growing number of people – now more than 21 million – are choosing Medicare Advantage. So, what’s the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage? Check out this chart for a helpful overview.


More people are recognizing the value and simplicity Medicare Advantage offers. In fact, more than one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries have chosen Medicare Advantage*, and there are many different plan options available to help meet your health and budget needs. To view plans in your area, visit UHCMedicareHealthPlans.comOpens a new window.

Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies. For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans: A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.

*Medicare Advantage Enrollment data is from CMS, August 2018.

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