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A Guide To Understanding Medicare Costs

Medicare Costs And Options

The amount you pay for Medicare depends on several factors, including your income and choice of coverage. Learn what to expect with Medicare costs—so you can choose a plan that’s right for your needs and budget. 

How much does Medicare cost?

Each of the four parts of Medicare involves different coverage and costs:

Part A (hospital care)

Part B (doctor visits)

Part C (Medicare Advantage plans)

Part D (prescription drug plans)

Find out what you’ll pay in premiums and out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. In many cases, an all-in-one Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan could save you money.

Medicare Advantage And Prescription Drug Coverage Costs

Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) cover the same benefits as Original Medicare (Parts A and B), plus some additional coverage like Part D prescription drug coverage. Most plans also cover dental, vision, hearing and more. 


Find out about different Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans and their costs, so you can make the best decision based on your needs. 

Medicare Advantage Plan Options

Explore the Medicare Advantage plans available to you. 

Medicare Part C Costs

Learn more about Medicare Advantage (Part C) premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare Part D Plans

Decide if a Part D prescription drug plan is right for you.

Medicare Part D Costs

Explore key factors affecting your Part D out-of-pocket costs.

Changing Medicare Plans 

Compare Medicare Advantage benefits with Original Medicare to see which coverage best fits your needs. 


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