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Medicare Plans by State

STATE -Select-
  • 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 – September 24, 2022
Reviewed by Dr. Brindusa Vanta, MD

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals with disabilities and for seniors aged 65 and older. While Medicare is an excellent option for older adults, it doesn’t always cover everything. In 2020, over 1,700,000 individuals in Georgia received Medicare benefits, and of those, around 734,000 were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. This is about 16% of the state’s total population. In 2019, the state of Georgia spent approximately $10.7 billion on Medicare, which is approximately 3% of the nation’s spending on this program.

There are four parts to Medicare. Original Medicare includes Part A and Part B. Part A is often referred to as hospital insurance, and Part B is medical insurance. Combined, these two parts cover hospitalization, skilled nursing facilities, laboratory work, doctor’s office visits and some home health services. Part C plans are referred to as Medicare Advantage, which is an alternative to original Medicare. Part D covers prescription medications. Medigap is a Medicare supplement plan. It helps fill in the gaps on what was originally Medicare.

This guide provides a detailed look at Georgia Medicare, including information on how seniors can customize their coverage to pay for the services they need. It also includes a list of organizations that can help with the application process and provide additional information on other benefits and services.

Options for Medicare Coverage in Georgia

Traditional Medicare is sufficient for some seniors; however, it may not be enough to cover those with special needs. Aside from the original Medicare, there are additional parts that add coverage for services like hospitalizations and prescription coverage. Seniors may also choose to receive their Medicare plan through a private insurance company to receive a broader range of coverage.

Original Medicare (Parts A & B)

Original Medicare is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is open to seniors aged 65 and over, along with those under 65 years old, but with certain disabilities or end-stage kidney disease. It includes two parts. Part A covers inpatient hospital care, nursing home and skilled nursing care, hospice and home health care. Part B, or medical coverage, pays for medically necessary goods and services such as durable medical equipment, mental health services and emergency medical transportation. 

Unlike most private Medicare plans, Original Medicare’s provider network isn’t limited to the beneficiary’s geographic region, making it easier to obtain services while traveling within the country. In most cases, Medicare doesn’t pay for health services the individual receives outside the United States. 

Under this program, seniors pay for services as they receive them. They must pay an annual deductible, which is $1,556 for Part A and $233 for Part B in 2022. After they’ve paid this amount, Medicare covers all eligible services at 80%. Beneficiaries pay the remaining 20% out of pocket.

Who Should Consider Original Medicare

Original Medicare may be a good option for those who:

  • Travel frequently within the United States
  • Don’t need extra benefits such as home-delivered meals and coverage for over-the-counter medication
  • Want to choose their own prescription drug coverage

Medicare Advantage (Part C)

Medicare Part C is also referred to as Medicare Advantage (MA). This is an alternative way for seniors to receive Medicare benefits instead of receiving coverage directly through the federal government. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies and make it easier to receive financial assistance for all types of medical coverage through a single entity.

Medicare Advantage covers all services covered by the Original Medicare (except hospice care which remains covered by Medicare Part A). Many Medicare Advantage Plans offer additional benefits like prescription medications, as well as dental, hearing and vision services.

Who Should Consider Medicare Advantage

Many seniors can benefit from a Medicare Advantage plan:

  • Those who prefer receiving benefits all in one plan
  • Individuals who prefer to have better control over their out-of-pocket expenses
  • Seniors who are comfortable with managed care 
  • Those who are looking for extra benefits like dental or vision care

The Top 10 Medicare Advantage Plans in Georgia

Georgia seniors have a choice between many Medicare Advantage programs. The following chart provides information on the top 10 insurance companies in the state that offer coverage, the enrollment numbers and the average monthly cost of premiums. It also includes what type of plans each company offers and gives a Medicare star rating.


Total Enrollment

Star Rating

Min Cost

Max Cost

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield






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Clover Health






Georgia Health Advantage






PruittHealth Premier






Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

Original Medicare doesn’t pay for most prescription drugs through Part A or B coverage. Instead, seniors purchase separate prescription drug policies, also called Part D coverage. Medicare contracts with private health insurance companies to provide this coverage. There are multiple plans to choose from with varying monthly premiums, which beneficiaries pay in addition to their Original Medicare premiums. While seniors don’t have to purchase prescription drug coverage when they’re first eligible for Medicare, not obtaining this coverage at this time may result in late enrollment penalties they pay for as long as they have Medicare if they enroll later.

Each prescription drug plan has its own formulary, or list of covered drugs. Formularies are typically split up into tiers. The tier a medication is in determines how much the insurance company pays and how much the beneficiary pays for it. Lower-level tiers are usually made up of generic and low-cost brand name drugs, while higher tiers are composed of more expensive brand name and specialty drugs. In most cases, the lower the tier, the lower the policyholder’s cost-sharing responsibility.

