2021 Michigan Medicare Plans 

Enrolling in Medicare is a decision that should be made before your 65th birthday. You’ve been paying into it your entire life, and you deserve the many benefits of being enrolled as soon as possible.

Taking advantage of Medicare is simple, but understanding the different components can be a challenging task. The sooner you decide which plan to enroll in and submit your application for benefits, the more prepared you’ll be when it’s time to use them!

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Michigan Medicare Insurance Trends

  • There were 2,104,129 people in Michigan enrolled in a Medicare plan in 2020
  • Almost 50% of Medicare enrollees are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan
  • The average Medicare Advantage monthly premium decreased in Michigan in 2021, compared to 2020. In 2020, the average monthly premium was $43.93, decreasing to $38 in 2021.
  • There are 169 Medicare Advantage plans available in Michigan for 2021, up from  156 plans in 2020.
  • 29 stand-alone Medicare Part D plans are available in Michigan for 2021, down from 30 plans in 2020.

Medicare Offered in Michigan

Original Medicare

Original Medicare offers basic health insurance coverage. Part A covers some inpatient care costs for hospital stays, costs associated with stays in a skilled nursing facility or hospice, and some home health services. Part B covers a portion of the costs for medically necessary services to diagnose or treat a medical condition, and preventive services. Original Medicare does not cover prescription drugs, dental, vision, or hearing care. Original Medicare is administered by the federal government to U.S. residents over the age of 65, while supplemental Medicare plans to cover things that are not covered by Part A and Part B can be purchased from private insurance providers.

Medicare Advantage

There are 169 Medicare Advantage plans available to residents in Michigan, with 12 of these plans available statewide (most plans are available just in certain counties). Medicare Advantage combines Original Medicare with Medicare Part D, which provides prescription drug coverage. About half of Michigan’s Medicare enrollees have a Medicare Advantage plan. 

Michigan Medicare Advantage options include plans from the following private insurance companies:

  • Aetna Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • HAP Senior Plus
  • Humana
  • Priority Health Medicare
  • Reliance Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • WellCare
  • Zing Health
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Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare supplement plans, also known as Medigap plans, may be purchased to pay for deductibles and coinsurance, and other costs not covered by other tiers of Medicare coverage. 48 insurers in Michigan offer Medigap plans, including:

  • AARP – UnitedHealthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Cigna
  • Colonial Penn
  • Humana
  • Priority Health
  • State Farm

Michigan Medicare Enrollment

Michigan citizens are eligible for Medicare if they are U.S. citizens above 65 years old or are under 65 but are permanently disabled, have end-stage renal disease, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Use Medicare’s online eligibility tool if you are unsure if you qualify. 

Requirements

  • You are 65 or older, and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 40 quarters.
  • You are under age 65 and collect benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board for at least 24 consecutive months.
  • You have ESRD or ALS. 

Enrollment Period Dates

Initial Enrollment Period

This is a seven-month window that allows you to sign up for a plan

  • Begins 3 months before the month you turn 65
  • Ends 3 months after the month you turn 65

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

This is when you can sign up for a plan, switch a plan or leave a plan

  • Begins Starts October 15th
  • Ends December 7th

Special Enrollment Period

Special enrollment periods allow you to enroll outside the regular enrollment periods under specific circumstances. 

General Enrollment Period

This is when you can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B if you didn’t sign up when first eligible or if you’re not qualified for a Special Enrollment Period.

  • Starts January 1st
  • Ends March 31st

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

This is when you can switch or leave a Medicare Advantage Plan

  • Starts January 1st
  • Ends March 31st

Michigan Enrollment Tips & Advice

The law requires each state to provide objective counseling and advice for Medicare beneficiaries who may have questions regarding the various guidelines and details regarding coverage. These are called State Health Insurance Programs (SHIP), and in Michigan, this is the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP).

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How Do I Enroll in a Medicare Plan?

If you have any questions about Michigan Medicare options, speak to one of our licensed agents. Our dedicated team will help find a Medicare plan that works for you. 

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