Around half of people with Medicare get their health coverage from Original Medicare and the other half from Medicare Advantage, also known as a Medicare private health plan or Part C. Individual needs, preferences, and priorities typically guide these enrollment choices. This fact sheet outlines key considerations beneficiaries often keep in mind when deciding between the two coverage pathways.
Medicare Advantage 101
This series is designed to help policymakers, advocates, beneficiaries, and others better understand Medicare Advantage and its role within the Medicare system. Also known as Part C, Medicare Advantage allows enrollees to receive Medicare benefits through a private health plan. Medicare Advantage enrollment and costs have surged in recent years, exposing systemic problems and challenging Medicare’s financial footing.
The fact sheets and videos in this series highlight the importance of strengthening Medicare by improving Medicare Advantage payment accuracy and plan accountability.
Produced with support from Arnold Ventures.