Published October 8, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans and stand-alone Medicare Part D (PDP) plans on Oct. 8.1
Medicare Star Ratings are awarded on a scale of one to five stars, based on plan quality for the 2021 plan year. Many Medicare beneficiaries may be able to enroll in, switch or drop their MA-PD or PDP coverage during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also called the fall Medicare Open Enrollment Period) which lasts from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
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The Star Ratings reflect the experiences of beneficiaries enrolled in the plan, and they are awarded based on various quality metrics related to plan features and benefits. A rating of five stars is “excellent,” while a rating of one star is considered “poor.” A three-star rating is “average.”
Some of the highlights from the 2021 Star Ratings include:
Medicare Advantage plans are measured using 32 different metrics that address the following areas:
MA-PD plans are scored using 44 unique metrics, and PDP plans are measured using 14 different data points, including the above categories along with various drug safety and drug pricing accuracy measures.
You can review a fact sheet summarizing the Star Ratings from the CMS.
MedicareAdvantage.com will soon publish a detailed report of 2021 plan data for MA-PD plans and PDP plans in every state. The report will include average plan costs, plan selection, enrollment figures and more.
If you want to learn more about the Star Ratings of Medicare plans in your area, you can call to speak with a licensed insurance agent today. A licensed agent can help you compare plans available where you live, including their Star Ratings, costs, benefits, the drugs they may cover and more.
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1 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.
Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.
Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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