Medicare in Florida - Plan Options

Medicare in Florida is a medical insurance program the federal government provides in the United States. It covers over 4.8 million eligible individuals in Florida who are either 65 years or older or have a qualifying disability.

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Medicare Plans in Florida

Medicare beneficiaries can choose from various Medicare plans in Florida that offer different levels of coverage based on their medical needs and lifestyle. If you have multiple health conditions or a disability, Original Medicare alone may not be the best choice because it can result in higher out-of-pocket expenses. For more comprehensive care, Medicare Advantage may be a better option. Alternatively, a Medigap plan can provide the most comprehensive coverage by filling gaps left by Medicare.

Here are the five types of Medicare plans in Florida:

Original Medicare (Parts A & B)

Original Medicare in Florida is the foundation of the Medicare program and includes both Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Part A is typically premium-free for those who have worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least ten years. Part B, on the other hand, has a monthly premium based on income. Original Medicare covers many healthcare services but doesn’t cover everything (such as prescription drugs).

Medicare Advantage (Part C)

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in Florida are offered by private insurers, approved by Medicare, and include all the benefits of Original Medicare; however, MA plans add extra benefits such as prescription drug, vision, dental, and hearing coverage. MA may have lower out-of-pocket costs than Original Medicare. Florida has a large selection of Medicare Advantage plans, so shopping around to find the plan that best fits your needs is wise.

Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)

Private insurers also offer Medigap plans in Florida to fill the gaps in Original Medicare coverage (such as deductibles, co-payments, and coinsurances). Florida has ten standardized Medigap plans, labeled with letters A through N, although Medigap Plan G is the most popular. The benefits of each plan are standardized by the government, regardless of which insurance company offers the plan. Medigap policies have a monthly premium in addition to your Original Medicare premium.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D)

Prescription drug coverage in Florida is not included in Original Medicare, but you can get it through a standalone Medicare prescription drug plan. Private insurers approved by Medicare also offer these plans. Each plan has a formulary (or list of covered prescription drugs), so choosing a plan that covers the medications you need is crucial. Keep in mind there may be formulary changes from year to year.

Special Needs Plans (SNPs)

In Florida, SNPs are Medicare Advantage plans for people with certain chronic conditions or those needing specialized care, like those with Medicare and Medicaid. There are three types of SNPs: Chronic Condition SNPs, Dual Eligible SNPs, and Institutional SNPs. Not all SNPs are available in all areas of Florida, and not all people are eligible for SNP plans.

Medicare Eligibility in Florida

In Florida, those 65 and older, younger individuals with disabilities, and those with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are eligible for Medicare benefits.

Medicare eligibility in Florida is based on national standards set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have worked for at least ten years in jobs covered by Medicare taxes are automatically eligible upon reaching the age of 65. Those who qualify must also meet residency requirements, which include having lived in the United States for at least five consecutive years before applying for Medicare benefits.

Individuals younger than 65 may be eligible if they have received Social Security disability benefits for at least 24 months or have ESRD. Individuals with ESRD must also meet residency requirements to be eligible.

In addition to meeting specific eligibility requirements, applicants must apply for Medicare coverage before their 65th birthday or within three months after their disability begins to avoid late enrollment penalties. Applicants can use the Social Security website or visit a local office for assistance and advice.

With regard to cost, if you are not eligible for automatic qualification for Part A, you might have to pay as much as $505 per month (as of 2024). The Part B standard premium is $174.70 monthly (as of 2024), but your premium could be higher if you have a higher income.

How Do I Apply For Medicare in Florida?

Applying for Medicare in Florida is an easy process. You can apply online or by phone.

If you choose to apply online, you must visit the Social Security Administration website and complete an application. The website includes a helpful tutorial that walks you through the process step-by-step. Once your application has been submitted, completing the process typically takes less than 10 minutes.

If you prefer to apply over the phone, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778).


As you can see, each plan type has unique features and benefits. Choosing the right Medicare plan in Florida can seem daunting at first, but don’t let that scare you off. Take some time to research, ask questions, and decide which plan best fits your specific healthcare needs and budget. After all, sunshine and quality healthcare are two of the best things Florida has to offer, so why not take advantage of them both?

Article Sources:  Medicare Health Plans  |  Medigap Prescription Drug Coverage

Florida Medicare Resources

If you’re a Florida resident, it’s a good idea to look into the Medicare options available to you. Several resources in Florida can provide information and programs for seniors and caregivers, such as Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), public health agencies, and nonprofit groups. These organizations can significantly benefit seniors and improve their quality of life.

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