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  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
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Page Reviewed / Updated – December 23, 2023

Medicare provides affordable health coverage for tens of millions of seniors in the United States. The program is divided between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, also called Part C. Original Medicare provides hospital inpatient benefits (Part A) and outpatient services (Part B), as well as a prescription drug benefit (Part D). These benefits are delivered directly to the providers for eligible Medicare beneficiaries as a government benefit.

Medicare Advantage is an alternative method for receiving benefits. Under Part C, private companies offer multiple plans seniors can browse for the coverage and premium levels that suit them. By law, authorized Medicare Advantage Plans must offer the same benefits as Original Medicare Parts A and B, brought together for a single monthly premium payment. Many Part C plans also offer extra services not covered under Original Medicare, such as vision or dental, as well as at least some prescription drug coverage.

Medicare Advantage is an increasingly popular choice for seniors in North Dakota. Total Part C enrollment is up by more than 69% between 2022 and 2023, from 9% of total eligible seniors to 16%. This growth came at a time when national Medicare Advantage enrollment increased by only 7%. In 2023, North Dakota has more than 22,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees out of a total Medicare enrollment of nearly 144,000, suggesting much more room for growth in Part C participation.

Unlike Original Medicare, which is an entirely federal program, Medicare Advantage Plans are offered through private insurers on a state-by-state basis for different markets. While the rules allow for a large amount of variation in plan offerings and premium structures, all Part C providers are required to conform to state laws and federal guidelines set down by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Studies.

This guide lists the top options available for seniors in North Dakota, listed by enrollment totals, premium costs and consumer ratings.

The Top 5 Medicare Advantage Plans in North Dakota

North Dakota has five major Medicare Advantage Plans older adults can take part in. These are structured as PPOs, and many have $0 in monthly premiums. The table below lists the top providers in the state, along with their minimum and maximum plan costs, enrollment figures and the average star rating customers give their plans for factors ranging from coverage to customer service. The plan details provided are accurate as of April 2022. For the latest information on available plans in your area, consider visiting



Medicare Star Rating

Monthly Cost Range

Plan Types

Aetna Medicare



$0 – $69





$0 – $105





$0 – $97


Anthem HealthKeepers



$40 – $40


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield



$0 – $49


How Medicare Advantage Plans Work in North Dakota

There are a few important things to understand about how Medicare Advantage plans work in North Dakota. There are six types of Medicare Advantage plans. The most popular four types are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), Private Fee-For-Services (PFFS) plans, and Special Needs Plans (SNP). Insurance companies typically offer more than one plan type, giving North Dakota’s seniors the ability to find the right one for their specific needs. 

Each plan type has its own policies and rules when it comes to eligibility, primary physician requirements, prescription drug coverage and more. The graphic below compares the four main types of Medicare Advantage plans. 

Medicare Advantage Plan Types Graphic

What Medicare Advantage Plans Cover in North Dakota

Medicare Advantage plans are required to cover all of the services provided under Original Medicare Parts A and B, with the exception of hospice care which remains covered under Original Medicare. Covered services include hospital stays and skilled nursing care as well as preventative screenings, lab tests and durable medical equipment (DME) like wheelchairs and walkers.

Along with all Original Medicare services, Medicare Advantage plans generally include extra benefits like vision and dental care, hearing aids and prescription drugs. The table below contains a breakdown of what types of services are covered under Original Medicare versus Medicare Advantage. 

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 North Dakota

To be eligible for Medicare Advantage in North Dakota, residents must first be enrolled in Original Medicare. They also must live within a plan’s service area and must be a citizen or lawful immigrant. Certain plan types have additional eligibility requirements. For example, Special Needs Plans (SPNs) are only available to people with certain qualifying chronic health conditions. 

North Dakota residents can only enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during pre-defined enrollment periods. During the Annual Election Period (AEP), anyone can sign up for a new Medicare Advantage plan or change coverage. During the Open Enrollment Period, only previous enrollees can switch to a different plan. Outside of these periods, current enrollees cannot change coverage or sign up for new plans, except in very few special circumstances. Therefore, North Dakota’s seniors need to keep the start and end dates of the following enrollment periods in mind. 

