What changes can I expect in Medicare Advantage for 2022?

Each fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces changes to Medicare coverage for the upcoming year. The news comes in time for Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The average Medicare Advantage (MA) premium is expected to be lower in 2022 at $19 per month, as opposed to the average $21.22 in 2021.

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Oct 22, 2021

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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is expected to rise, as well. Currently, there are approximately 26.9 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage, but this number is expected to increase to approximately 29.5 million in 2022.

There is expected to be an increase in Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans that cater to individuals with certain chronic illnesses or who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual-eligibles). With more plans and the potential for lower premiums, you may want to consider your options during OEP.

Making changes to your coverage during OEP

The OEP gives Medicare recipients the opportunity to make changes to their coverage. So, if you’re already enrolled in Medicare, now is the time to give your healthcare coverage some attention. The OEP starts on October 15 and ends on December 7. During this time, you have the change to switch Medicare Advantage plans, switch Prescription Drug Plans, drop Original Medicare and enroll in an MA plan, or drop your MA plan and revert back to Original Medicare (and enroll in a stand-alone PDP at this time).

If you’re already enrolled in an MA plan, you will receive your ANOC, or Annual Notice of Change, from your current plan prior to the start of OEP. Review the changes coming to your coverage, if any, and compare your benefits and costs to other plans available in your area during OEP. You can continue your current coverage, or if you find a plan that may better suit your needs in the year ahead, you can make a change during OEP.

Why choose Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage plans are extremely popular with Medicare recipients who prefer a “one-stop shopping” experience for their healthcare coverage, and for those who enjoy having some benefits that are not covered by Original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans, sold by private insurance companies, contract with Medicare and must provide your Part A and Part B benefits, but many plans include more, such as:

  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision and dental care
  • Over-the-counter allowances
  • Fitness memberships
  • Coverage for hearing exams, hearing aids, and fittings

MA plans also include an annual out-of-pocket maximum limit which may protect your finances in case of an unexpected medical crisis or diagnosis.

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