Medicare Advantage Plans in Memphis, TN

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Tennessee state

Shelby County, TN, is home to nearly 4.5 million residents. It’s also home to a rich Medicare Advantage market. 

More than 303,000 residents of Shelby County were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in 2019, which represented about 42% of all Medicare beneficiaries across the county.

57% of all Medicare Advantage members in the state of Tennessee reside in Shelby County.1

Learn more about Medicare Advantage in Tennessee.

2020 Medicare Advantage plans in Shelby County

Number of unique plans 1
Weighted average premium $4
Average annual deductible $111.05
Average (in-network) out-of-pocket maximum $6,130
Number of $0 premium plans 1
Number of plans rated four stars or higher 1

There was one Medicare Advantage plan available in Shelby County in 2019, though there may be more in 2020.

In 2019, the one available Medicare Advantage plan featured $0 premiums, and it was rated four stars or higher based on Medicare Star Ratings.2 Plans rated four stars or higher are considered top-rated Medicare plans.

Premiums, deductibles and other costs may vary. The numbers reported in the table above are taken from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A licensed insurance agent will be able to help you review and compare costs for specific plans available in Shelby County or wherever you may live.

List of Medicare Advantage plans in Memphis and Shelby County

Medicare Advantage plans can come in several different forms. Nearly all Medicare Advantage enrollees in Tennessee belonged to an HMO plan in 2019.

  • HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plans utilize a network of participating doctors and other health care providers. Care is typically not covered by the plan when received outside of the network. 

  • PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans are also available in Tennessee. These plans offer some more flexibility when choosing a doctor and allow for some coverage outside of the plan’s intended network. 

In the state of Tennessee, the breakdown of plan types in 2019 was as follows:

Plan type Percentage of Tennessee enrollees (2019)
HMO 95%
PPO 5%

How to Sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan in Shelby County and Memphis

There are different Medicare enrollment periods in the year during which you may able to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan in Memphis and Shelby County, depending on your eligibility. 

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Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)

When you first become eligible for Medicare, you will typically be granted an Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This period begins three months before you turn 65 years old, includes the month of your birthday and continues for an additional three months. 

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Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also called the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage plans) takes place from October 15 to December 7 each year. This period is open to all eligible Medicare beneficiaries who wish to add, drop or change Medicare plans.  

Special Enrollment Period

If you experience a qualifying circumstance, you may be granted a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) at any time throughout the year to allow you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Such circumstances may include situations like moving outside of your plan’s service area or losing your Medicare Advantage plan coverage through no fault of your own. A licensed insurance agent can help you determine if you are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period and what actions you may be able to take during that time. 

Find a Medicare Advantage plan where you live

Medicare Advantage plans can come in a variety of types and can include different benefits, networks, costs and more.

Connect with a licensed insurance agent today for help determining your eligibility and finding the best Medicare Advantage plan for you in Shelby County. 

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1's internal analysis of CMS Medicare Advantage landscape source files, accessed May 2019. Data retrieved from

2 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.