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Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage kidney disease. If you qualify for Medicare, you can review your health insurance options during Medicare Open Enrollment.

Some people choose to receive their Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage health plan.  If you’re considering Medicare Advantage, pay attention to whether you are choosing a plan that includes your current providers and hospitals at Atrium Health.

Key dates for Medicare Open Enrollment:

Open enrollment begins
October 15
Open enrollment ends
December 7
Coverage begins
January 1

During Open Enrollment, newly eligible and existing Medicare patients can review coverage options and choose to:

  • Switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (or vice versa)
  • Change from one Medicare Advantage plan to another
  • Add or change Medicare prescription drug plans
  • Make no changes to current Medicare coverage

Talk to a professional

Call eHealth to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can guide you through coverage options for free, with no obligation to enroll.

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Call 855-808-7871

Understand your options

Use eHealth’s free online tools to explore plans accepted by your Atrium Health doctors, find the right coverage and enroll when you’re ready.

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Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Learn about the 2 types of Medicare programs and what makes Medicare Advantage different.

Original Medicare

Original Medicare is the traditional Medicare program, where the government pays directly for the healthcare services you receive. You can go to any doctor or hospital that takes Medicare in the U.S. and buy supplemental coverage to help pay out-of-pocket costs.

Original Medicare includes:

  • Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage)
  • Part B (outpatient/medical coverage)

You can add:

  • Part D (prescription drug coverage)
  • Supplemental coverage / Medigap

Medicare Advantage

Instead of Original Medicare, you can get your Medicare benefits from a Medicare Advantage Plan, also known as Medicare Part C. Medicare Advantage bundles the coverage you get under Original Medicare and can include additional benefits.

Medicare Advantage includes:

  • Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage)
  • Part B (outpatient/medical coverage)

Most plans also include:

  • Part D (prescription drug coverage)
  • Extra benefits (routine dental, hearing and vision care)

Which plans include Atrium Health providers in their networks?

Introducing Devoted Health and Wellcare plans:

Under Medicare Advantage, you usually need to go to doctors and hospitals in your plan’s network in order to limit your out-of-pocket costs. Plans that include Atrium Health are:

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Medicare from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Cigna Medicare Advantage
  • Devoted Health
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • WellCare Medicare Advantage

Please note that not all plans are offered in each county. Consider choosing a plan in your county that includes Atrium Health doctors and hospitals as part of its network.

Learn which health insurance plans Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist accepts.

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Why choose a plan that includes Atrium Health?

If you already have an Atrium Health doctor or hospital you prefer, you may want to pick a plan that includes them. This lets you continue seeing them, while better managing your healthcare costs. In addition to your doctor and hospital, you get seamless connection to Atrium Health’s vast care options. A few highlights include:

  • Unmatched, world-class care from the region’s only nationally ranked health system which includes Levine Cancer Institute, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Musculoskeletal Institute and more
  • Primary care from the region’s preferred provider, including family medicine, internal medicine and women’s health 
  • The region’s largest network of behavioral health and substance use services
  • Convenient on-demand care options, like urgent cares and video visits
  • Peace of mind that when you get care from Atrium Health, you can more easily keep your out-of-pocket costs down

Frequently asked questions about Medicare Advantage