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What Are Medicare Advantage Plans?

Navigating healthcare options can be a daunting task for seniors, especially with so many health plans to choose from. But don't worry, Medicare Advantage Plans offer comprehensive coverage and peace of mind. With these plans, you'll have access to all the doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare services you need - so you can rest assured you're making the right choice.

Health Blueprints has been a trusted leader in the healthcare industry for over two and a half decades, providing Medicare Advantage Plans that are custom-made to meet the requirements of every individual. They understand the importance of reliable coverage, so you can count on their plans to get the job done. Plus, their years of experience mean you can rest easy knowing you're in good hands.

It's no surprise that Medicare Advantage Plans are becoming more and more popular - in fact, in 2021, almost 25 million people are already enrolled. And to top it off, these plans offer lower out-of-pocket costs - the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that the average annual out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Advantage Plans are a whopping $3,222, which is way less than the $5,196 you'd have to shell out for traditional Medicare.

At Health Blueprints, they get it: selecting the ideal Medicare Advantage Plan is a major deal. Their pro team is devoted to aiding their clients in finding the most suitable coverage for them. Their plans grant access to a broad range of hospitals, physicians, and experts. Plus, they offer bonus perks like vision and dental coverage, plus access to fitness programs and wellness resources – so you get the whole package!

Seniors looking for a reliable and comprehensive Medicare Advantage Plan should turn to Health Blueprints! Their experienced team is dedicated to delivering the best coverage and care possible - offering tailored services that guarantee satisfaction. Plus, with their no-nonsense approach, you can rest assured that you're making the right choice.

What Are the Benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans?

Maximizing coverage and lowering out-of-pocket expenses is easy with Medicare Advantage Plans! Not only do they offer additional services that traditional Medicare doesn't, like vision, hearing, and dental coverage, but they often feature lower costs and additional benefits such as gym memberships and transportation services. We get it - finding the right plan for you can be a bit overwhelming - that's why our talented team is here to help you every step of the way. We'll work with you to understand your options and find the plan that fits your individual needs. So don't stress - get the coverage you need with Medicare Advantage Plans!

Coverage Options

Navigating Medicare Advantage Plans can be a daunting process. But our team is here to help make it easier. We'll work with you to understand the various coverage options available and figure out which one is the best fit for you and your family. From traditional Medicare Advantage Plans to those with additional benefits, such as vision and dental, the choices can be overwhelming.

But don't worry, we'll break down all the options and explain how to weigh the pros and cons of each. For example, you may want to consider a plan that covers prescription drugs, which not all Medicare Advantage Plans include. Or maybe you're looking for a plan that offers coverage for routine doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency care.

No matter what coverage option you choose, it’s important to know that Medicare Advantage Plans are required to provide at least the same coverage as Original Medicare, but may also include extra benefits. So if you're after something more comprehensive, we can help you find a plan that goes above and beyond. With our help, you can make an informed decision that best suits your individual needs.

Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs

Lower out-of-pocket costs can be a real burden, so it's understandable that folks want to save as much as possible when choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan. But finding the right plan for your budget can seem like a daunting task. That's why we're here to help! Our team has the resources and expertise to compare and contrast plans and get you the best deal for your needs.

When you go with a Medicare Advantage Plan, you may be able to get some serious savings on those out-of-pocket costs. Each plan and location has different copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, so it's important to do your homework. Our professionals will help you understand the differences between plans and make an informed choice.

Plus, many Medicare Advantage Plans offer added benefits that can help you save even more. We'll walk you through the options, including vision and dental coverage, hearing exams and aids, gym memberships and more, so you can get the coverage that works best for you.

No Referral Needed

Having a Medicare Advantage Plan gives you the freedom to seek specialist care without the hassle of a referral. No more waiting around for the okay from your primary care physician - you can simply go straight to any provider who accepts Medicare. This opens up a world of possibilities; you have more options for finding the provider that best fits your needs - whether it's nearby or has a specialized skill set.

