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There are a lot of acronyms in Medicare, and even more in insurance. We know, it can get very confusing when you are not hip to the “Medicare/ insurance world” lingo. As a result, one of the most repeated acronym questions we hear is: What is MAPD?
Medicare MAPD plans are private insurance plans offered by Insurance Carriers to replace Original Medicare. Also called Medicare Part C, they offer a single payer option to beneficiaries. In addition, they offer extra benefits to members above and beyond what is covered in Medicare Part A and Part B. Finally, they also include a Part D drug plan.
What does MAPD Stand for?
MAPD Stands for: Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug.
If the plan does not offer drug coverage, then it is just called a MA (Medicare Advantage) Plan. As mentioned, these plans are also called Medicare Part C, and insurance companies offer Medicare MAPD plans with extra benefits to take the place of Original Medicare.
What Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover?
Medicare Advantage Plans are regulated by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). This agency makes sure that every plan offers at least the same standards of care and coverage that Original Medicare offers. Most plans offer additional benefits, not covered by Original Medicare, such as vision, dental, hearing and even gym memberships such through organizations like SilverSneakers or Renew Active.
Medicare Advantage Plans are often set up as managed care plans with networks of doctors and hospitals members have access to. To learn more about how these networks work, please read, HMO vs PPO – Which is Better?
Costs of MAPD
Medicare Advantage Plans often come with lower premium costs than Supplement Plans. Some of them even offer “zero premium” options. They are not technically “free” because everyone still has to pay their Medicare Part B Premiums directly to the government each month.
However, they are low cost options because the government is paying the insurance company to take beneficiaries onto their books and off the government books. Essentially, the Medicare Advantage Insurance companies are replacing beneficiaries Original Medicare with their Part C plan and becoming a single-payer.
PDP vs MAPD
PDP is an acronym to Prescription Drug Plan. We also refer to it as Medicare Part D. You can read more about PDP Drug Plans here.
Similarities between PDP and MAPD Plans
- Just like Medicare Advantage (Part C), PDP plans are not administered by the U.S. government, but instead by private insurance companies. Just like MAPD Insurance plans, you can shop to find the best PDP plan for your needs each year.
- And also, just like Medicare Advantage Insurance plans, you do not have to go through medical underwriting to be accepted into a Part D plan.
- You can enter into a PDP (or MAPD) plan each year during AEP – the Annual Enrollment Period which runs from October 15th – December 7th.
Differences Between Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans
- First, if you have Original Medicare, you will need a PDP plan in addition to Parts A & B to cover your prescription drugs needs. They are not included.
- Additionally, beneficiaries on Original Medicare + a PDP Part D Drug Plan often also have a Medigap Plan (Supplement) to cover the 20% of costs, co-pays and co-insurances that Medicare does not cover.
- MAPD Healthcare Insurance Plans, on the other hand, include all three of these options in one (Parts A + B + D).
- As a result, you will not need a standalone PDP plan or a Medigap Plan in addition. All you need is your MAPD Plan (aka Medicare C).