Medicare enrollment season starts two weeks from today and Consumer Reports has ranked Medicare Advantage HMOs nationwide, placing three Massachusetts plans in the top 20.
Under Medicare Advantage plans, the federal government pays private health insurers to offer policies that often include prescription drug coverage and other features not covered by standard Medicare. The magazine's rankings, done in collaboration with the National Committee for Quality Assurance, are based on factors such as consumer satisfaction, preventive services, and treatment of common conditions.
Here are the Massachusetts HMOs and how they ranked in the state:
1. Fallon Community Health Plan
2. Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization
3. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
4. United Healthcare of Massachusetts (Evercare)
In the nation:
3. Fallon Community Health Plan
7. Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization
13. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
135. United Healthcare of Massachusetts (Evercare)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will stop offering its Medicare Advantage plan at the end of the year.
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