A recent survey revealed that as many as 65% of Medicare Advantage Plan enrollees don't need a referral to get the care they need. We make sure that getting the care you need isn't a wild goose chase. Our plans are designed to make sure you have access to the care you need, when you need it, without jumping through hoops. You can rest assured that you'll be able to get the care you need, fast.

How Do I Enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan is a great way to get the most out of your Medicare benefits. But we know navigating the system can be tricky, so we've got some tips to make it easier.

First off, check your eligibility. If you're 65 or over, have a disability, or have End-Stage Renal Disease, you're in luck! Once you know you qualify, it's time to compare plans to find the one that works best for you. Consider premiums, deductibles, and copays to make sure you're getting the coverage you want at a price you can afford.

Finally, enrolling is a breeze. Get in touch with your state's Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or the plan itself and you'll be all set. Oh, and don't forget to keep records of the application and any other paperwork related to your enrollment. Then you can reap the rewards of a Medicare Advantage Plan in no time.

Find a Plan

Navigating the Medicare Advantage Plan maze can be intimidating. We get it—with so many options out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But with our help and the right resources, you can make an educated decision that fits your needs perfectly.

At our team, we think it's essential to compare different plans and pick the one that's right for you. Start by searching for plans in your area provided by private insurance companies. Additionally, explore online resources to assess plans side-by-side and get the scoop on what's covered. These resources can also provide details on co-pays, deductibles, and the like.

And don't forget to check in with a Medicare insurance specialist—they can help you understand the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, plus answer any questions you have. When you have the right info, you can make a smart choice that meets your needs and budget.

Enrollment Periods

Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) requires careful consideration, and it's vital to stay up-to-date on the enrollment periods and deadlines associated. Generally, the enrollment window is open from October 15th to December 7th. If you're already a MAP member, you can take advantage of this time to switch plans if you'd like. Just remember that you must make a change before the end of the year, as coverage won't be able to switch over after January 1st.

If you're not currently a MAP enrollee, the Open Enrollment Period is your chance to sign up without any penalties or restrictions. On the other hand, if you miss this period, you may still be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period due to certain life events like relocating.

Making the right decision for your needs is critical, and our team is here to help. We'll make sure the enrollment process is as easy as possible and that you get the best coverage out of your MAP plan. With the right plan, you can have the peace of mind that you're fully protected.

Special Enrollment Periods

Special enrollment periods (SEPs) are a great way for us to lend a helping hand to those who may have fallen through the cracks of Medicare enrollment. SEPs provide a valuable opportunity to get coverage for those who have missed the regular enrollment window or experienced a qualifying life event. These events could be anything from losing employer health coverage, to moving to a new state, or even qualifying for Medicaid.

Our team is dedicated to making sure these individuals are aware of the options available to them during SEPs and get the coverage they need. Keeping up to date with the varying SEP rules and regulations can be tricky, since they can differ from state to state, but we’re up for the challenge.

In the end, SEPs are invaluable in our mission to get everyone the coverage they deserve. We’re passionate about making sure no one slips through the cracks, and SEPs are an essential tool in this endeavor.

What Are the Drawbacks of Medicare Advantage Plans?

Medicare Advantage Plans can be a great option for those who qualify, but there are a few drawbacks to consider. For instance, the services covered by the plan can vary widely, and some may require a co-pay. Plus, if you move to a different area, you may need to switch plans, which could mean that your current plan no longer covers your needs.

In addition, Medicare Advantage Plans often require you to use certain healthcare networks and providers. If your doctor isn't part of that network, you may have to find a new one or pay out-of-pocket for the visit. And if you need to see a specialist, you'll probably need a referral from your primary care doctor, which can mean more waiting time and paperwork.

And while Medicare Advantage Plans can sometimes be cheaper than traditional Medicare, they may not cover all of the same services. So, you might have to pay out-of-pocket for some services that were previously covered. That's why we always suggest that people read the fine print of any plan before signing up, to make sure it covers all of their needs.

At our team, we understand that choosing the right Medicare Advantage Plan can be tricky. That's why we always encourage people to do their homework and check out the plan's network of providers, benefits, and out-of-pocket costs. If you can, talk to someone who is already enrolled in the plan to get a better understanding of the coverage.

