On this page you can browse and compare all 2018 Medicare Advantage plans available in Rhode Island. If you choose to enroll, you will be exchanging your Original Medicare benefits for private health insurance that helps you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Click on your County to get started.
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 Rhode Island, 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.
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.
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 Rhode Island Medicare Supplement Insurance and a Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 2018 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.
For additional information go to the CMS website at: http://cms.gov. This page is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on .