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Medicare Advantage Plans in Florida 2022

Medicare Advantage Plans in Florida: The Basics

A Medicare Advantage plan is an alternative way to receive Original Medicare in Florida, with extra benefits. Also referred to as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies that contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Approximately 53% of Floridians were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in 2022. 

To enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and live in the plan’s service area. Medicare Advantage plans are local—to the county level—and have many options for you to choose from. 

Find the right Medicare plan for you

In Florida, there are 583 Medicare Advantage plans available in 2022. That’s a nearly 11% increase in plan options compared to the 526 plan options in 2021. There were 474 plans available in 2021. This means that you have an even greater opportunity to find a suitable plan for your health and budget.

the number of medicare advantage plans available in florida

And most of these plans offer enrollees routine dental, hearing, and vision, plus innovative benefits such as wellness and healthcare planning, reduced cost-sharing, and rewards and incentives programs. These are benefits that Original Medicare does not offer.

The 10 Florida counties with the highest Medicare Advantage enrollment are Miami-Dade County (74%), Osceola County (69%), Gadsden County (66%), Pasco County (64%), Polk County (64%), Hernando County (63%), Broward County (63%), Liberty County (62%), Wakulla County (61%), and Jefferson County (59%).

What Medicare Advantage Plans Cover in Florida

Medicare Advantage plans must provide the same coverage as Original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. These plans also usually offer prescription drug coverage (Part D) and are then called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans. Some plans include additional benefits that aren’t covered by Original Medicare – such as dental, vision, hearing, and more.

Your Medicare Coverage Options

Why Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan?

A Medicare Advantage plan can offer you low or no premiums, and lower out-of-pocket expenses, with additional benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t provide. A Medicare Advantage plan offers the coverage of Original Medicare Parts A and B in Florida, but often at a lower cost. 

Medicare Advantage plan's three values

Low or No Cost Monthly Premiums

100 percent of people enrolled in Medicare in Florida have access to a $0 monthly premium Medicare Advantage plan. In 2022, the average monthly premium for a Medicare Advantage plan is $8.54. If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan in Florida, you’ll pay the Medicare Advantage premium and the monthly Medicare Part B premium. 

The bonus of Medicare Advantage? Most plans include prescription drug coverage, and unlike Original Medicare, there is an out-of-pocket maximum.

Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs

Original Medicare Parts A and B do not have a maximum for what you spend on copayments or coinsurance, but Medicare Advantage plans do. Medicare Advantage plans set their deductibles, coinsurance, and copays within limits established by the federal government.

Once you reach your plan’s out-of-pocket maximum, including the deductible, your Medicare Advantage plan pays 100% of covered healthcare expenses for the remainder of the plan year. 

If you’d prefer to keep Original Medicare (Parts A & B) but want more predictable out-of-pocket costs, a Medicare Supplement plan in Florida (Medigap) is an alternative to Medicare Advantage. If you choose a Medicare Supplement plan, the monthly premium may be higher, and you’d likely need to sign up for Medicare Part D to have creditable prescription drug coverage.

Not sure if a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement is best for your health and budget? Compare plans online or call to speak with a local licensed agent to help narrow your choices. Call (623) 223-8884.

Additional Benefits

Original Medicare doesn’t provide coverage for dental, hearing, or vision. These are additional benefits that most Medicare Advantage plans offer. And most plans also include reduced cost-sharing, over-the-counter and wellness products, transportation assistance, telemedicine, fitness programs, and other rewards and incentive programs. 

In 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBDI) program offers Florida enrollees two unique programs.

Through the CMS Innovation Center, 163 Medicare Advantage plans offer enrollees: 

  • Eliminated Part D cost-sharing.
  • Rewards & incentives programs related to healthy behaviors.
  • Customized, innovative benefits that address social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and social isolation, for certain underserved and/or chronically ill enrollees. 

Through the Value-Based Design Insurance Model’s Hospice Benefit Component, seven plans offer the Medicare hospice benefit through their plan.

Florida Medicare Advantage Plan Types

There are four types of Medicare Advantage health plans for you to choose from. The two most common types are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs). The lesser utilized plans are Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS). It’s likely that a PFFS plan is not available in your area unless you live somewhere especially rural.  

