2017 Senior Choice Gold Awards
HealthMetrix Research Selects 2017 Medicare Advantage Plans for Exceptional Benefit Value & Overall Performance
COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 17, 2016) – Medicare Advantage plans in over 100 cities will be recognized for exceptional value in the design of their medical and Part D prescription drug benefits available for 2017 Medicare plan enrollees. The 2017 Senior Choice Gold Award recipients were selected from Medicare Advantage plans across 47 states and Puerto Rico based on independent cost-sharing analysis conducted by HealthMetrix Research Inc. and MedicareNewsWatch.com. The 2017 Senior Choice Gold Award selections include special recognition for plans achieving at least 4-star overall ratings for quality and performance as reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
According to HealthMetrix Research Inc. president Alan Mittermaier:
"This established industry award is unique for considering both forward-looking cost-sharing comparisons along with the recently announced quality and performance ratings. Each award recipient has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the design of their 2017 Medicare plan benefits, copayments, deductibles and premiums including the Part D prescription drug benefits. Over 50% of the award recipients also achieved at least 4-star CMS overall ratings for exceptional performance that creates a higher bar for all Medicare Advantage competitors. HealthMetrix Research commends those organizations for this distinctive dual recognition."
The award criteria were based on 2017 benefits and cost-sharing approved by Medicare for the selected plans. Estimated annual out-of-pocket costs published on Medicare Plan Finder (www.Medicare.gov) include applicable plan copayments, deductibles, and premiums adjusted for beneficiaries’ health status (excellent, good, poor). HealthMetrix Research cost-sharing comparisons are available at www.MedicareNewsWatch.com. HealthMetrix Research neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans.
Medicare Advantage plans receive overall ratings annually on a 1 to 5 star scale.
5 Stars = Excellent Performance
1 Star = Poor Performance
Denotes "Excellence in Medicare Benefits Value & Performance"
Denotes "Excellence in Medicare Benefits Value"