According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of Iowa is home to more than 3 million people, with almost 570,000 qualifying for Medicare. As of 2015, 86,749 residents are enrolled in Medicare Advantage in Iowa’s 99 counties. An additional 71,192 Iowans’ plans include Part D prescription drug coverage.
While the state offers approximately 41 different carrier options, by far, Aetna is the largest, making up 40 percent of all residents’ plans. Two other big-name companies, Humana and United Healthcare, tie for second place. However, for Medicare Advantage in Iowa, the top-rated plans in 2017 actually belong toMedical Associates Health Plan, Inc. and Senior Preferred, according to U.S. News & World Report. They both received 5/5 stars. Aetna Medicare and Coventry Health Care both earned 4.50/5 stars.
However, residents may soon have more Medicare Advantage options, as a new insurance company, HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, should begin selling policies as soon as 2017, once receiving CMS approval and licenses. Senior Iowans have the opportunity to choose from one of three Medicare Advantage plan types, including an HMO, PPO or PPFS (Private Fee-for-Service). In some counties, residents may select a cost plan, an HMO plan that pays in-network costs and allows continuous enrollment.
The Iowa State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can answer any Medicare-related questions or issues.
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