More than 1 million people in Maryland are signed up for Medicare, placing it in the top half of U.S. states for Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare is the government health care program for people age 65 and older. Medicare Advantage is a bundled alternative to Medicare that offers all the same benefits and usually some extras, such as cost savings on dental and vision coverage.
Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefits than Original Medicare, and they can be cheaper than paying for Medicare and a Medicare Supplement plan. However, they have less flexibility since you’ll need to get care from within the plan’s network of providers. Weigh your options to determine which plan best suits your needs.
What to know about Medicare in Maryland
About 1 in 6 people in Maryland are 65 and older, and the state offers a variety of Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.
The average monthly premium in 2022 for a Medicare Advantage plan in Maryland is $45.97. (It was $46.52 in 2021.)
There are 49 Medicare Advantage plans available in Maryland in 2022. (This number is up from 41 plans in 2021.)
All Medicare-eligible people in Maryland have access to a $0-premium Medicare Advantage plan.
Medicare Advantage providers in Maryland
Top-rated Medicare Advantage plans in Maryland
Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, awards every Medicare Advantage plan a star rating on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being a top-rated plan. Below are plans that received top marks in Maryland for the 2022 plan year. (Get more information about Medicare star ratings.)
The plans below are rated 5 stars out of 5 by the CMS:
Kaiser Permanente: Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage High MD, Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Liberty, Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Standard MD, Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Value Balt, Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Value MD.
UnitedHealthcare: Erickson Advantage Freedom, Erickson Advantage Liberty with Drugs, Erickson Advantage Liberty without Drugs, Erickson Advantage Signature with Drugs.
There are no Medicare Advantage plans in Maryland with 4.5 stars in 2022. The plans below are rated 4 stars out of 5 by the CMS:
Aetna Medicare: Aetna Medicare Connect Plus.
Humana: Humana Honor, HumanaChoice.
UnitedHealthcare: AARP Medicare Advantage Choice Plan 1, AARP Medicare Advantage Choice Plan 2, AARP Medicare Advantage Patriot.
This list doesn’t include special needs plans, which restrict membership to people with certain diseases or characteristics, such as having a chronic illness or living in a nursing home.
How to choose a Medicare Advantage plan
It’s crucial to ask a few questions as you’re shopping for the right plan. Here’s a quick checklist to help you consider your options:
How much are the plan’s costs? Do you understand what the plan’s premium, deductibles, copays and/or coinsurance will be? Can you afford them?
Is your doctor in-network? If you have a preferred doctor (or doctors) or hospital, make sure they participate in the plan’s network.
Are your prescriptions covered? If you’re on medication, understand how the plan covers it. What tier are your prescription drugs on, and are there any coverage rules that apply to them?
Is there dental coverage? Does the plan offer routine coverage for vision, dental and hearing needs?
Are there extras? Does the plan offer any additional perks, such as fitness memberships, transportation benefits or meal delivery?
Medicare Advantage providers
Get more information below about some of the major Medicare Advantage providers. These insurers offer plans in most states. The plans you can choose from will depend on your ZIP code and county.
If you have additional questions about Medicare, visit Medicare.gov or call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227, TTY 877-486-2048).