What are star ratings?
Medicare developed its star rating system to give people with Medicare an objective measure of a plan’s performance. The rating system gives people a way to consider quality as well as cost as they make enrollment decisions. Medicare evaluates plans every year and scores them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars indicating the highest performance. The results are posted every fall, usually in October.
Peoples Health is a proven leader in health care quality.
Medicare started rating Medicare Advantage plans in 2008, and Peoples Health has always scored high. Peoples Health is the only Medicare Advantage organization in Louisiana to achieve the highest rating in the state for seven years straight. For the third year in a row, Peoples Health earned 5 out of 5 stars, Medicare’s highest rating, and for 2024, Peoples Health is the only 5-star plan in Louisiana!*
This 5-star rating is an overall rating—a combination of the two broad categories of health plan and drug plan quality.
Do you know that Medicare allows people to switch to the highest-quality plans outside of the Annual Enrollment Period? †
Since Peoples Health earned Medicare’s highest rating—5 out of 5 stars for 2023 and 2024—you may be able to enroll today and start receiving our 5-star benefits next month.
When it comes to quality, don’t take our word for it. Take Medicare’s.
When most people shop for a Medicare plan, they look at benefits and cost. But be sure to check the plan’s star rating. It tells how well the plan is performing and how satisfied members are with the plan. A higher star rating means a higher quality plan.
Much of the information Medicare uses to rate a plan is based on data, like member records and claims. But an understanding of member experience can’t be found in data alone. For that, Medicare goes straight to the source and surveys actual plan members.
Where can people find information on a plan’s star rating?
Medicare takes into consideration a range of items, including:
For our H1961 plans.
How well the plan helps members stay healthy and improve their health
How well the plan helps members with long-term conditions manage their care
The quality of call center services and how well the plan processes appeals and new enrollments in a timely manner
How many members left the plan, submitted complaints or had issues getting services
Including drug plan pricing and patient safety
How satisfied members are with the plan
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Why are star ratings important?
Medicare created its star rating system to provide consumers with an easy, unbiased way to compare plans. When most people shop for a Medicare plan, they look at benefits and cost. But when you’re comparing plans that are similar in cost and coverage, look at the star rating. That tells you how well the plan is performing and how satisfied members are with the plan. A higher star rating means a higher quality plan.
Medicare reviews plan performance yearly and releases new star ratings each fall. This means plan ratings may change from year to year.
If a plan receives a low star rating (less than 3 stars) for three years in a row, they are issued a warning from Medicare.
How many 5-star plans are there?
It’s not an easy task to reach 5-star status. For 2024, only 31 Medicare Advantage plan contracts with prescription drug coverage were rated 5 stars. That’s less than 6% of all plan contracts.**
Where can I find information on a plan’s star rating?
You can compare plans and their star ratings side by side at medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. You’ll see a gold star icon next to 5-star plans and a red alert icon next to low-performing plans. New star ratings come out each October and apply for the next calendar year.
If a plan has no rating, that means the plan is new or there might not be enough information for a rating to be done.
Can I enroll in a Peoples Health plan outside of the Annual Enrollment Period?
Most people can change their coverage during the Annual Enrollment Period from October 15 through December 7.
However, there are exceptions that allow you to enroll outside of this period. For example, you may qualify for a special enrollment period if you are new to Medicare, have Medicaid or move.
You can also qualify for a special enrollment period if you want to enroll in or switch to a 5-star plan, like Peoples Health for 2024.*† This means that you can enroll outside of Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period.
You may only use this special enrollment period once per calendar year.
Star RAtings Summaries
2023 Medicare Star Ratings for Peoples Health Plans
Star ratings for HMO-POS plans under contract H1961:
Star ratings for 2023 updated by Medicare in October 2022.
2024 Medicare Star Ratings for Peoples Health Plans
Star ratings for HMO-POS plans under contract H1961:
- Peoples Health Choices 65 (HMO-POS) Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge Area
- Peoples Health Choices 65 (HMO-POS) Northshore
- Peoples Health Choices 65 (HMO-POS) Southland
- Peoples Health Choices 65 (HMO-POS) Rural Southeast
- Peoples Health Medicare Advantage LA-0004 (HMO-POS)
- Peoples Health Choices Gold (HMO-POS)
Star ratings for 2024 updated by Medicare in October 2023.
*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Peoples Health plans under Medicare contract H1961 are rated 5 out of 5 stars for 2024.
† A 5-Star Special Enrollment Period may be used one time between Dec. 8 and Nov. 30, provided you meet the plan’s enrollment requirements.