Q. I’m confused over how Medicare’s private plans work. If I enroll in one of these plans, will I still be in Medicare or in some other system?
A. Think of a big park. Every path you go down leads to a different section, offering a choice of activities — but whichever path you pick, you’re still in the park. That’s how it is in Medicare. You can choose different kinds of health care coverage within the program. And you can choose how you want your medical services delivered — the traditional way or through a private health plan. Whichever you choose, you’re still in Medicare.