Want to compare Medicare Advantage plans to find the best options in Virginia? 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.
While Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement plan availability is the same throughout the state, the complexity of Medicare Advantage plans requires them to be localized. The primary reason for this is that different areas have different healthcare providers, so localized health plans offer the best choices. Click on your County to get started.
Getting Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
Most Virginia seniors qualify to join a Medicare Advantage plan. Certain diseases, most notably End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), may disqualify you from enrollment.
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.
Most of us also get an Individual Election Period (IEP), but it only comes around once. Your IEP is based on your 65th birthday. It starts the month before and ends the month after, so you have plenty of time.
To get enrolled:
- 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 Virginia Medicare Supplement Insurance and a Virginia Medicare Part D Plan (for help with your prescription drugs).
If you're not familiar with Medigap policies, and how they protect you from medical care liability, please review our Virginia Medigap Plans page. All Medigap plans are standardized. That means you can chose the plan you need based on best price without worrying about the benefits.
About Our 2019 MA and MAPD Information
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