Medicare Star Ratings are one of several important factors to consider when evaluating Medicare plans. Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug plans use the Five-Star Rating system to indicate the overall strength of the plan, with one star representing the lowest score and five stars representing the highest score.
The overall Five-Star score, which is assigned by Medicare, is also broken down into a number of individual categories, which rate qualities such as customer service and plan responsiveness. By reviewing the individual ratings of a plan, you will get more detailed information on the strengths and weaknesses of that plan. In the same way that plan’s benefits change from year to year, the Star Ratings also may change from year to year, being reassigned each fall.
Star Ratings are an important part of how we evaluate Medicare plans, but there are many other factors we consider, such as the plan’s specific formulary, provider network, and premium. We examine all of these qualities and more when we make a plan recommendation to you.
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