Are you (or someone you love) an adult age 65 or older trying to navigate the healthcare space? 60 million Americans are projected to be covered by Medicare in 2020. At ACN, we understand that understanding which Medicare/Medicare Advantage Plan is right for you can be a frustrating experience. We also know that Medicare Advantage plans can give you access to additional health and wellness resources to actively improve your health. Here are some ways a Medicare Advantage plan can help you get the most from your health benefits:
Remain Physically Active to Keep Your Body Strong
We know your physical health is important to you and we are committed to helping you achieve your personal health goals. Maintaining your health also helps you reduce your total medical costs. Many Medicare Advantage plans include a gym membership as an added benefit. A gym membership gives you a place to stay active 7 days a week.
According to the National Institute on Aging, regular exercise can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease
- Keep your muscles limber
- Keep your bones strong
- Prevent muscle loss
- Improve strength
- Prevent falls
Check out this recent resource for specific exercise ideas that will help you benefit from the outcomes listed above. You can visit your local gym and try them out! It is important that you keep moving as you age, so Medicare Advantage plans can be a good option for someone who wants more opportunities to stay active.
Access Specialists Who Can Help with a Variety of Symptoms
According to the National Council on Aging, 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition and 77 percent have two or more chronic conditions. And if you have to be in the hospital or require home care, your chances of major depression increase considerably, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medicare Advantage plans often provide patients with access to a network (often called a “preferred provider network”) that includes a wide range of specialists you may need to treat symptoms you are experiencing. Whether you are struggling with depression, diabetes, an injury from a fall, or something else, Medicare Advantage plans provide access for you to get the care you need. Some Medicare Advantage plans don’t even require you to have a referral from your primary care physician to see specialists who are in the network.
Save Money with Additional Coverage
Costs and coverage will vary, but several Medicare Advantage plans include the following benefits:
- A dedicated concierge team to serve your health needs 24 hours a day
- Monthly premiums as low as $0
- Same level of coverage as Original Medicare plans
- Limits your maximum out-of-pocket expense
- Low deductibles
- Low copays for annual physicals
- Low copays for preventive care
- Low copays for primary care office visits
- Prescription drug coverage
- Over-the-counter medication coverage
- Routine dental, vision and hearing services
If saving money is important to you, a Medicare Advantage plan might be the right choice for you. These plans are designed to be an affordable option that are full of valuable health benefits to help you reach and maintain your personal health goals. Some of the additional services provided by Medicare Advantage plans are not available with original Medicare.
Where do I Begin?
Arizona Care Network is part of Alignment Health Plan’s preferred provider network for the AVA PPO plan in Arizona. If you’d like more information on how ACN and Alignment Health Plan are working together to improve the health of our members and reduce costs, visit alignmenthealthplan.com/.