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The average Louisiana senior compares three or more plan options before making an enrollment decision.
Getting Enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan in Rapides Parish
Most Louisiana 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 Louisiana insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage, Which is Better in Rapides Parish, LA?
Medicare Advantage is one way to get full coverage healthcare. However, many people feel that Medicare Advantage plans in Rapides Parish are bad. So, you have the option to keep your Original Medicare benefits and upgrade your coverage with Louisiana Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap) and a Louisiana Medicare Part D plan (PDP) for help with prescription medications.
If you're not familiar with Medigap policies, and how they protect you from medical care liability, please review our Medicare supplements directory, where you can learn about and compare Medigap plans. All Medigap plans are standardized. That means you can choose the plan you need based on the best price without worrying about the benefits.
Special Needs Plans in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Looking for Medicare Special Needs Plans available in Rapides Parish, LA?. Special Needs Plans are Medicare Advantage plans designed specifically for three types of special needs:
- Beneficiaries in a nursing home or receiving skilled nursing care at home;
- Beneficiaries with both Medicare and Medicaid benefits; and
- Beneficiaries with certain chronic health conditions.
Rapides Parish, LA Medicare Advantage Plan Availability
The 23 Medicare Part C plans listed on this page are available to Medicare beneficiaries, enrolled in both Part A and Part B, living in Alexandria, Cheneyville, Deville, Echo, Lecompte, Libuse, Pineville, Ruby, Ball, Boyce, Elmer, Flatwoods, Forest Hill, Gardner, Glenmora, Hineston, Lena, Longleaf, Mora, Otis, Sieper, Tioga, Woodworth, and all other locations in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. MMP plans are only available to individuals who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits (aka, Dual Eligible or Medi-Medi).