A recent study concluded that beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (also known as MAPD) spend almost $2,000 less per year on their healthcare costs when compared to those with Original Medicare (Parts A and B) and a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug plan (Part D). Maybe the savings are because of the valuable extras that MAPD plans offer their members.

Medicare Advantage plans are required by law to cover everything that Parts A and B cover, but typically, these MAPD plans add numerous benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t offer. These might include vision, hearing and dental coverage as well as discounted chiropractic and acupuncture. Sometimes they offer free transportation, over-the-counter (OTC) products, gym membership and even a complimentary fitness tracker. Some Medicare Advantage plans value healthy activities to the extent that they are willing to reward members with gift cards for completing preventive screenings or exercising. Also, many MAPD plans charge a lower drug deductible than a stand-alone prescription drug plan. The truly surprising part is that these Medicare Advantage plans often have $0 monthly premiums.

Check with an expert to see if one of these plans might be beneficial to you.

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