What do all the plans have in common?

  • They’re available through private insurance companies that contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • You’re required to enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B.
  • You must live within the plan’s service area.

Each plan type provides a different level of network flexibility and price. However, all Medicare Advantage plans are required to provide the same coverage as Medicare Part A and B. Continue reading to learn about what each plan type offers – and to find the one that’s the right fit for you. 

Agent tip:

“When choosing amongst your Medicare Advantage plan types, you’ll be making a decision between coverage, flexibility, and cost. If you have a special need, a SNP plan would be a good choice. If you want maximum network flexibility, a PPO. But if you want to reduce costs, an HMO is the way to go.“

Medicare Advantage HMO Plans

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans are the most popular Medicare Advantage plan for enrollees. These plans usually require that you receive all services in a network. 

  • You’ll choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP) who provides or coordinates care through referrals to other participating in-network providers.
  • You’ll need prior authorization for treatments and some prescriptions.
  • Outside of emergencies, out-of-network providers’ services are not covered unless approved in advance by the plan.
  • Generally, lower costs if you stay in-network.
  • You’ll be responsible for 100% of the costs if you go to a provider outside of the network.
  • Prescription drug coverage is usually included, and you cannot purchase standalone Part D prescription drug coverage.
  • Plans may have preferred pharmacy networks. 

If your goal is to maintain your existing relationships with doctors, hospitals, or other care providers, check if your preferred healthcare providers participate in a Medicare Advantage plan’s network. 

Do you need help picking a plan that includes the doctors you value and the prescriptions you need? Call Connie Health to find a plan that maintains your doctors: (623) 223-8884.

Medicare Advantage PPO Plans

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans have a network of preferred providers, but you can choose doctors or hospitals from outside of the network at a higher cost. You can typically choose between regional or local PPO providers.

  • You don’t need to choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP) or receive referrals to specialists.
  • Greater flexibility in selecting where and from whom you receive care.
  • Typically higher premiums and out-of-network costs (copayments and coinsurance).
  • You’ll need to keep better records and take a more active role in coordinating your care.
  • Prescription drug coverage is usually included, and you cannot purchase standalone Part D prescription drug coverage.
  • Plans may have preferred pharmacy networks.

Special Needs Plans

Special Needs Plans (SNPs) limit membership to people with specific diseases or characteristics. These plans are tailored to meet the particular needs of the service groups, including provider choices and drug coverage. 

  • You must have a Primary Care Physician (PCP) and referrals to see specialists.
  • Prescription drug coverage is always included.
  • If eligible, you can join a Special Needs Plan at any time.

Private Fee-for-Service Plans

Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans determine how much it will pay doctors, health care providers, and hospitals and how much you must pay when you receive care. With this type of plan, you pay any cost-sharing expenses at the time of service. After that, the provider bills your plan for the remaining amount. 

  • Likely only available in especially rural areas. 
  • Don’t require a Primary Care Physician (PCP) or referrals for specialist services.
  • You may go to any Medicare-approved health care provider or facility that accepts the PFFS plan’s payment terms and agrees to treat you.
  • You may pay a higher cost if you choose a provider who disagrees with the plan’s terms.
  • It may include prescription drug coverage, or you can purchase a standalone Part D prescription drug plan.

Plan Providers in Florida

Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan Providers

AARP HealthSun Health Plan
Aetna Humana
AvMed Lasso Health
BayCare MMM of Florida
Bright Health Molina
Careplus Mutual of Omaha
Cigna Optimum Health
Clear Spring Health Oscar
Devoted Simply Healthcare
Doctors Health Care Solis Health Plans
Elixir Insurance Ultimate Health Plans
Florida Blue United Health Care
Freedom Health Wellcare

How Much Does A Medicare Advantage Plan Cost in Florida?

The lowest premium for a Medicare Advantage plan is $0. And 100 percent of people with Medicare Part A and B have access to a Medicare Advantage plan in Florida with a $0 monthly premium. However, the average monthly premium in 2022, for those who have one, is $8.54.

When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage or MAPD plan, premiums are paid directly to the plan provider. Your Medicare Part B premium is paid directly to Medicare, traditionally withdrawn from your Social Security benefit – or paid monthly or quarterly.

