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Choosing a Medicare Managed Care Plan - A Guide for Medicare Beneficiaries


This consumer guide helps older Pennsylvanians choose Medicare Advantage Plans. Medicare Advantage Plans (also called Part C) are managed care plans offered by private insurance companies that manage the health care of their enrolled members.

The guide:

  • Lists managed care plans by county
  • Provides comparisons on monthly premiums and co-payments
  • Gives an overview of the benefits offered
  • Presents information about several quality measurements, as well as the results of patient satisfaction surveys.

The guide only includes information on Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs).

Updated information about the Medicare "Part D" Prescription Drug Program is also included. In addition to an overview of the drug benefit, the report features county-specific information about the Medicare Advantage Plans that offer this prescription drug coverage.

Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at:


Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

Funding Sources

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

QualityTool Topic



  • Release Date: 12/2002
  • Review Date: 12/2007
  • Recent Summary: 05/2008
  • Original Summary: 09/2003
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Last updated: May 19, 2008.