Want to compare Medicare Advantage plans to find the best options in Washington? 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 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, which are a statewide option, Medicare Advantage Plans vary by county. The reason for this is simple. Not all areas have the same healthcare resources, or needs, so county-by-county plans work better. Click on your County to get started.
Getting Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
Most Washington 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.
You also have an Individual Election Period (IEP). Your IEP begins the month before your 65th birthday, includes your birth month, and continues the month after your birth month.
There are three ways to enroll:
- 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.
Original Medicare + Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage
If you are worried that an HMO or PPO plan will try to limit your care, Medicare Advantage is not the only way to get full coverage. For a little more each month you can have the best care available and lower your out-of-pocket expenses. Savvy seniors hold on to their Original Medicare and get the additional coverage they need with a Washington Medicare Part D Plan (prescriptions) and Washington Medicare Supplement Insurance.
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 Washington 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 Private Health Insurance Data
The private health insurance data we publish is received from public data files provided by the U.S. federal government. We make every attempt to keep our databases up-to-date. In spite of this, we simply cannot ensure the exactness of the details. Only a licensed health insurance agent can give you a binding quote.
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