You have more health insurance options in 2016 than ever before. Connecticut Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are one of those options. It's government approved private health insurance that replaces your Original Medicare private-fee-for-service benefits.
Be aware that plans vary by where you live. It all comes down to the availability HMO and/or PPO healthcare provider networks available in the area. Choose your county below.
How-To Enroll in Medicare Advantage
Most people living in Connecticut, age 65 and older, qualify to enroll in Medicare Advantage. An exception is a disqualifying illness, such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
You are only allowed to join, drop or change plans during a Medicare Election Period. The period between 15 October and 7 December is the Annual Election Period (AEP). That's when most folks make changes to their Medicare.
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.
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 Connecticut Medicare Part D Plan (prescriptions) and Connecticut Medicare Supplement Insurance.
If you're not familiar with Medigap policies, and how they protect you from medical care liability, please review our Connecticut 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 2016 Medicare Part C Information
We collect Medicare health insurance information from public files on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Although we do our best to regularly update our databases, we are not able to ensure the exactness of the information. You must use a licensed insurance agent to get an accurate and binding quote.
For additional information go to the CMS website at: https://cms.gov. This page is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on .