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To compare the Special Needs Plans available in your area, you can use our zip code lookup tool above or click on your county below. If you'd like to learn more about how the Medicare Advantage SNP program works in California and how it compares with other options, keep on reading.
2024 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans for California Beneficiaries
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Do I Qualify to Enroll in a Medicare Special Needs Plan in California?
Most people living in California, age 65 and older, qualify for Medicare Advantage but do not qualify for a Special Needs Plan (SNP). A SNP is a Medicare Advantage plan, but they are only available to people with one of the following special needs:
- Chronic Condition (C-SNP): You have one or more severe or disabling chronic conditions.
- Institutional (I-SNP): You live in an institution (like a nursing home), or you require nursing care at home.
- Dual Eligible (D-SNP): You have both Medicare and Medicaid.
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Each SNP limits membership to people in one of these groups or a subset of one of these groups. For instance, a SNP that's designed to serve people with chronic and disabling mental health conditions might include access to a network of healthcare providers who specialize in treating severe mental health issues. Such a plan would also feature clinical case management that's designed to serve people with this condition.
You can get enrolled three ways:
- 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 California insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Not Qualified to Enroll in a Special Needs Plan?
If you're not eligible for a Medicare SNP plan, there are several other options to get more coverage:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? These common questions and answers might help. Or, call 1-855-728-0510 (TTY 711) to speak with a licensed advisor.
What are the 3 types of Medicare SNP plans?
There are three different kinds of Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs). Each has different requirements for eligibility. The plan types include Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP), Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan (C-SNPs), and Institutional Special Needs Plan (I-SNP).
Are SNP and D-SNP plans the same thing?
Special Needs Plans (SNPs) are Medicare Advantage private health plans designed for individuals with certain special needs. There are three different types of SNP plans, including D-SNP for dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) individuals, I-SNP plans for people who are institutionalized, and C-SNP plans for individuals with certain chronic health issues. Learn more.
What benefits do Medicare SNP plans offer in California?
SNPs, like all Medicare Advantage plans sold in California, must provide the same benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B. But, unlike regular Medicare Advantage plans, all SNPs must provide Part D benefits for outpatient prescriptions. Other benefits are dependent on the plan type. D-SNP plans are designed to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid benefits for dual-eligible people. Many plans also cover dental, vision, and hearing.
Medicare Advantage and Part D plans and benefits offered by the following carriers: Aetna Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aspire Health Plan, Centene Corporation, Dean Health Plan, Devoted Health, GlobalHealth, Health Care Service Corporation, Cigna-HealthSpring, Humana, Molina Healthcare, Mutual of Omaha, Oscar Health Insurance, Premera Blue Cross, Medica Central Health Plan, SCAN Health Plan, Scott and White Health Plan now part of Baylor Scott & White Health, and UnitedHealthcare.
Citations & Referencesmedicare.gov
- CMS.gov, "2024 Medicare Part C Landscape Source Files", Last Accessed September 27, 2023
- Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare | Medicare http://www.medicare.gov/
- Find a Medicare plan https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/
- Medicare Benefits | SSA https://www.ssa.gov/medicare/
- Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs | SSA https://www.ssa.gov/medicare/prescriptionhelp/
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