There are approximately 40 carriers that offer Medicare Advantage coverage with prescription drug coverage (MAPD) or just Medicare Part D plans in the State of Alaska. That list is below. Some of the bigger and more well-known carriers that offer coverage are Anthem, Aetna and its subsidiary Coventry, BlueCross and Blue Shield, and Humana.
There are a number of different types of Medicare Advantage plans offered to Alaska residents. For instance, a person can enroll in a Local PPO plan, an HMO or a PFFS plan. PPO plans offer the most range and flexibility and usually have a larger network of doctors. Additionally, there are less requirements and guidelines before a person can get coverage under a PPO plan, which is similar to a major medical plan. HMO plans usually have a smaller network of doctors that see patients in that plan and there are definitely more restrictions. These plans are also typically a little cheaper, which is more important to some Medicare patients on a fixed income. Finally, PFFS plans, which stands for Private Fee-for-Service plans clearly outline what doctors they will pay for services and how much they will pay for services and then the patient is responsible for the rest. If a person is in better health and doesn’t need a lot of medical care, this may be a better option.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018, 94,737 residents enrolled in Original Medicare and 746 residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services maintains a page on Medicare here.
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