(BPT) - Confused about Medicare plans? You're not alone. Whether you're signing yourself up for Medicare or you're helping a loved one, the process can be overwhelming. Plus, with inflation higher than it’s been in decades, it's more important than ever to save on healthcare costs without sacrificing the benefits you need to live a healthy, fulfilling life.

Many people opt for Medicare Advantage, which are plans created by private companies that follow Medicare rules. These are sometimes referred to as Part C or MA Plans. When researching, you'll likely find several dozen plan options and it's not always clear which one is the best fit for you. To help guide you, consider these five important points when choosing a Medicare Advantage plan:

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