As noted in our "More 2021 Medicare
Advantage plan choices...
the total number of 2021 Medicare Advantage plans across the country will increase by 13%. However, when viewed in detail, many 2020 Medicare Advantage plans will be
terminated or merged into other 2021 plans -- and many counties will see
significant changes in their Medicare Advantage plan landscape.
County-Specific changes in the 2021 Medicare Advantage plan landscapes (Losses and Gains)
As an example of how the Medicare Advantage plan landscape can change on a local level, we found that in 2021, Monroe County, PA
will lose 11
of the 50 currently offered 2020 Medicare Advantage
plans. However, in the same county, 7 new 2021 Medicare Advantage plans
will be introduced.
The counties in the chart below will have the highest number of non-renewing
Medicare Advantage plans.
with Largest Number of
Medicare Advantage Plans
||Number of Non-Renewing
|Monroe County, PA
|Lackawanna County, PA
|Luzerne County, PA
|Harris County, TX
|Montgomery County, TX
|Fort Bend County, TX
|Galveston County, TX
|Liberty County, TX
|Polk County, TX
|Jefferson County, TX
|Waller County, TX
|Brazoria County, TX
|Bexar County, TX
*We do not yet know which 2020 plans will crosswalk
members into other 2021 plans. The term "Crosswalk" is used
when a 2020 Medicare plans automatically moves plan members to a different plan
for 2021 because the 2020 Medicare plan will no longer be offered in the new
plan year. So it is possible that some of these Medicare Advantage plans will "transfer" their 2020 plan members into a newly-named 2021 Medicare Advantage plan.
: Please check to be sure that your 2020
Advantage plan is being offered in 2021. You can learn more by reading your Medicare plan's Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter that your plan will send you late-September or early-October. You can also telephone your current Medicare Advantage plan using the toll-free Member Services number found on your Member ID card.
For more information about 2020/2021 plan changes, please call
Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 and speak with a Medicare representative about
Medicare plans that are available in your service area.
You can see more 2021 Medicare Part D plan changes using our MA-Compare tool
found at: MA-Compare.com/2021
or Browse Medicare Advantage or Part D plans by state
(In our 2020/2021 MA-Compare tool, the "57 Medicare Advantage plans
that meet your criteria" represents the total number of plan changes: plans leaving in 2021, plans remaining in 2021, and plans entering in 2021. As noted above, there are 50 Medicare Advantage plan in 2020, 11 will leave in 2021, 7 plans will enter in 2021 for a new total of 46 Medicare Advantage plan in 2021