According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2015, the state of Washington has the third-largest population west of the Mississippi River, with more than 7.17 million residents in 39 counties. Of the state’s more than 1.18 million Medicare recipients, 356,870 have Medicare Advantage and 308,397 have plans with Part D prescription drug coverage.
United Healthcare’s plans represent 25 percent of Medicare Advantage in Washington. However, beneficiaries have the opportunity to purchase policies from about 49 other carriers. Among these are: Excellus Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Soundpath Health and Providence Health System.
Within Washington, there are multiple Medicare Advantage plan types. These include: HMOs, PPOs, PFFS (Private Fee-for-Service) plans; and Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans. Consumers may qualify for Special Needs Plans (SNPs) if they meet specific criteria; e.g., chronic conditions, dual Medicare-Medicaid eligibility, being institutionalized.
In its annual list, U.S. News & World Report spotlighted the state’s top-rated plans. Specifically, plans fromKaiser Permanente received 5/5 stars and plans from Group Health Cooperative and Providence Health Assurance earned 4.5/5 stars.
For questions about Medicare or Medicare Advantage in Washington, call the Washington Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), at (800) 562-6900.
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