Higher Premiums

It's understandable to be wary of signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan because of the extra costs involved. We get it - higher premiums can be a real burden. But, it's important to remember that these plans also come with plenty of added benefits that may just offset the extra money.

For one, many Medicare Advantage Plans offer more coverage for prescription drugs, vision and dental care, and even hearing aids than traditional Medicare plans. Plus, they often have larger networks of doctors, specialists, and hospitals that can be invaluable for those who need frequent medical attention.

On top of that, many plans also offer extra perks like fitness programs, transportation to medical appointments, and telehealth services that can help reduce out-of-pocket expenses and make life a little easier.

So, when weighing the costs of higher premiums, it's important to take into account the extra benefits associated with a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you have any questions, our team is here to help you figure out the best plan for you.

Limited Network of Doctors

Navigating the sea of health care providers can be overwhelming and intimidating. That's why our team at Health Blueprints is here to take the guesswork out of finding the right doctor for you. Our network of carefully pre-screened, highly trained physicians and specialists is consistently updated and ready to meet your health care needs. In addition, we have established partnerships with local hospitals and pharmacies to provide our members with the most comprehensive care. And if that wasn't enough, we offer 24/7 customer service and online resources so you can always find the right provider quickly and easily. Our mission is to make sure you have access to the best care and all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.

Additional Costs

When selecting a Medicare Advantage plan, it's key to consider all costs associated. Our team recommends you don't forget to look into additional costs beyond the monthly premium. This could include deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Deductibles are what you pay for medical services or prescriptions before the plan kicks in any of the cost. Copayments are a set amount you pay for a service or prescription—like a doctor visit—after the deductible has been met. Coinsurance is a portion of the cost you pay for medical services or prescriptions.

It's critical to compare these costs when picking a Medicare Advantage plan. Some plans may have higher monthly premiums but lower deductibles and copayments. We advise comparing the total cost to find the plan that offers the best coverage and value for you.

It's also key to contemplate other potential costs, like vision or dental services, or if you'll need to see specialists or get medical care outside of your plan’s network. Make sure you're aware of what your plan covers and what costs you may have to pony up out-of-pocket.


Navigating copays with Medicare Advantage Plans can be tricky, but our team is here to help. With a copay, you can expect to pay a fixed fee out of pocket when you get a service. Copays may also come with a deductible, which is a set amount you have to pay before the copay kicks in. We get it, this stuff can be confusing – that's why our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any of your questions and make sure you have the most suitable plan for your needs and budget. Whether you're looking for hospital stays or office visits, we've got a wide range of services and plans to choose from. And if you need a little extra help understanding copays, our team is always ready to lend a hand. We're committed to helping you make informed decisions about your healthcare!


Navigating the world of deductibles and Medicare Advantage Plans can be overwhelming. We know that many of our readers may not be familiar with how deductibles work and what it means for their coverage. So, here's the low-down: A deductible is an upfront cost associated with your Medicare Advantage Plan that must be paid before any coverage kicks in. Usually, the higher the deductible, the lower the plan's overall cost.

The amount of the deductible varies between plans, and our experts can help you decide which one is right for you and your budget. Plus, some plans offer extra coverage that Original Medicare doesn't, like vision, hearing, dental, and prescription drug care. That means lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. Our team will make sure you've got all the info you need to make the best choice for you.


Understanding coinsurance and how it works is key to getting the most out of your Medicare Advantage Plans. Coinsurance is the portion of the costs you're responsible for after you meet your deductible - usually a percentage, like 20%. That means that if you have a doctor's bill of $100, you would pay $20 and your Medicare Advantage Plans company would pay the other $80.

Coinsurance doesn't just apply to doctor's visits, either. Depending on your plan, it might also cover things like lab tests, hospital stays, and prescriptions. It's important to know what your plan covers so you can plan and budget for your health care costs.

If you have questions about coinsurance or your coverage, our team is here to help. We understand that these costs can be confusing and overwhelming, so don't hesitate to reach out!

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