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Medicare Plans by State

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  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
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  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Page Reviewed / Updated – December 24, 2023

Seniors 65 and older or those younger with eligible disabilities qualify for coverage through Medicare. Coverage is available through Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Original Medicare is a federal program whereas Medicare Advantage offers plans through private insurance providers that contract with Medicare. Medicare Advantage providers must provide the same coverage and follow regulations governed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but have some discretion on provider networks, referrals and out-of-pocket costs.

Original Medicare is available in two parts: Part A for hospitalization coverage and Part B for outpatient and preventative care. Medicare Advantage is sometimes called Part C, and combines the Part A and B coverage into a comprehensive plan. Unlike Original Medicare, which requires an additional plan for prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans typically include such coverage along with further services such as dental and vision coverage.

Using CMS data, Mississippi recorded a 1.88% increase in eligible individuals for Medicare Advantage coverage in 2023, totaling just under 631,000 people. However, only around 39%, approximately 249,000 people, actually opted to enroll in these plans. These figures are notably lower compared to the nationwide scenario where the U.S. experienced a 2.66% increase in eligible enrollees, and approximately 48% of the eligible population chose to enroll in Medicare Advantage Plans. Regarding enrollment growth, Mississippi witnessed a substantial 17.68% surge in enrollees, signifying a 15.51% increase in growth compared to the previous year. In contrast, these figures outpaced the national trend, with the U.S. observing a 9.75% growth in enrollees and a 6.9% increase in growth in the percentage of those enrolled. 

Presented in this guide is a comprehensive breakdown of Medicare Advantage Plans in Mississippi. It includes a concise overview of the coverage these plans offer, highlights the leading providers within the state, and outlines the eligibility criteria.

The Top 10 Medicare Advantage Plans in Mississippi

In Mississippi, several Medicare Advantage Plans are available from numerous providers. Available plans can vary on a county-by-county basis and many providers offer several options. Below are the top 12 Medicare Advantage providers based on total enrollment after combining all available plans offered by each provider. The table also reveals the providers’ Medicare star rating, as well as lists an average cost range. This information is up to date as of July 2023, but is subject to change at any time. Beneficiaries should visit for the most recent information on pricing and plans available in their area.



Medicare Star Rating

Monthly Cost Range

Plan Types

Aetna Medicare



$0 – $62





$0 – $0


Blue Cross and Blue Shield



$0 – $30





$0 – $25





$0 – $28


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield



$0 – $109


Anthem HealthKeepers



$0 – $232


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan



$0 – $0


Wellcare by Allwell



$0 – $13


Vantage Health Plan



$0 – $32


How Medicare Advantage Plans Work in Mississippi

Seniors can choose between several distinct Medicare Advantage plan types in Mississippi. While many plans available are Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans, several Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans are also available. Beneficiaries will also find some Private-Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plans and Special Needs Plans (SNP) in some parts of the state. Below is a compilation of information about the different types of Medicare Advantage plans available in Mississippi to help Medicare recipients make informed health care coverage decisions.

Medicare Advantage Plan Types Graphic

What Medicare Advantage Plans Cover in Mississippi

Medicare beneficiaries in Mississippi who choose Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare may have a lower deductible but with the same level of coverage. MA plans must provide Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, such as Original Medicare to ensure recipients still receive hospital and medical coverage. However, Medicare Advantage typically offers more comprehensive coverage with some extras that Original Medicare doesn’t provide. Some perks might include vision and dental care, prescription drugs and hearing aids.

Coverage Available With Medicare Parts A & B?

Coverage Available With Medicare Advantage?

Preventive Screenings



Hospital Care



Durable Medical Equipment



Prescription Drugs



Vision Care



Dental Care



Hearing Aids



*Select plans offer this coverage

** Most plans offer this coverage

Eligibility for Medicare Advantage in Mississippi

To qualify for Medicare Advantage in Mississippi, recipients must have Medicare Parts A and B. They must be at least 65 years old. Residents also might be eligible if they’re younger than 65 if they’re disabled and receive Social Security Disability Insurance. They’re also eligible if they’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or end-stage renal disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. 

Eligibility stipulations also require recipients to be U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants. To qualify for a specific Medicare Advantage plan in Mississippi, the beneficiary must permanently reside in an area serviced by the plan. Some MA plans have additional eligibility requirements, so check these details carefully. Like everywhere in the nation, seniors may also sign up for Medicare Advantage or switch their existing plan during one of the designated enrollment periods outlined below.

  • Initial Coverage Election Period: This is the initial 7-month period, coinciding with one’s 65th birthday, during which everyone is eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Annual Election Period (AEP): Also referred to as the Open Enrollment Period, this the time of year when anyone over 65 can enroll in Medicare Advantage for the first time or change to a new plan.
  • Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: During this period, those who are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage can switch to a different plan or switch back to Original Medicare.

Start Date

End Date

Initial Coverage Election

3 Months Before One’s
65th Birth Month

3 Months After One’s
65th Birth Month

Annual Election Period

October 15th

December 7th

Medicare Advantage Open
Enrollment Period

January 1st

March 31st

Additionally, Medicare Advantage plan participants can change their plan outside of these enrollment periods under certain qualifying circumstances, such as moving to a new state.

