Medicare Advantage in the District of Columbia

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District of Columbia Medicare Advantage plan enrollment by the numbers

There were nearly 14,000 people in the District of Columbia with a Medicare Advantage plan in 2017.¹

There are several major types of Medicare Advantage plans. In the District of Columbia, there are 13 different plans available as of 2018.²

In the District of Columbia, 44 percent of all Medicare Advantage plan enrollees belong to a local PPO plan, while 45 percent of beneficiaries belong to a Medicare cost plan. The major types of Medicare Advantage plans include:


A Health Maintenance Organization 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.


Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in a Preferred Provider Organization 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.


A Private Fee-For-Service 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.


A Special Needs Plan 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.

Medicare Cost Plans, Medical Savings Accounts (MSA) and HMO Point-of-Service (HMO POS) plans are 3 additional types of Medicare Advantage plans that are less popular among beneficiaries nationwide.

Total number of Medicare Advantage enrollees in the District of Columbia: 13,914 as of 2017¹

D.C. Medicare Advantage enrollees by plan type:

Plan type Percentage of District of Columbia enrollees (2017)
HMO 12%
Local PPO 44%
Regional PPO 0%
Cost Plans 45%
Other Plans 0%

Data reflects Medicare Advantage enrollment in the District of Columbia as of 2017, as obtained from the Kaiser Family Foundation Medicare Advantage 2017 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update¹

District of Columbia Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP)

The Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP) provides a free telephone hotline for Washington D.C. residents with Medicare or who are age 60 and over. The program, administered by the George Washington Law School, aims to help people better understand Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance. They may be reached at 202-994-6272 (or 202-973-1079 for TTY use).      

You can also explore more information about the insurance industry in Washington D.C. by visiting the Department of Insurance website.


¹Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicare Advantage 2017 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update. Retrieved from

²Kaiser Family Foundation. State Health Facts: Medicare Advantage Plans. Retrieved from,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2018