Medicare Advantage Plans in Oregon
Explore top-rated providers, available plan types, price comparisons, and the best times to enroll in Oregon Advantage Plans.
Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) in Oregon is one plan that is bundled and includes the following parts:
– Original Medicare is made up of Part A and Part B. Medicare Advantage, as noted above, is made up of three parts Part A, Part B, Part D.
– The main difference between the two is that Part C includes a prescription drug coverage plan (Medicare Part D). They are offered by private insurance companies and provide healthcare providers within a network for Medicare beneficiaries to choose from.
– A Part C plan, which has prescription drug plans, is known as an “MAPD” plan.
– If you have a disability or End-stage Renal Disease, you qualify for Medicare coverage even if younger than 65 years old.
Top rated Medicare Advantage providers in Oregon
Popular Medicare Advantage plan types in Oregon
Below are what we consider the best plans for each category of in-network service area freedom, lowest out-of-pocket, and best for those with a low income.
Best for network freedom: Medicare Advantage PPO
PPO plans have benefits such as larger networks and do not require Medicare beneficiaries to obtain referrals to see specialists. A monthly premium will cost $0 to $100.
Best for lowest out-of-pocket: Medicare Advantage HMO Plan
HMO benefits include HMO Premiums that usually cost $0 per month. They also have lower out-of-pocket costs since they utilize an HMO referral network.
Best for low income or health conditions: Medicare Advantage D-SNP
For those with low income or health conditions, the Special needs plan (SNP) will help with costs associated with Part B premium, copays/coinsurance, deductibles, and monthly premiums. With this plan, you have Medicare and Medicaid to help with costs.
Oregon Enrollment Facts:
1. Number of people enrolled in Medicare Advantage in Oregon: 410,951
2. Number enrolled by plan specifically the 3 plans below:
Local HMO: 236,747
Local PPO: 124,995
Regional PPO: 0
3. Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare advantage in Oregon: 47%
4. Number of people enrollment in Medicare Advantage nationwide: Expected to reach 29.5 million in 2022
5. Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage nationwide: 42%
How much does Medicare Advantage in Oregon cost?
In most states, HMO plans and PPO plans have a $0 per month premium. For PPO plans, though, it is becoming more common for them to have a monthly premium. Plan availability varies from county to county in Oregon. The average Medicare plan with a prescription drug plan costs about $63.44. The average 2022 MAPD premium nationwide is $62.66 per month
|Plan Type||Premium Range|
|PPO Plan||$0.00 to $63.44|
When can I enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan?
There are several enrollment periods during the year at which you can join Medicare and they are:
– Initial Enrollment Period
– Open Enrollment Period
– Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period
– Special Enrollment Period/Special Circumstances
– 5 Star Enrollment Period
– Special Enrollment Period/Extra Help
Note: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not let you know that you are eligible for enrollment.
Initial Enrollment Period
– Eligibility occurs are 65 for Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B
Open Enrollment Period – AKA Annual Election Period
– October 15th until December 7th/Coverage starts January 1st
– During this time you can join, drop, or make changes to an Oregon Medicare Advantage Plan. The plan must be complete by December 7th for coverage to start 1/1.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period
– January 1st until March 31st
-During this period you can switch plans or join Original Medicare or a Medicare Supplement plan in Oregon.
Special Enrollment Periods/Special Circumstances
-Special circumstances are any of the following:
- Address change
- The plan changes with Medicare
- Current coverage is lost
- Coverage with an employer (VA/Tricare/PACE)
Other special considerations may also include you having eligibility for both Medicare and Medicaid or Extra Help, State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program enrollment, dropping a Medigap plan, special needs, or a disability.
5-star Special Enrollment Period
December 8th until November 30th
– This five star rating enrollment period can be used once
– These plans are rated with satisfaction surveys to determine quality and performance
– The five-star rating is the highest rating to be given.
Special Enrollment Periods/Extra Help
– Extra Help is defined as qualifying for extra help, eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid, or enrollment into the State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.
Medicare Advantage Highlights:
Insurance carriers provide Part C plans and benefits within a network of providers that include:
– Health care wellness facilities
– Primary care physicians
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in Medicare Advantage Plans in Oregon. So much so that they have surpassed Original Medicare.
The popularity of this plan is mostly due to the additional coverage provided. Certain Medicare Advantage health insurance plans have additional benefits such as:
- Vision and hearing
- Gym memberships – SilverSneakers
- Telehealth visits
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