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Summary Box: Sorting Medicare Advantage choices

The Associated Press

DEADLINE LOOMING: The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage plans ends Dec. 7. This is the only chance most beneficiaries have each year to find coverage or switch plans.

ABOUT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE: This is a privately run, subsidized version of the government's Medicare program for seniors and the disabled. These plans can come with extras like vision or dental coverage in addition to basic Medicare coverage.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Some customers may have as many as 30 or more plans to choose from, and the monthly cost of coverage can range from nothing to nearly $100.