Want to compare Medicare Advantage plans to find the best options in Massachusetts? You're one little step away. You'll need to go to your County page to see the plans that apply to you. Medicare Advantage plan options vary by area. Here's why.
Unlike prescription drug plans (Medicare Part D), which are the same statewide, Medicare Advantage plan availability and options vary by area. The reason for this is simple. Not all areas have the same healthcare providers, so localized plans are better. Click on your County to get started.
How-To Enroll in Medicare Advantage
Most people living in Massachusetts, age 65 and older, qualify to enroll in Medicare Advantage. An exception is a disqualifying illness, such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
You can join or switch plans during a Medicare Election Period. For most people, the Annual Election Period (AEP), which starts on 15 October and ends 7 December, is the time they update their enrollment.
There's also an Individual Election Period (IEP) that you can use once. Your IEP is a 90 day period around your 65th birthday. It starts the month before you turn 65 and ends the month after.
You can get enrolled three ways:
- Call a plan directly. If you know the plan you want, this way is quick and easy.
- Go to www.Medicare.gov and enroll through the government website. From there you can look up your medications, compare plans, and get your application started online.
- Use an independent insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage, Which is Better?
Medicare Advantage is one way to get full coverage healthcare. You also have the option to hold on to your Original Medicare PFFS benefits and upgrade your coverage with Massachusetts Medicare Supplement Insurance and a Massachusetts Medicare Part D Plan (for help with your prescription drugs).
If you are not aware of the benefits of a Medicare Supplement, and how it pays the big medical bills from an extended illness or hospital stay, visit our Massachusetts Medigap Plans page. All Medicare Supplements are standardized and regulated. That means you can go with the lowest cost policy and get all of the same benefits.
About Our 2019 MA and MAPD Information
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