October 6, 2016
Under the Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) program, private insurance companies that contract with Medicare deliver the same benefits as the federally administered Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer additional coverage, such as routine vision, dental, or prescription drug benefits.
Unfortunately, Medicare Advantage plans are largely unavailable in the state of Alaska. But beneficiaries can still get their Original Medicare coverage through Part A and Part B. You may be able to enroll in stand-alone prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D. Also, you may be able to enroll in a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plan, offered by private insurance companies, which may help you pay your out-of-pocket costs for services covered under Original Medicare.
To get an overview of how Medicare works in Alaska and to see other plans that might be available, see: