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Q1Medicare.com Releases 2012 Medicare Advantage Plan Search Tool
Published on 07-11-2011Email To Friend    Print Version

Q1Medicare.com releases their updated 2012 Medicare Advantage plan search tool or MA-Finder, designed to provide the Medicare community with a quick overview of all Medicare Advantage plans available in their area.  The Q1Medicare MA-Finder includes coverage information for all Medicare Advantage plans with and without prescription drug coverage, as well as Medicare Advantage Special Needs plans and shows key Medicare plan coverage features including monthly plan premiums, plan designs, drug tiers cost-sharing information, and maximum out-of-pocket limits.  The MA-Finder also provides complete health and prescription cost and coverage details for all Medicare Advantage plans along with Medicare Advantage plan contact information.  Links are also provided for each plan’s online formulary or drug list so users can check the coverage of their medications.Saint Augustine, FL (PRWeb) November 7, 2011 – Q1Medicare.com now offers their 2012 Medicare Advantage plan search tool or MA-Finder, updated with health benefits and coverage details for all Medicare Advantage plans across the country.  The Q1Medicare MA-Finder includes coverage information for all Medicare Advantage plans with and without prescription drug coverage, as well as Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (or SNPs).

Unlike stand-alone Medicare Part D plans, Medicare Advantage plans provide health coverage traditionally found under Medicare Part A (hospitalization and in-patient care) and Medicare Part B (doctor visits and out-patient care) – and may also include Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage along with other benefits not usually offered by original Medicare, such as hearing aid coverage.

Like the Q1Medicare stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan finder or PDP-Finder, the Medicare Advantage plan finder is designed as a simple alternative to other more complicated online Medicare plan search tools.  Using the Q1Medicare.com/MA-Finder, Medicare beneficiaries enter their ZIP Code, choose their county if necessary, and view all 2012 Medicare Advantage plans available in their area.  Alternatively, MA-Finder users can start on a state level and browse through the counties within a state to see highlighted plans showing the lowest cost plans with $0 deductible prescription drug coverage for each type of health plan (such as HMO, PPO, or PFFS), along with a link to a complete list of Medicare Advantage plans in the specific county.

The MA-Finder search results provide an overview of key Medicare Advantage plan coverage details such as monthly plan premiums, deductibles, 30-day supply cost-sharing information for all drug tiers, Medicare quality star rating, and Part A and Part B maximum out-of-pocket limits (or MOOP).  The Q1Medicare MA-Finder also provides links to all Medicare Advantage plan formularies or drug lists so users can examine the coverage of a specific plan’s drug list before enrolling.

Users of the Q1Medicare.com/MA-Finder can also choose to compare additional features of the available Medicare Advantage plans by changing the “Additional Info” field in the MA-Finder search preferences box.  Key information such as the number of plan members, the number of drugs on the plan’s formulary, or the plan’s initial coverage limit can be viewed.  More advanced users can also filter the MA-Finder search results based on such factors as monthly premium, maximum deductible, Donut Hole coverage, plans with $0 cost-share on tier-one drugs, or Special Needs Plan eligibility requirements.

“Because of the variation in plan coverage details, Medicare Advantage plans are definitely difficult to review, especially when a person is also considering prescription drug coverage along with the health coverage details,” notes Dr. Susan Johnson, Technical Director and co-founder of Q1Group LLC.  “We updated our MA-Finder so that our Q1Medicare.com users can quickly get an overview of their 2012 Medicare Advantage plan options and then see all of the health and prescription drug coverage information associated with a specific plan.”

Users of the MA-Finder who would like to learn more about a specific plan’s coverage can click on the “detail” icon below the Medicare Advantage plan name and review the details of the plan’s health and prescription drug coverage.   The MA-Finder also includes a “T” icon for each Medicare Advantage plan, allowing users to read about the chosen 2012 Medicare Advantage plan’s coverage information in “simple text style” rather than in a chart format.  An eMail icon is also provided under each plan name so that users can view and send themselves a copy of the plan’s coverage details and contact information.

Medicare beneficiaries are reminded that Medicare Advantage plans are not Medicare Supplements or Medi-gap policies.  A Medicare Advantage plan works in place of original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage.  However, Medicare Supplement works in addition to a person’s original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage.  Also, a Medicare Advantage plan and a Medicare Supplement cannot be used together.

The Q1Medicare.com MA-Finder tool is available free of charge to all site users and the complete results of any county-wide search can be eMailed to the user for further review offline.  The MA-Finder and all other Q1Medicare.com tools can be accessed on PC, smartphone, or tablet platforms.  The Q1Medicare.com Medicare Advantage plan search tool can be found directly at MA-Finder.com.

About the Q1Medicare.com Website
Q1Medicare.com is one of the largest independent online resources for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and Medicare Advantage plan information.  Q1Medicare offers a comprehensive section of Frequently Asked Questions, online tools, and a free Medicare Part D Newsletter, all designed to help Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, advocates, advisers, and insurance agents better understand the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage programs.  Q1Medicare.com is operated by Q1Group LLC (Saint Augustine, Florida).