  • 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 North Dakota

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.

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State-Wide Medicare Advantage Resources

North Dakota Insurance Department

The North Dakota Insurance Department regulates the private insurance companies that are allowed to offer Part C coverage in the state. Seniors can access online information about each part of Original Medicare, requirements for seniors’ Medicare Advantage plans and an overview of Part D prescription drug coverage. The department also administers the State Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) program, which provides invaluable advice to seniors about what kind of coverage they are eligible for, how to sign up and how to appeal a denial of claim. Trained counselors working for SHIC are fully independent and not affiliated with any private insurance company to ensure conflict-free advice seniors can rely on.

Contact Info

To learn about Medicare and Medicare Advantage options in the State of North Dakota, visit the North Dakota Insurance Department’s website, where educational articles are available to the public. To speak to a SHIC counselor, call 1-888-575-6611 or submit an email inquiry to [email protected]. The department may also be reached by mail at its main office in Bismarck.

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North Dakota Medicaid Program

North Dakota Medicaid is a health insurance program that offers basic coverage for eligible adults with low income and limited assets throughout the state. In addition to the Medicaid program’s ability to supplement Original Medicare, most seniors’ coverage includes a prescription drug benefit that can help close the coverage gap between co-payments and the annual spend down requirements. Medicaid workers can also answer questions for seniors about plan compatibility with various Medicare Advantage and supplemental programs.

Contact Info

To contact the North Dakota Medicaid program, seniors can visit the Medical Services Division online here. Interested applicants, or seniors with general inquiries about health coverage options in North Dakota, can also call the division directly at 1800-755-2604 or 701-328-2321. The Medical Services Division may be reached by mail through the North Dakota Department of Human Services in Bismarck.

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North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is a statewide agency that helps honorably discharged veterans find and obtain benefits they may be eligible for. Veterans who need help researching or signing up for Medicare Advantage can contact the department for advice and referrals to professional senior care planners. The department also provides information and links to supplemental plans senior veterans can apply to lower their Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage premiums. Veterans with special needs can contact one of the state’s Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) who provide in-person advice and assistance for senior veterans in all areas of North Dakota. In addition to helping eligible veterans in North Dakota obtain federal and state veterans’ benefits, VSOs are also available to receive and process inquiries and applications for health care and case worker assistance.

Contact Info

Contact the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs by phone at 1-866-634-8387. Inquiries to the department may be made online, or by email through the online contact form. Mail to the department should be sent to the NDVA’s main office in Fargo. To contact a local VSO, find a local office online via the searchable state map. Inquiries about finding a VSO may also be directed through the state Department of Veterans Affairs main telephone number.

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Indian Health Services

The federal Indian Health Services (IHS) office operates 15 hospitals and several smaller clinics in the Great Plains division, which serves over 130,000 Native Americans in the region. Based in Aberdeen, South Dakota, this office works with tribal elders across its service area, including 17 Native American nations in North Dakota. Counselors working with the office, and with individual tribes, help eligible seniors sign up for Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, locate Part D benefits and other prescription assistance and apply for Medicaid supplemental coverage for gaps in existing health services.

Contact Info

Seniors of all backgrounds may contact the Indian Health Services office for the Northern Great Plains by calling 605-226-7581. The office can also be reached by mail at its Aberdeen location, which is listed on the program’s website. Online inquiries can be made through the office’s contact form.

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Local Medicare Advantage Resources

Human Service Zone Offices

Human Service zones are county-level offices of the North Dakota Department of Human Services that can help seniors and low-income residents learn about and sign up for means-tested programs they may be eligible for. Additionally, workers at each county office are available to help seniors sign up for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplements, Medicaid cost-sharing assistance and Part D Extra Help options to lower their out-of-pocket and prescription drug costs. Most Human Service offices also offer educational materials and personal counseling about benefits seniors may be entitled to receive, and workers can provide seniors with some help planning for long-term care services.

Contact Info

Human Services county office locations and contact information may be viewed in a searchable online map of the state here. The North Dakota Department of Human Services may be reached by calling 1-800-472-2622 or by mail at its Bismarck main office, which is listed on the department’s website.

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