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2023 Medicare Advantage in Alabama

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Information about Medicare Advantage Plans in Alabama

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There are 1,885 different Alabama Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans offered in Alabama in 2023.1 Not every plan is available in each county, so it's important to find out which ones are offered where you live.

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare the availability, benefits and costs of Medicare Advantage plans in your area of Alabama. Read below to learn more about Medicare in your state.

Average costs of Medicare Advantage in Alabama

The average premium for an Alabama Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage in 2023 is $5.95 per month, though $0 premium plans may be available in some areas of Alabama.1 Plus, the average medical deductible for these plans is $0 per year.1 

The cost of plan premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs may vary greatly depending on where you live and the plan you have.

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plan costs in your area.

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Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment

If you want to enroll in Medicare Advantage in Alabama, you must first be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, often referred to as Original Medicare.

To be eligible for Original Medicare at age 65, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for five continuous years.

  • You or your spouse must have worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits.

  • You or your spouse must be government employees or retirees who have not paid into Social Security but have paid Medicare payroll taxes.

You may also be eligible for Medicare benefits under 65 if:

  • You have been receiving Social Security disability benefits or certain Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for at least 24 months.

  • You have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

  • You have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and you or your spouse have paid Social Security taxes for a certain length of time.

If you have ESRD, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or an Alabama Medicare Special Needs Plan (SNP) that is specifically designed to help meet your health care needs.

How to sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan in Alabama

Your first opportunity to enroll in a Alabama Medicare Part C plan is during your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP).

Medicare Initial Enrollment Period graphicYour seven-month Medicare IEP starts three months before you turn 65. It includes the month of your 65th birthday and then continues for another three months after turn 65.

Additional enrollment periods during which you may sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan include:

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 31

From January 1 to March 31 every year, you may switch Medicare Advantage plans or drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare if you're currently enrolled in a Part C plan.

If you return to Original Medicare during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, you'll be able to enroll in a Medicare standalone prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D).

Fall Medicare Open Enrollment Period (AEP): October 15 – December 7

You may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another from October 15 to December 7 every year.

You may also drop your existing Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare.

You may also join, switch or drop a Medicare Part D plan during the fall open enrollment period (also known as the Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP.) 

Medicare Special Enrollment Periods (SEP)

You could potentially be granted a Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) at any time during the year, depending on your individual circumstances.

A licensed insurance agent can help you find out if you qualify for a Medicare Special Enrollment Period.

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Top-rated Medicare Advantage Plans in Alabama 2023

Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues star ratings for all Medicare Advantage plans using a system of one to five stars.

In order for a Medicare Advantage plan to be designated as a top-rated plan, it must have four or more stars out of five stars.

51.8% of 2023 MA plans in Alabama that include prescription drug coverage are rated 4 stars or higher.2

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Medicare Advantage plans are rated based on their performance in the following five categories:

  • Preventive care and health maintenance (screenings, tests, vaccines, etc.)
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • Member experiences and ratings of the plan
  • Member complaints, problems receiving services and member retention
  • Customer service

The information for the star ratings is gathered from information that is submitted to Medicare, Medicare’s regular monitoring activities and member surveys.

List of Medicare Advantage Plans by County in Alabama in 2023

To view a list of plans offered in your area within Alabama, use our plan comparison tool or call to speak with a licensed insurance agent.

You can also explore Medicare plans by county in Alabama for 2023:

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Private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama

Multiple insurance carriers may offer Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, depending on the county in which you live.

Private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans that may be unique to the plan area they serve, and your plan options may vary.

Call to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can help you compare the Medicare Advantage plans that are sold by insurance companies in your area.

When you’re shopping for Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, you can use some of the following information as you compare plans from several different carriers:

  • The Medicare Star Ratings can give you an sense of a plan’s overall quality.

  • Agencies such as A.M. Best, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s provide information about the credit rating and financial standing of an insurance company.

  • You can read through Medicare Advantage plan reviews and testimonials from customers

AL Medicare Advantage plans by plan type

The major types of Medicare Advantage plans include:

  • HMO
    Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) usually requires patients to use health care providers and pharmacies that are part of the plan’s network (except in the case of emergencies) while also typically requiring a referral from a primary care doctor in order to see a specialist.

  • PPO
    Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) are able to see providers outside of their plan’s network, often at a higher cost.

    Beneficiaries in this type of plan typically pay less out of pocket if they choose to receive medical services from providers within their plan’s network.

    PPO plans typically do not require patients to acquire a referral before visiting with a specialist.

  • PFFS
    A Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plan determines how much it will pay to health care providers and how much the patient will pay when care is received.

    With a PFFS plan, you can typically receive care from any doctor, hospital or health care provider that accepts your plan’s terms. Not all providers will accept these terms, however.

  • SNP
    A Special Needs Plan (SNP) is a type of Medicare Advantage plan limited to people with certain chronic conditions and  other specific characteristics.

    Typically, you must receive care from health care providers and hospitals within your SNP network, except for in cases when you need emergency or urgent care and when someone who has End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) needs out-of-area kidney dialysis.

Not all of these types of plans may be available in your area. A licensed insurance agent can help you compare the types of 2023 Alabama Medicare Advantage plans that are available where you live.

Local health insurance resources in Alabama

  • The state of Alabama staffs a group of SHIP volunteers who provide counseling and educational materials to older adults living in Alabama.

    This program can help Medicare beneficiaries better understand their Medicare coverage, rights and costs in order to get the most out of their benefits. You can contact Alabama’s SHIP program at 800-243-5463.

  • You can also explore more information about the insurance industry in Alabama by visiting the state’s Department of Insurance

  • Alabama Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
    The state of Alabama has a number of programs designed to help with the cost of prescription drugs.

    There are programs for both Medicare beneficiaries and non-Medicare beneficiaries alike that can cover the cost of premiums and cost-sharing or even lower the cost of the drugs themselves.


2's The Best States for Medicare report.

3 Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.