In addition to the premium, out-of-pocket expenses will need to be paid. These include deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. The costs depend on which plan you choose.

Check if you qualify for a $0 premium Medicare Advantage plan. Call (623) 223-8884 to speak with a local licensed agent today.

How to Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan in Florida

When considering your plan options, you’ll be weighing coverage and cost. Here are a few questions to ask while shopping for the right plan for your health and budget.

  • How much does the plan cost? Can you afford the plan’s premium, deductible, copayments, and/or coinsurance?
  • Are your preferred doctors in-network? If you want to maintain your doctor, specialists, and hospital relationships, you should ensure the plan you choose participates in that plan’s network. 
  • Are the prescription drugs you rely on covered? Choose a plan that covers your prescription drug and understand what tier and the coverage rules that apply.
  • What are the benefits that matter to you? Many Medicare Advantage plans include additional benefits such as dental, vision, hearing, and other perks. Which benefits do you need, and how important are they to you? 

Enter your doctors and prescriptions into Connie Health’s Medicare plan finder, and we’ll narrow your plan options. Or call (623) 223-8884 to speak with a local licensed agent.

When to Enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan in Florida

Knowing when you should enroll or when you can make a Medicare Advantage plan change could save you money. Continue reading to learn about one-time enrollment periods you don’t want to miss and when you can make changes. Get ready to mark your calendars.

Initial Enrollment Period

The Initial Enrollment Period is the seven-month window when most Floridians enroll in Medicare Part A and B. This enrollment period begins three months before you turn 65, includes the month of your birthday and ends three months after you turn 65. 

Medicare Initial Enrollment Period

If you’re not collecting Social Security benefits by the time you reach your Initial Enrollment Period, you’ll need to sign up for Medicare. If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B during your Initial Enrollment Period, you could incur a lifetime late enrollment penalty. This amount is added to your standard Part B premium, increases the longer you wait, and is never removed.

Medicare eligibility quiz

If you miss your Initial Enrollment Period, you may be able to enroll during the General Enrollment Period or a Special Enrollment Period if you qualify. 

Not sure when your Initial Enrollment Period is? Call (623) 223-8884 to speak with a local licensed agent and avoid late enrollment penalties. 

General Enrollment Period

If you miss your Initial Enrollment Period, you should mark Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (GEP) on your calendar. This enrollment period starts on January 1, annually, through March 31. If you enroll in Medicare Part A and B or make a plan change during the General Enrollment Period, coverage will begin on July 1st.

Medicare General Enrollment Period

Annual Enrollment Period

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is for individuals already enrolled in Medicare Part A and B and who want to change their plan. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period happens every year between October 15 and December 7.

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

You can make several plan changes during this time, including switching from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, with or without prescription drug coverage. You can also switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, among other plan change options. Read our Ultimate Guide: The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period to learn how to prepare for this crucial enrollment period.

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period ultimate guide Connie Health

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MAOEP) is for individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. This enrollment period occurs annually between January 1 through March 31st.

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

It’s during this time that you can make a one-time plan change. There are three plan changes that you cannot make:

  • Cannot switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • You cannot join a Medicare prescription drug plan if you’re in Original Medicare.
  • You cannot change your Medicare Prescription Drug plan to another if you’re in Original Medicare. 

If you’d like to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, with or without prescription drug coverage, or go back to Original Medicare – these are all options.

Not happy with your Medicare Advantage plan? Call (623) 223-8884 and speak to a local licensed agent to discover the best enrollment period to make a change.

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Special Enrollment Period

There are certain instances when you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and can make a plan change. These include if you move out of your plan’s services area, losing your current coverage, or having the chance to get other coverage, among other reasons. If you qualify for a Medicare Special Enrollment Period, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for or make Medicare Advantage or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan changes. 

Have a local licensed agent review your enrollment periods and plan options in Florida. Call (623) 223-8884 to speak with an agent or review plan options online.

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I am a Spanish-speaking Florida Life and Health Insurance Licensed Agent and have been helping people with Medicare since 2009. I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy watching international soccer matches and college football. When not with my family, I listen to podcasts ranging from history to sports talk.

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