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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.com.

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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