VIVA Medicare Select Montgomery County, AL Medicare Advantage Plan, w/o Part D

Quality Rating:VIVA Medicare Select for  County, AL, a 2014 Medicare Advantage plan, gets 3.0 out of 5 stars from CMS.
Plan ID:H0154-008
Plan Year:2014
Prescriptions:Not Covered
Rx Deductible:N/A
Mail Order Rx:N/A
Donut Hole:N/A
Benefits PDF:VIVA Medicare Select Medicare Plan Summary of Benefits PDF Download
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VIVA Medicare Select Overview

VIVA Medicare Select Medicare Advantage Plan for Montgomery County, Alabama seniors on Medicare.VIVA Medicare Select for Montgomery County, Alabama, by VIVA Medicare Plus, is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Medicare Advantage plan for seniors on Medicare. It gives you all of the same health insurance benefits as traditional Medicare and offers extras that Medicare does not cover.

The insurance premium is $0.00 per month. You also have co-payments and/or co-insurances with each healthcare service that you use. You can learn more about the basic coverage costs on the co-payments page.

The real benefit of an HMO plan like VIVA Medicare Select is lower, predictable out-of-pocket expenses. Although more restrictive than traditional Medicare, a Medicare Advantage HMO plan limits your annual out-of-pocket costs. With Medicare Parts A and B, there's no cap, leaving you vulnerable to excessive medical bills.

With an HMO you are required to use healthcare providers in the plan's network. If you don't you will incur additional costs. Also, be aware that your primary care physician must make refer you before you see a specialist.

VIVA Medicare Select Quality Rating

After its first year on the market, the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) gives each Medicare Advantage plan an overall one to five star rating. The unbiased quality assessment assists people when comparing plans. Medicare Advantage plans with five stars have the highest quality, whereas a one star plan has the lowest quality.

The CMS has awarded VIVA Medicare Select 3.0 out of 5 stars. That means Medicare deems this plan Average as compared to all others (as of 15 October, 2013).

VIVA Medicare Select Out-of-Pocket Expenses

By law, Medicare Advantage plans have an out-of-pocket limit of $6,700 per year. That said, plans can offer an out-of-pocket maximum as low as $3,400 per year. This plan's out-of-pocket spending limit is $5,000 per year. This amount is not inclusive of your monthly premium or the cost of your prescriptions. It's only what you pay when you receive heathcare services.

What this means to you is that you will no longer make co-payments or co-insurance payments when your out-of-pocket spending reaches $5,000. This is your safety net in the event of a critical illness or a serious accident. It protects you from serious financial liability and it should be carefully considered along with the premium and the co-payments.

When comparing VIVA Medicare Select with traditional Medicare benefits, don't forget that you pay about twenty percent of all healthcare expenses covered by Part A and Part B, but there is no out-of-pocket limit. In other words, you have a lot of risk unless you get a Medigap policy to cover the gaps.

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Availability

VIVA Medicare Select is available in the following Alabama cities: Cecil, Grady, Hope Hull, Lapine, Mathews, Mount Meigs, Pike Road, Pine Level, Ramer, Montgomery, and all other areas of Montgomery County.

CMS File Date: January 14, 2014.

This Medicare health insurance catalog is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on 9/30/2014.