Medicare Advantage Costs

The average national monthly premium for a Medicare Advantage plan in 2022 was $19, according to U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But costs may range from $0 to hundreds of dollars per month depending on where you live and your Part C plan. You must also pay the Medicare Part B premium, which is $170.10 in 2022, up from $148.50 in 2021.

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  • Published: August 14, 2020
  • Updated: September 21, 2022
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  • This page features 10 Cited Research Articles
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How Much Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cost?

69% of the 28.4 million Americans enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in 2022 paid no premiums for their plan itself. But to enroll in an Advantage plan, they still had to pay the monthly premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance).

There are 3,834 different Medicare Advantage plans sold by private insurance companies that contract with Medicare in 2022. The plans are required to provide all the same coverage offered by Original Medicare — Part A and Part B.

Medicare Advantage plans can offer additional benefits and that can increase their costs. So, monthly premiums for Medicare Advantage plans vary based on the terms of the plan, the benefits offered and other circumstances.

The average monthly premiums for Medicare Advantage plans have decreased steadily since 2015, according to a 2022 study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The average HMO monthly premium is $16 a month in 2022. This has been driven largely by steep declines in premiums for local PPO plans.

But regional PPO plans have bucked the trend, with premium costs increasing since 2015. An average PPO premium is $49 a month in 2022.

Learn more about the costs of Medicare Advantage from Anne Novak, who is licensed in Life and Annuities, Sickness, Accident and Health by the Nebraska Department of Insurance.

How Are Medicare Advantage Plans Priced?

It’s important to look beyond just the monthly premium when shopping for a Medicare Advantage plan. You need to consider your total Medicare costs. These include deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and maximum out-of-pocket costs.

Since Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurers, the companies can make several decisions that affect the price of each plan.

Business Decisions That Affect Medicare Advantage Plan Pricing
  • Which plans a company chooses to offer
  • How the company calculates the price and profit margin for premiums and cost-sharing
  • Additional benefits the company offers

Unlike Medigap, which has 10 standardized plans across all companies, there are no standardized Medicare Advantage plans.

You will need to compare Medicare Advantage plans to find the right benefits and prices for your health care needs and personal finances.

Did You Know?
Medicare does not set the amounts Medicare Advantage plans charge for deductibles and services. These are set by the private insurers selling the plans and can change each year on Jan. 1.
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New updates are made every year to Medicare Advantage plans. Find out which plan is right for you.

Comparing the Costs of Medicare Advantage Plans

A monthly $0 Medicare Advantage premium may sound enticing, but the plan may come with bare bones coverage. When comparing the costs of Medicare Advantage plans, be sure to consider the benefits you are receiving.

A low premium may not be a good bargain if you end up paying hefty copayments on prescription drugs or have to pay the full costs of benefits you passed up for the lower monthly payment.

Six Costs to Consider When Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Monthly premium
  • Doctor visit copayment
  • Prescription drug copayment
  • Your deductible
  • Maximum out-of-pocket costs
  • Additional benefits (vision, hearing, dental or other services)

Consider how much you’ll likely pay per year for various health care services, then compare that to the premiums you’d pay over the course of the year.

Find More Cost Details from Your Medicare Advantage Plan
Evidence of Coverage (EOC)
Your insurer will send you an EOC document each fall. It will give you updated information about what your plan covers, your costs and other important information.
Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)
Your ANOC will alert you to changes in your costs, coverage and services that take effect on Jan. 1 of the coming year. This document also arrives from your insurer in the fall.

Consider Your Potential Out-of-Pocket Costs

Medicare sets limits on how much a Medicare Advantage plan can require you to pay out-of-pocket each year. In 2022, the limit is $7,550 for in-network services and $11,300 combined for in-network and out-of-network services.

The average is considerably lower than those limits, but it can still cost you thousands of dollars.

Last Modified: September 21, 2022

10 Cited Research Articles

  1. Freed, M. & et al. (2022, August 25). Medicare Advantage in 2022: Premiums, Out-of-Pocket Limits, Cost Sharing, Supplemental Benefits, Prior Authorization, and Star Ratings. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-in-2022-premiums-out-of-pocket-limits-cost-sharing-supplemental-benefits-prior-authorization-and-star-ratings/
  2. Freed, M. (2022, August 25). Medicare Advantage in 2022: Enrollment Update and Key Trends. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-in-2022-enrollment-update-and-key-trends/
  3. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2021, November 2). Medicare Advantage 2022 Spotlight: First Look. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-2022-spotlight-first-look/
  4. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2020, November 6). 2021 Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2021-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles
  5. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2019, September). Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/12026-Understanding-Medicare-Advantage-Plans.pdf
  6. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicare Advantage Plans Cover All Medicare Services. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/what-medicare-health-plans-cover/medicare-advantage-plans-cover-all-medicare-services
  7. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). How do Medicare Advantage Plans Work? Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans/how-do-medicare-advantage-plans-work
  8. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicare Advantage Plans. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans
  9. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Evidence of Coverage (EOC). Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/basics/forms-publications-mailings/mailings/costs-and-coverage/evidence-of-coverage
  10. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Plan Annual Notice of Change (ANOC). Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/basics/forms-publications-mailings/mailings/costs-and-coverage/upcoming-plan-changes