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2015 stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and Medicare Advantage plan information available soon on Q1Medicare.com
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Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries can now find more information on 2014 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage plans (MAs or MAPDs) on our recently updated Q1Medicare.com site.


We provide 2015 Medicare Part D plan details - including monthly premiums, deductibles, quality star ratings, and even the size of the plan's drug list or formulary - for all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in all 50 states across the country (and US Territories American SamoaGuamNorthern Marina IslandsPuerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands).  Plan benefits and features of all 2015 Medicare Part D plans are available through our 2015 PDP-Finder If you wish to see how your 2014 Medicare Part D plan changed in 2015, try our 2014/2015 PDP-Compare.


The 2015 Medicare Advantage plan coverage information is also online - including monthly plan premiums, deductibles, and maximum out of pocket limits (or MOOP) - for all Medicare Advantage plans in all counties across the country.  You can begin by entering your Zip code into our 2015 MA-Finder and click “Search” to see all of the Medicare Advantage plans in your area (including Medicare Health plans with prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) and without prescription drug coverage (MAs), as well as Special Needs Medicare Advantage plans (or SNPs).  If you wish to see how your 2014 Medicare Advantage plan changed in 2015, try our 2014/2015 MA-Compare.


Enrollment information is available for all Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans - including telephone enrollment information, online enrollment options (when available), and a limited number of enrollment applications available for download.


Is your medication covered on your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan?  We have several tools online to help you learn more about which Medicare Part D plans cover your medications.  You can use our 2015 Drug Finder to see if your medications are covered by any Medicare Part D plan in your state or Medicare Advantage plan in your county - and at what cost.  The Q1Medicare DrugFinder also is one of the few places to find information on actual "usage management limits" such as Quantity Limits for specific drugs in a particular Part D plan.  Here is an example:  Show a comparison of the Ohio AARP & Humana plans covering Nexium 40MG.


We also have our 2015 Formulary Browser Search tool online that will help you search any Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan's entire drug list or formulary.  All you need to do is select your State and then select your Medicare Part D plan (or choose your Zip Code / County and Medicare Advantage plan).  You can then browse through the whole formulary - electronically.  (To get you started, here is an example of the 2015 AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP) Formulary in Florida (you can change the plan and state to meet your own needs).



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  • Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed the information on our site.
  • We provide our Q1Medicare.com site for educational purposes and strive to present unbiased and accurate information. However, Q1Medicare is not intended as a substitute for your lawyer, doctor, healthcare provider, financial advisor, or pharmacist. For more information on your Medicare coverage, please be sure to seek legal, medical, pharmaceutical, or financial advice from a licensed professional or telephone Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.
  • Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. Our PDP-Compare.com and MA-Compare.com provide highlights of annual plan benefit changes.
  • The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.
  • Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.
  • We make every effort to show all available Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans in your service area. However, since our data is provided by Medicare, it is possible that this may not be a complete listing of plans available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.
  • When enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
  • Medicare beneficiaries with higher incomes may be required to pay both a Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Read more on IRMAA.
  • Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) are considered Medicare Part D plans and members with higher incomes may be subject to the Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), just as members in stand-alone Part D plans. In certain situations, you can appeal IRMAA.
  • You must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Members may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during specific times of the year. Contact the Medicare plan for more information.
  • If you are enrolled in a Medicare plan with Part D prescription drug coverage, you may be eligible for financial Extra Help to assist with the payment of your prescription drug premiums and drug purchases. To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov; the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call, 1-800-325-0778; or your state Medicaid Office.
  • Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
  • A Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan (PFFS) is not a Medicare supplement plan. Providers who do not contract with the plan are not required to see you except in an emergency.
  • Disclaimer for Institutional Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who meets the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) level of care and resides in a nursing home.
  • Disclaimer for Dual Eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.
  • Disclaimer for Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who has been diagnosed with the plan specific Chronic Condition.
  • Medicare MSA Plans combine a high deductible Medicare Advantage Plan and a trust or custodial savings account (as defined and/or approved by the IRS). The plan deposits money from Medicare into the account. You can use this money to pay for your health care costs, but only Medicare-covered expenses count toward your deductible. The amount deposited is usually less than your deductible amount, so you generally have to pay out-of-pocket before your coverage begins.
  • Medicare MSA Plans do not cover prescription drugs. If you join a Medicare MSA Plan, you can also join any separate (stand-alone) Medicare Part D prescription drug plan
  • There are additional restrictions to join an MSA plan, and enrollment is generally for a full calendar year unless you meet certain exceptions. Those who disenroll during the calendar year will owe a portion of the account deposit back to the plan. Contact the plan provider for additional information.
  • Medicare beneficiaries may enroll through the CMS Medicare Online Enrollment Center located at www.medicare.gov.
  • Medicare beneficiaries can file a complaint with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by calling 1-800-MEDICARE 24 hours a day/7 days or using the medicare.gov site. Beneficiaries can appoint a representative by submitting CMS Form-1696.


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