Medicare Advantage Enrollment in Phoenix and Maricopa County

In Maricopa County, 44% of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.  There are 21 Medicare Advantage plans available in Maricopa county that include Part D drug coverage. The plans listed below have the largest number of enrollees or are growing their numbers.  The plans listed below are all HMO network plans.

Feb-12 Feb-11    change
BANNER MEDISUN 22,179 20,598 +8%
PACIFICARE 63,143 62,196 +2%
HUMANA 11,491 9,221 +25%
HEALTH NET 22,018 21,692 +2%
CIGNA 34,098 34,563 -1%
SCAN 12,688 12,691 0
CAREMORE 3,571 1,217 +193%

Pacificare is the big kahuna in Maricopa County and is run by UnitedHealthcare. The plan is better known as AARP Medicare Complete, and this plan has been around for a very long time.

Cigna‘s plan gets 4.5 stars out of 5 on the rating system.  If Cigna can get 5 to stars, it will be allowed to enroll new members throughout the year rather than just during the Open Enrollment Period of October 15th – December 7th.

Banner Medisun also gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from the rating system.

Health Net is holding onto its enrollment numbers, despite having a monthly premium.

Humana is growing at a good pace.  Humana also has several PPO plans, which are not listed above.

SCAN, which grew rapidly over the previous three years, did not increase its enrollment numbers in 2011.

CareMore is in its second year in Phoenix and is growing rapidly – but lags far behind the other players.


Medicare Advantage enrollment data can be found at

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4 Responses to "Medicare Advantage Enrollment in Phoenix and Maricopa County"

  1. medicareblogger says:

    Thanks for the tip, Tip.  I saw that article in today’s AZ Star on the Medicare fraud investigation – which I reported on back on January 5th: Medicare Advantage Fraud Investigated in Tucson.  Channel 4 reported on this story in mid-January.  I’m proud to say I broke the story here on my blog long before the main stream media!!

  2. Tip O'Neill says:

    Yes it was your blog that first alerted me to it – I just wanted to make sure you saw the article 🙂

  3. Andrew Daw says:

    I need help in selecting a plan. Specifically, I have coverage that is provided by my former employer that I can not drop because my wife I also covered on it. However, I hate this plan and can not change it. As a result, I am forced to use VA and I absolutely hate that facility. Any suggestions?

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