Medicare Part C is available through Medicare Advantage plans, and is an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Medicare Advantage plans are health insurance plans offered by private health insurance companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage health plans (such as HMOs and PPOs) are legally required to offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare, but can include additional coverage as well, such as routine vision or dental benefits, health wellness programs, or prescription drugs.
You’re eligible for Medicare prescription drug coverage if:
- You’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, and
- You also live in the service area of a Medicare plan that includes prescription drug coverage.