Who Should Consider Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Seniors who may benefit from prescription drug coverage include those who:

  • Currently take prescription medication or expect to in the future
  • Want to avoid late enrollment penalties
  • Want to reduce out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses

Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)

While Original Medicare provides coverage for many medical costs, seniors may still have significant out-of-pocket expenses. These may include copays, coinsurance and deductibles. Seniors may be able to reduce their cost-sharing obligations by purchasing a Medigap plan. These plans can only be used with Original Medicare. It’s illegal for private insurance companies to sell Medigap plans to those with Medicare Advantage plans.

For more information on Medigap plans, seniors can refer to the Best Medicare Supplement Companies of 2022 page.

Who Should Consider Medicare Supplement Insurance

Good candidates for Medigap may be those who:

  • Have ongoing health issues and expenses
  • Travel overseas often
  • Want to access an expanded network of health care providers
  • Expect to need health services not covered by Original Medicare

Medicare Resources in Georgia

Understanding the different parts of Medicare can be challenging for most seniors and their loved ones, whether this is the first time applying or if they’re making changes to an existing account. The following programs and services can provide assistance in navigating the available choices and determining which plans best suit your individual needs.

Georgia SHIP

SHIP works with seniors to provide free health insurance recommendations and to offer assistance with the Medicare application process. These services are completely free and help seniors understand the different parts of Medicare and exactly what coverage is needed to reduce out-of-pocket expenses. SHIP gives advice on prescription drug plans, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and supplemental insurance.

Contact Info

For more information on SHIP and how it can help, contact the agency at (866) 552-4464 or go to the plan website for more information on what’s offered and how they can provide assistance.

Visit Website

GeorgiaCares is a nonprofit organization that provides free counseling for seniors aged 65 and older and to those with qualified disabilities. The program helps explain the available public insurance options and the benefits each one provides. Information is available about Medicare health and prescription plans, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance and Medicare Advantage.

Contact Info

To learn more about GeorgiaCares, contact your local Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services or call (844) 552-4464 and select option 4 to speak to an available counselor.

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FAARP Georgia

Georgia AARP provides information to seniors on original Medicare and the available Medicare Advantage plans within the state. AARP counselors can help seniors understand the different parts of Medicare, and there’s an online database with information and state specific information on health care plans, including prescription coverage and provider information.

Contact Info

To speak to an AARP representative, call the toll-free line for the state office Monday through Friday during regular business hours. You can also email the organization at [email protected].

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Georgia Department of Community Health

The Georgia Department of Community Health provides free information on Medicare and the different parts and helps educate seniors on how to apply for coverage. The department also provides additional information on Medicaid, provider information and how seniors can improve their overall health and well-being and gives additional information on how Medicare helps pay for home and community-based services. The department is one of four health agencies that serve people throughout Georgia with insurance and public benefits.

Contact Info

For more information about the Georgia Department of Community Health and how they can assist with Medicare, contact them by phone at (404) 656-4507 or visit a local division.

Visit Website

Empowerline helps seniors navigate the different parts of Medicare and other state and federal benefit programs to ensure they make informed decisions regarding their health care. The organization also connects individuals to additional resources that address health issues. The organization website provides a searchable database to thousands of programs and services throughout the region on everything from health care to legal assistance.

Contact Info

For more information on how Empowerline can help with Medicare and other benefit programs, contact the organization directly at (404) 463-3333 or search the available resources online by topic and category.

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Georgia Office of Insurance

The Georgia Office of Insurance helps connect seniors and individuals with available health care plans by understanding their financial situation and individual needs. Trained counselors offer information on health care premiums, deductibles, copayments, co-insurance and out-of-pocket expenses. They also give detailed information on public health care assistance, including how to apply and the eligibility requirements.

Contact Info

Contact the Georgia Office of Insurance to discover the available health insurance plans within the state and to search agents and companies to determine which program better suits your situation.

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Georgians for a Healthy Future

The Georgia Office of Insurance helps connect seniors and individuals with available health care plans by understanding their financial situation and individual needs. Trained counselors offer information on health care premiums, deductibles, copayments, co-insurance and out-of-pocket expenses. They also give detailed information on public health care assistance, including how to apply and the eligibility requirements.

Contact Info

Learn how to obtain Medicare coverage and supplemental insurance through Georgians for a Healthy Future by contacting the organization directly at (404) 567-5016 or by checking the online schedule and attending one of the local health care events.

Visit Website is a federal website for information on Medicare, eligibility and how to apply for benefits. On the website, you can create an account and make changes, check the status of an application, see your benefits and get help with premiums and billing. The site also lets seniors compare available health and drug plans in the area to see which one provides the most coverage.

Contact Info

To speak to someone about Medicare and other available resources, contact the department by phone at (800) 633-4227 or chat online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except some holidays.

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