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

With Medicare Open Enrollment upon us (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 2018. A growing number of people – nearly 20 million – are choosing Medicare Advantage. So, what’s the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage? Check out this chart for a quick overview.

 

More people are recognizing the value and simplicity Medicare Advantage offers, and enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent over the last five years. More than one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries have chosen Medicare Advantage, and there are many different plan options to choose from. To view plans in your area, visit UHCMedicarePlans.com.

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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, 2012 and 2017.

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