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Medicare Plans by State

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  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • 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 21, 2023

Medicare Advantage Plans offer a private insurance alternative to the automatic enrollment in Original Medicare. Texas seniors and other qualifying individuals can benefit from almost all Medicare-covered services by paying just one monthly premium for a Medicare Advantage Plan with a private provider. Sometimes referred to as Part C Medicare, Medicare Advantage covers all Part A and Part B Medicare services, although hospice care remains exclusive to Part A. Plans typically also include certain prescription drug benefits, often removing the requirement for seniors to obtain separate Medicare Part D coverage. Additionally, because Medicare Advantage is administered by private insurance companies, it’s common for plans to include extra benefits not included by Original Medicare, such as dental and vision care.

Whereas Original Medicare is a government-paid benefit, Medicare Advantage Plans can vary between states. Enrollees are charged group rates, which often saves them money, and insurance providers typically invoice the Social Security Administration for bill payments. Providers can decide their own copay limits, which can also reduce payment liabilities for those enrolled. Companies may require recipients to use approved service providers within their network, and the subsidized plans are also subject to specific terms or conditions.

Texas’ population is over 30 million, and seniors aged 65 or older account for roughly 13.4% of the community. In 2022, around 4.4 million individuals were eligible for Medicare. Of these, 2.1 million enrolled were in Medicare Advantage, representing 48% of all those who qualified. In 2023, 2.4 million individuals enrolled for Medicare Advantage out of 4.6 million eligible candidates. Statistically, 52% of all eligible people enrolled in 2023, suggesting the growing popularity of Medicare Advantage Plans in Texas. Nationally, about 51% of all eligible individuals signed up for Medicare Advantage in 2023.

Texas’ top Medicare Advantage Plans are detailed in this guide. Learn about coverage, who meets the criteria and how to enroll.

The Top 10 Medicare Advantage Plans in Texas

Seniors in Texas can choose between several Medicare Advantage providers, with plans including broad coverage. Many companies offer a choice of plans at various price points, enabling enrollees to select the best coverage for their needs and budget. The below table lists the 30 most popular Medicare Advantage providers in Texas. For ease of comparison, it shows how many people have enrolled in each plan and the average star rating. The numbers are current as of July 2023, but more enrollment information is available from



Medicare Star Rating

Monthly Cost Range

Plan Types




$0 – $197





$0 – $93


Braven Health



$0 – $0





$0 – $17





$0 – $11.9


Aetna Medicare



$0 – $194


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield



$49 – $49


Highmark Inc.



$0 – $0


Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New Yo



$0 – $15


Devoted Health



$0 – $25


How Medicare Advantage Plans Work in Texas

Medicare Advantage providers in Texas organize their plans in various ways to deliver adequate care. Seniors signing up for a plan need to know the differences between their options. Most insurers offer different structures that include: health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs). These plans each have unique requirements and rules for referrals, network coverage, prescription drugs and whether you need a primary care physician. The four most popular plan structures are described below.

Medicare Advantage Plan Types Graphic

What Medicare Advantage Plans Cover in Texas

Medicare Advantage plans are required by law to provide all the same benefits as Original Medicare Parts A and B as a minimum. These services include X-ray imaging, hospital inpatient services and preventive screenings. The exception to the rule is hospice care, which is always covered under Medicare Part A. Medicare Advantage plans are allowed to go beyond the minimum benefits, which many of them do to cover dental, vision care, hearing aids and some prescription drugs.

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 Texas

To sign up for Medicare Advantage, a senior in Texas must be eligible for Original Medicare and choose to receive benefits under Part C instead. They must sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan that’s available in the area, but there are no restrictions on which of the offered plans they can choose. Like Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans are not allowed to refuse coverage or charge extra for pre-existing conditions, provided the application was submitted within a plan enrollment window. Enrollments outside the open enrollment window may be subject to more limited coverage and a penalty fee, so it’s important to understand when new applications can be submitted. Have a look at the list of enrollment periods below to learn when you can apply for Medicare Advantage.

  • 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 Texas

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.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work in California

State-Wide Medicare Advantage Resources

Texas Health Information Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

The Texas Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides Medicare counseling for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The program provides benefit counselors who help seniors understand the difference between the different Medicare plans and determine the plan that’s best suited to their needs and budget. This service is free of charge and available to Medicare beneficiaries aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities.

Contact Info

To contact HICAP for assistance with Medicare Advantage plans, seniors can call (800) 252-9240 or search for a local office online at the Texas Medicare website.

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Texas Department of Insurance – Managed Care Quality Assurance Office

Texas’ Managed Care Quality Assurance Office helps members of the public who are enrolled in managed care plans, including Medicare Advantage HMOs. The organization is responsible for licensing HMO providers and assuring that program participants have access to the care they’re promised by their insurance provider. This organization can provide answers to general questions that seniors may have about Medicare Advantage HMOs.

Contact Info

Seniors who have questions about their HMO or their Medicare Advantage provider can contact the Managed Care Quality Assurance Office by calling (866) 554-4926 and selecting option 8.

Texas Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging provide a broad range of services to seniors throughout the state, including benefits counseling. Its staff work with seniors to determine which Medicare, Medicaid or Medicare Advantage programs are best suited to their income and health care needs and can provide further assistance in coordinating care services with their insurance providers and helping with claims or appeals whenever necessary. Other Area Agency on Aging services include long-term care ombudsman access, nutrition services, and in-home support services. 

Contact Info

There are 28 Area Agencies on Aging located throughout Texas. To find a location nearest them or to receive clarification on available programs, seniors can email [email protected].

Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center

The Texas Aging and Disability Resource Centers are available to seniors and disabled persons of all ages. These centers offer one-on-one options for counseling, which helps seniors and their loved ones to determine their long-term care needs, as well as how to navigate the benefit plans that are available to help them pay for it, such as Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Other services that are available at Texas’ Aging and Disability Resource Centers include caregiver training and advocacy for seniors in long-term care facilities.

Contact Info

Aging and Disability Centers are available in each county throughout Texas. Seniors can log onto the Texas Health and Human Services website to find the location nearest them.

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Local Medicare Advantage Resources

Houston-Galveston Area Council Medicare Benefits Counseling

Houston-Galveston Area Medicare Benefits Counseling services help older Texans to navigate the state’s Medicare system, providing detailed information about Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans that are available to them and helping them choose one that suits their needs. The program also provides assistance with seniors who need help with meals, transportation, or in-home care. Benefits counselors are available monthly at various locations in the Houston-Galveston area to provide in-person assistance.

Contact Info

Seniors can call (713) 627-3200 to speak with a benefits counselor or walk-in to any of the monthly clinics to meet with one in-person.

North Dallas Shared Ministry

Low-income seniors who are Medicare beneficiaries can receive financial assistance with their premiums and assistance in navigating their benefits from the North Dallas Shared Ministry. This nonprofit organization also provides a broad range of other services specifically for low-income residents of the Dallas metropolitan area, including energy assistance, rent assistance, and Medicaid and SNAP assistance and counseling.

Contact Info

Seniors in need of assistance can contact the North Dallas Shared Ministry by calling (214) 358-8700 or in person at 2875 Merrell Road in Dallas.