Make sure you know key facts about Medicare before enrolling. Review the statements below and click the arrows on the left for more information. Once you understand each statement, click the box on the right.
• Domestic travel. Original Medicare covers visits to any doctor nationwide who accepts Medicare, even if it’s not your usual physician.
Medicare Advantage plans typically use local provider networks, and it may be difficult to find in-network providers in some locations. If you see an out-of-network provider, you may not be covered or you may have to pay more. All plans cover emergency and urgent care with cost sharing.
• Foreign travel. Original Medicare generally doesn’t provide coverage, but some supplemental Medigap policies can cover some of the costs of foreign travel emergencies. Most Medicare Advantage plans don’t cover health care abroad although some have limited coverage for emergency care.
• Original Medicare allows you to see any doctor nationwide who accepts Medicare.
• Medicare Advantage plans have local provider networks and may charge more for out-of-network doctors or may not cover them all, except in emergencies. Some plans also require a referral from a primary care physician to see a specialist.