Tucson is one of the largest cities in Arizona, with a population of 557,718. Medicare beneficiaries in Tucson comprise almost half the population, with 269,298 people enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. With its warm, dry climate, many beneficiaries choose to live in Arizona when they retire.

Of the Medicare members in Tucson, 51.12% are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

Medicare plans in Tucson, Arizona

Today we’ll cover all Arizona Medicare options, starting with the most affordable Medicare Advantage plans. Next, we’ll move to the average Medicare Supplement pricing. Following that, we’ll discuss the cheapest Medicare Part D plans.

Finally, we’ll cover special needs plans in Tucson and how to enroll in a Medicare plan. The data shown below is based on a 70-year-old man.

Medicare Advantage plans

Tucson is in Prima County. Beneficiaries in Prima County have 48 different Medicare Part C plan options they can choose from. Medicare Advantage plans are another way to receive your benefits.

Medicare Part C plans in Arizona must cover everything Original Medicare covers but typically include additional benefits. Many of the plans have a zero-premium and include drug coverage.

UnitedHealthcare is one of the largest Medicare insurers in the nation. AARP backs them and boasts robust plans nationwide. As you can see below, their HMO has a 4-star and low maximum out-of-pocket rating. UHC’s members swear by the care and service they receive.

Alignment is a small California-based healthcare company that offers plans in Maricopa and Prima counties in AZ. They are relatively new to the Medicare Advantage space and have not yet been assigned a star rating. They have the lowest maximum out-of-pocket cost of $2,499, making them a good choice for comprehensive care.

The average cost of Medicare Advantage plans in Tucson, Arizona

PLAN PREMIUM MOOP Plan Type Star Rating
UnitedHealthcare $0 $2,600 HMO 4
Alignment $0 $2,499 HMO N/A
Clover Health $0 $3,400 LOCAL PPO 3
Amerigroup $0 $2,700 HMO N/A
Globalhealth $0 $3,400 HMO N/A

Medicare Supplement plans

Medicare Supplement plans in Arizona help pick up what’s leftover from Original Medicare. Costs such as your hospital deductible and 20% co-insurance.

You can see below the lowest and highest costs of each plan letter. It looks a bit like an alphabet soup. Most Medicare beneficiaries choose to enroll in Plans F, G, or N.

Plan F is the reigning champion as far as plans go. Simply put, Anything Medicare covers, Plan F will cover your portion of the costs. You only pay your monthly premium and nothing else when seeking medical care.

Plan G is gaining popularity, especially since Plan F is discontinued for new Medicare members. Plan G has identical coverage to plan F, with one difference. It doesn’t cover the small annual Part B deductible. Once a beneficiary meets that deductible, no more costs are outside the monthly premium.

Plan F and Plan G both have high deductible options. Once you meet your deductible, you will pay nothing additional except your monthly premium for Medicare-covered services.

The most cost-effective plan is Plan N. Plan N is similar coverage to Plan G. The main difference is when you visit the doctor, you will have a copay of up to $20. For the emergency room, your copay is up to $50. The only other thing not covered by Plan N is excess charges.

The average cost of Medicare Supplement plans in Tucson, Arizona

PLAN A $112.23 $492.96
PLAN B $162.75 $376.06
PLAN C $167.35 $421.75
PLAN D $140.08 $353.00
PLAN F $137.83 $494.92
PLAN HDF $49.14 $71.96
PLAN G $121.01 $444.43
PLAN HDG $46.68 $69.09
PLAN K $47.58 $161.00
PLAN L $82.00 $308.37
PLAN M $102.92 $349.79
PLAN N $104.67 $352.76

Medicare Part D prescription drug plans

Part D prescription plans in Arizona are the fourth part of Medicare. You can get drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage or a stand-alone Part D Plan. Since Medicare Supplements don’t include drug coverage, you must choose a Part D plan when enrolling in a Medigap plan.

Aetna has the lowest premium in the nation with its SilverScript branded drug plans. With a premium under $10 and backing from their parent company CVS, Aetna is a safe bet for your drug plan.

Wellcare has the second-lowest premium, and with the backing of Centene, their parent company, they are a very good option for prescription coverage.

Humana has been in the Medicare realm for many years. They are one of the staples of the industry in all aspects of Medicare options. Their cheapest Part D plan comes at just over $20.

The average cost of Medicare Part D plans in Tucson, Arizona

Aetna $7.50 $480 3
Wellcare $13.00 $480 3
Humana $22.70 $480 4
UnitedHealthcare $27.60 $310 4
Clear Spring $29.10 $480 2

Special Needs plans

Special Needs Plans are specially designed for people with specific circumstances. There are three types of Special Needs Plans.

D-SNP – These plans help low-income beneficiaries and coordinate with Medicaid to offset costs.

C-SNP – These plans are designed for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions. They can lower the drug tiers and cover specific services and procedures at a lower cost than regular Part C plans.

I-SNP – These cater to people living in an institutional setting.

SNP plans are unavailable in all areas, so check with a licensed insurance broker to see what’s available.

Banner Health is a small insurance company that services the Tucson area. They are known for their Dual Special Needs plans and catering to those with low income.

Global Health is another smaller insurance provider that services Prima County. They have great C-SNP plans.

Wellcare has some of the most robust benefits in the nation for its SNP plans. Coverage will vary depending on where you live if you’re looking for an SNP Medicare Advantage plan. Wellcare could be an excellent option for you.

The average cost of Medicare Special Needs plans in Tucson, Arizona

PLAN PREMIUM MOOP Plan Type Eligibility
Banner $0 $2,900 HMO Dual
Globalhealth $0 $2,900 HMO Chronic or Disabling
Amerigroup $0 $2,700 HMO Institutional
Wellcare $0 $5,000 HMO Chronic or Disabling
UnitedHealthcare $0 $2,600 HMO Chronic or Disabling

How to sign up for Medicare plans in Tucson, Arizona

If you need help enrolling or determining which Medicare plan option is for you. You’re in luck. We have access to every carrier in Tucson and can help guide you.

Our licensed insurance brokers specialize in Medicare. They’ll help educate you, assess your needs, and provide options that fit them. They can even walk you through the enrollment process, making it quick and easy.

Don’t delay; give us a call today! If now isn’t a good time, fill out our online request form, and we’ll reach out.

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Lindsay Malzone, Lindsay Malzone is the Medicare editor for Medigap.com. She's been contributing to many well-known publications since 2017. Her passion is educating Medicare beneficiaries on all their supplemental Medicare options so they can make an informed decision on their healthcare coverage.
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Rodolfo Marrero, Rodolfo Marrero is one of the co-founders at Medigap.com. He has been helping consumers find the right coverage since the site was founded in 2013. Rodolfo is a licensed insurance agent that works hand-in-hand with the team to ensure the accuracy of the content.