Compare Medicare Advantage Plans
It’s good to know your options when comparing Medicare Advantage plans. These plans package all the benefits of Medicare Part A and B into one plan that covers your hospital and medical costs. Many Medicare Advantage plans also include Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage). Some things to consider when you’re comparing Medicare Advantage plans are whether you prefer an HMO or PPO, if you need prescription drug benefits, and what you’ll pay out-of-pocket.
For a closer look at out-of-pocket payments, you can compare Medicare Part C costs.
One of the differences between Medicare Advantage plans is that there are HMOs and PPOs. Deciding whether you want the choice and flexibility of a PPO or the management and predictability of an HMO is the first step. Based on that first choice, you can narrow your choices in other ways. You will have different options for the type of doctors you will be able to see and what you will pay based on your choice of an HMO or PPO.
Next, it’s good to know that most Medicare Advantage plans include Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage). If you take any medications, compare the prescription drug coverage for each plan that you are interested in. Knowing which drugs are covered, how much you will pay for your medications, and where you will get your prescriptions are all important questions.
Finally, consider other measures such as quality. Medicare Advantage Plans are rated by Medicare. Star Ratings measure Medicare Advantage plans on a number of categories including customer service and quality of care. *
The chart below will help you understand some of the differences between our Medicare Advantage HMO, Medicare Advantage PPO and other types of plans to help you compare Medicare Advantage plans.
*(Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.)
Medicare Advantage (Part C) Comparison:
|Plan Types||What providers can I see?||Will my out-of-pocket costs be high or low?||This plan may be right for you if:|
|MediBlue HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)||
|MediBlue PPO (Preferred Provider Organization)||
|Special Needs Plans (SNPs)||
- You get most of your care from a network of providers, unless it is an emergency.
- You may also need a referral from a primary care physician to see a specialist.
- HMO costs tend to be lower than PPOs as long as you receive care within the network.
- Selecting providers outside of network or not getting a referral will cost more.
- You like lower costs and don’t mind receiving care from one network of providers.
- Your providers are participating in the network.
- You like having a primary care physician coordinate all of your care and provide referrals for other specialists and other tests.
- PPOs have a network of doctors and health care providers, but you can also see providers that aren’t on the list.
- You don’t need a referral to see a specialist.
- PPOs tend to have higher costs than HMOs.
- You will pay more if you see a doctor outside the network.
- You are looking for more flexibility in the doctors you see.
- You don’t mind paying a little bit more for your plan or for seeing a doctor that is not in the network
- Rather see a specialist or get tests without a referral.
- SNPs are Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO plans for people living with certain health conditions, and/or those with low incomes.
- These plans have extra coverage for resources like specialists, health screenings, and dental, vision and hearing care.
- SNPs have extra coverage and special benefits to help you save money.
- If you qualify for a SNP, many of them offer $0 premiums, copays and deductibles, extra money for over-the-counter heath items, and more.
- You are living with a chronic condition such as diabetes, ESRD, and/or heart or lung disorders,
- You have both Medicare and Medicaid,
- You live in one of our network nursing homes or assisted living communities.
Want more help comparing Medicare Advantage Plans?
We can help you find a Medicare Advantage Plan based on what’s important to you. Answer a few quick questions about your preferences related to HMOs, PPOs, and your plan needs and we’ll provide a recommendation on the Medicare plans that match you best. Then you can compare those plans based on benefits, costs, quality, prescription drug coverage, and doctors.