Deep Bench: Which Medicare plan is best for you?

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW)-- More than 63 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare, and this year, more than one-third of all enrollees selected Medicare Advantage plans.

Dr. Rhonda Randall, a board-certified physician, geriatrician and a chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare joined the Deep Bench on NewsChannel 7 at 4 to discuss some things you need to know.

The number one thing is the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

Original Medicare includes Medicare part A- your hospitalization and your in-patient care, and includes part B, your physician and other out-patient services.

“Medicare Advantage contains both of these. But also includes part D, the Medicare prescription drug plan, into one simple easy-to-use plan with one card,” Dr. Randall said.

“Medicare Advantage often has more predictable co-pays and maximum out-of-pocket costs that are very transparent. So, you know when you go to your doctor’s office or get a procedure, exactly what it’s going to cost you up front out-of-pocket,” Dr. Randall said.

10,000 people turn 65 every day, and 1 in every 2 of them are choosing a Medicare Advantage plan.

For more information, watch the 1-on-1 interview with Dr. Randall.