This “how to” guide will help you understand how to use the Medicare Plan Finder tool to find the Medicare coverage you’re looking for.
Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) is provided by the federal government, and many Medicare beneficiaries are automatically enrolled.
But if you want coverage for prescription drugs or things like routine dental and vision care (which Original Medicare doesn't cover), you may want to consider a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan that offers these benefits.
The Medicare.gov Plan Finder is a tool from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows you to search for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans available where you live.
The CMS Medicare Plan Finder can be a helpful way of compiling some of your options into one place so that you can more easily narrow down your selection.
However, the plan finder tool on Medicare.gov requires you to go through many steps. You may find it easier to speak directly with a licensed insurance agent for help.
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Plus, a study published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office showed that three out of four Medicare beneficiaries struggle to use the CMS Medicare Plan Finder because it is “difficult to navigate, contains complex terms, and lacks information needed to compare coverage options.”1
The difficulty in using the site was such that Medicare.gov launched a revamped plan finder tool in recent years in an effort to make things easier for users.
How to get started with the CMS Plan Finder
There are two ways to utilize the Medicare Plan Finder:
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1 U.S. Government Accountability Office. MEDICARE PLAN FINDER: Usability Problems and Incomplete Information Create Challenges for Beneficiaries Comparing Coverage Options. (July 30, 2019). Retrieved from www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-627.
2 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.
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