While Rhode Island is the smallest state, its nearly 1.06 million residents, in five counties, make it the second most densely populated. But almost 20 percent, 202,202, are Medicare members, including 71,751 with Medicare Advantage. An additional 69,980 have plans with Part D prescription drug coverage.
United Healthcare covers 28 percent of all Medicare Advantage in Rhode Island. But there are approximately 36 other carriers offering plans, including: Fallon Community Health, Health New England Inc., Triple-S Advantage Inc. and UPMC. For Medicare Advantage in Rhode Island, U.S. News & World Report awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans with 4/5 stars, the state’s highest.
Among the various Medicare Advantage plan types available are; HMOs and HMO-POS (point of service) plans, which allow in- and out-of network providers; PPOs; and PFFS (Private Fee-for-Service) plans. And, eligible members, such as those with certain chronic conditions, may purchase Special Needs Plans (SNPs).
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018, 139,089 residents enrolled in Original Medicare and 80,788 residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
The Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides Medicare beneficiaries with personalized information and assistance. You can reach the agency at (401) 462-4000.
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