Q1Medicare.com Introduces Simplified Medicare Advantage Plan Search Tool

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Q1Medicare.com now offers a streamlined 2011 Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Health plan search tool, providing Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries a view of all Medicare Advantage plans in their area. The Q1Medicare MA-Finder includes searches for Medicare Advantage plans with and without prescription drug coverage, as well as Medicare Advantage Special Needs plans. Medicare Advantage plan search results display an overview of key plan coverage features include monthly plan premiums, plan type, Donut Hole coverage, and cost-sharing for all drug tiers. Complete health and prescription coverage details are also provided for all Medicare Advantage plans along with plan contact information.

Just like our prescription drug plan finder, our Medicare Advantage plan search tool or MA-Finder is designed as an easy to use alternative to other more complicated online search tools

Q1Medicare.com now offers an easier way for Seniors and other members of the Medicare community to review 2011 Medicare Advantage plans or Medicare Health plans online. Using the Q1Medicare.com/MA-Finder, Medicare beneficiaries simply enter their ZIP Code and view all 2011 Medicare Advantage plans available in their county, along with key Medicare Advantage plan coverage details, such as monthly plan premiums, deductibles, 30-day supply cost-sharing information for all drug tiers, and Part A and Part B maximum out of pocket limits (or MOOP).

The MA-Finder includes Medicare Advantage plan coverage details for Medicare Advantage plans with and without Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage Special Needs plans or SNPs are also included within the search results.

MA-Finder users can also browse through all of the counties within a state and see highlighted plans showing the lowest cost plans with prescription drug coverage for each health coverage type (such as HMO, PPO, or PFFS) and a link to a complete list of Medicare Advantage plans in the county. As an example, users can go to Q1Medicare.com/MA-Finder/FL, and if they click on the “All MA-PD plans in Broward County, FL” link, the user would see a comparison of all 91 Medicare Advantage plans available within the county.

Users of the Q1Medicare MA-Finder can also choose to compare additional features of the available Medicare Advantage plans by changing the “Additional Info” field in the search preferences box. Key information such as the number of plan members, the number of drugs on the plan’s formulary, or the plan’s initial coverage limit can be viewed. More advanced users can also filter the MA-Finder search results based on monthly premium, maximum deductible, Donut Hole coverage, plans with $0 cost-share on tier-one drugs, and/or SNP eligibility requirements, to name a few.

If the MA-Finder user would like to learn more about a specific plan, they can click on the “detail” icon below the Medicare Advantage plan name to review complete coverage details that include both the health and prescription drug coverage. The MA-Finder also includes a “T” icon for each Medicare Advantage plan, allowing users to read about the chosen Medicare Advantage plan’s coverage in “simple text” rather than in chart format.

“Just like our prescription drug plan finder, our Medicare Advantage plan search tool or MA-Finder is designed as an easy to use alternative to other more complicated online search tools,” notes Dr. Susan Johnson, Technical Director and co-founder of Q1Group LLC. “Our MA-Finder provides users with a comparison of plans available along with links to coverage details, enrollment and contact information, and even a narrative text version of the plan coverage.”

The Q1Medicare.com MA-Finder tool is available free of charge to all site users and the results of any search can be eMailed to the user for further review offline. The MA-Finder and all other Q1Medicare.com tools can also be accessed on smartphone or tablet platforms. The Q1Medicare.com Medicare Advantage plan search tool can be found directly at MA-Finder.com.

About the Q1Medicare.com Website
Q1Medicare.com is one of the largest independent online resources for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and Medicare Advantage plan information. Q1Medicare offers a comprehensive section of Frequently Asked Questions, online tools, and a free Medicare Part D Newsletter all designed to help Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, advocates, advisers, and insurance agents better understand the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage programs. Q1Medicare.com is operated by Q1Group LLC (Saint Augustine, Florida).

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