Medicare Advantage in Washington

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Washington Medicare Advantage enrollment by the numbers

There were more than 382,000 people in the state of Washington with a Medicare Advantage plan in 2017.¹

There are several major types of Medicare Advantage plans. In the state of Washington, there are 99 different plans available as of 2018.² Not every plan is available in each county, so it's important to find out which ones are offered where you live.

As in many states, HMO plans were found to be the most popular among Washington’s Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in 2017, with 86 percent of the state’s enrollees belonging to this type of plan. The major types of Medicare Advantage plans include:

HMO

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.

PPO

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.

PFFS

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.

SNP

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 in most states. Enrollment in these plans makes up fewer than 1 percent of all Medicare Advantage plan enrollment in Washington.

Total number of Medicare Advantage enrollees in Washington: 382,571 as of 2017¹

Washington's Medicare Advantage enrollees by plan type:

Plan type Percentage of Washington enrollees (2017)
HMO 86%
Local PPO 14%
Regional PPO 0%
PPFS 0%
Cost Plans 0%
Other Plans <1%

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

Washington’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program aims to help Washington residents better understand their health insurance benefits through counseling and assistance. The volunteers can answer questions about Medicare and other related insurance programs in a free and unbiased fashion. The program can be reached at 800-562-6900.   

You can also explore more information about the insurance industry in Washington by visiting the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner website.

 

¹Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicare Advantage 2017 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/report-section/medicare-advantage-2017-spotlight-enrollment-market-update-appendices.

²Kaiser Family Foundation. State Health Facts: Medicare Advantage Plans. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/plans/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2018