Oct. 11, 2013 - In an analysis of Medicare
Advantage plans with a bundled prescription drug benefit (MAPD) based on
data recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services, HealthPocket found that many plans for 2014 have substantially
lower maximum out-of-pocket caps than the current $6,700 limit for MA
In addition, the study found that some of the plans had a $3,400
or lower out-of-pocket cap and a zero premium - a very attractive
combination for cost-conscious and low income seniors.
Medicare enrollees must make their health plan
selections during the annual enrollment period from October 15 to
A common choice these consumers face is between a
traditional Medicare plan augmented with a Supplemental plan and Part D
prescription plan, or a MA plan with prescription drug coverage
purchased through a private insurance company. Patterns show that MAPD
plans are growing in popularity, and the picture for these plans in 2014
is compelling with plan options that offer no or low premiums and a low
"Consumers looking to save on their direct costs
under Medicare are going to have some good options heading into 2014,"
said Steve Zaleznick, executive director for Consumer Strategy and
Development at HealthPocket.com.
"But Medicare enrollees need to factor in other
criteria like whether their doctors and hospitals are in a plan's
network, whether their current medications are covered, and the amount
charged for specific medical services they may need in the coming year.
Quality scores should inform a final decision, too, and as with any big
purchase, it pays to do your research."
During the open enrollment period, consumers can
compare the features of traditional Medicare, MA and prescription drug
plans, including premiums as well as other costs and benefits using
sources including HealthPocket's free
Medicare comparison tool.
About HealthPocket HealthPocket.com is a free website that compares and ranks all
health plans available to an individual, family, or small business, so
everyone can make their best health plan decision and save on their out
of pocket costs. The Company uses only objective data from government,
non-profit, and private sources that carry no conditions that might
restrict the site from serving as an unbiased resource. The founders of
HealthPocket.com spent decades pioneering online access to health
insurance information and knew they could offer something different that
can positively change how people buy and use healthcare in the U.S.
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