How to Find & Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan in Mississippi

Navigating the many intricacies of Medicare Advantage plan types, insurers, and the specific plan options available by region can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Below are several resources we’ve created to help you through the process.

First is a downloadable PDF that you can use as a guide to help you compare plans as you research. Finally, we have listed a number of organizations that you can contact with experts that will help you determine whether Medicare Advantage is right for you and what plans you should consider.

Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan

State-Wide Medicare Advantage Resources

Mississippi State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

The Mississippi State Health Insurance Program, or SHIP, is a statewide  network of volunteers trained specifically to help seniors and their loved ones understand, enroll in and manage their health insurance options. SHIP volunteers are available to answer questions about Medicare eligibility, discuss Medicare Advantage plans and benefits, file appeals and more. Seniors can also contact SHIP for guidance on how to keep track of their medical bills, to discuss their eligibility for Medicaid and learn about options for long-term care.

Contact Info

To speak with a SHIP volunteer to learn more or request assistance, seniors can contact their local Area Agency on Aging.

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Mississippi Insurance Department

The Mississippi Insurance Department is a state agency providing residents with access to a wealth of information and resources related to all types of insurance. Seniors can call the department to receive Medicare and Medicare Advantage plan counseling services. On the department website, seniors can access links to educational materials on topics including tips for avoiding Medicare fraud, Medicare prescription drug coverage, the state’s Medicare Supplement Shoppers Guide and the official federal Medicare & You handbook. The Mississippi Insurance Department also helps seniors file complaints, learn about their long-term care insurance options and obtain resources regarding other types of insurance. Contact Information Seniors can contact the Mississippi Insurance Department by calling its statewide, toll-free consumers line at 800-562-2957, emailing a representative listed in its email directory or by visiting the department’s office located on the 10th Floor of the Woolfolk State Office Building at 501 North West Street in Jackson.

Contact Info

Seniors can contact the Mississippi Insurance Department by calling its statewide, toll-free consumers line at 800-562-2957, emailing a representative listed in its email directory or by visiting the department’s office located on the 10th Floor of the Woolfolk State Office Building at 501 North West Street in Jackson.

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Mississippi Medicare Cost-Sharing Program

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid helps eligible, low-income individuals and families obtain health care coverage through the state Medicaid program. Its three Medicare cost-sharing programs can assist Medicare-enrolled seniors in paying their out-of-pocket health care costs, such as premiums and coinsurance. These include the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and Qualifying Individual (QI) programs. To participate in QMB, seniors must be eligible for Medicare Part A, and seniors must already have Medicare Part A to qualify for SLMB and QI. Additionally, applicants’ monthly income may not be more than 100% of the federal poverty level to qualify for the QMB program, 120% for the SLMB and 135% for the QI program.

Contact Info

To learn more or apply for these programs, Mississippi seniors can call their Medicaid regional office. A list of regional office locations and phone numbers is provided on the Mississippi Division of Medicaid website. They can also apply online, or call the division’s main switchboard at 601-359-6050.

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Mississippi Senior Medicare Patrol

Mississippi Senior Medicare Patrol protects seniors enrolled in Medicare plans within the state against scams and fraudulent practices. To do this, trained volunteers counsel and educate seniors on how to read their Medicare bills, statements and other documents, protect their identities and report errors and suspicious or fraudulent behaviors. They can also help seniors recognize deceptive or illegal marketing practices when shopping for Medicare Advantage plans. Because many volunteers are Medicare beneficiaries themselves, they serve as trustworthy, informed and unbiased supporters. Services are provided through one-on-one counseling, group presentations and via a telephone helpline.

Contact Info

To contact the Mississippi Senior Medicare Patrol, seniors can call 877-272-8720, email [email protected] or visit the regional headquarters located at 8440 Jefferson Highway, Suite 101, in Baton Rouge, LA.


Local Medicare Advantage Resources

Area Agencies on Aging

Mississippi’s Area Agencies on Aging are located throughout the state to provide seniors with information, assistance, referral programs and access to SHIP volunteers and other Medicare and health-related counseling services. To qualify for services, seniors must be aged 60 and older or disabled. Assessments are done to evaluate an individual’s eligibility for certain services. 

Contact Info

A list of Mississippi’s Area Agencies on Aging, the counties each one serves and their contact information can be found on the Mississippi Department of Human Services website here.

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Mississippi Access to Care Centers

Mississippi Access to Care Centers (MAC) are places seniors can visit to learn about and apply for Medicare benefits, shop for Medicare Advantage plans and receive referrals, counseling and information about long-term care. Seniors can receive this assistance by phone, in person at a center or through a home visit. The MAC website also includes information on a wide range of other programs and services for seniors. Assistance through MAC is not limited based on a senior’s financial situation. 

Contact Info

Seniors can call MAC at 844-822-4622. A list of MAC centers throughout Mississippi, including their locations and contact details, is available on the program’s website. 

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