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Medicare Advantage enrollment

Whether you’ll soon be turning 65 or preparing for Medicare annual enrollment, we’re here to help. Medicare plans change every year, so understanding your options and benefits is important.

Turning 65 and new to medicare?

You have important choices to make—and steps to take. Be sure to choose a Medicare plan that gives you easy access to Woodland Clinic doctors. You can continue to receive the outstanding care and expertise you’re accustomed to from doctors who truly know and care about you.


Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything: Medicare Parts A and B help cover your doctor and hospital costs—but you could still have thousands of dollars in medical bills to pay from your own pocket. A Medicare supplement or Medicare Advantage plan can help protect you against high medical costs. Medicare supplement plans give you more choices, but may cost more. Medicare Advantage plans may have lower costs and give you all-in-one convenience and coordinated care.


Learn more at a Medicare event

At our informational Medicare events, you'll get up-to-date and unbiased information from an independent, licensed insurance agent who represents all of the Medicare health plans we partner with. It’s free and there’s no obligation. Medicare events are coming soon. Check back for dates and locations near you.

Medicare annual enrollment period

Medicare annual enrollment typically runs October through December of each calendar year. For most people, this is your only opportunity to choose or change your Medicare health plan.

Medicare Advantage plans

Get more simplicity and savings, while keeping the doctors you trust. Many people choose a Medicare Advantage plan for convenience, coverage, and cost savings. Medicare Advantage plans from Health Net, UnitedHealthcare, and Anthem Blue Cross give you continued access to Woodland Clinic doctors. 

Also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage plans combine comprehensive coverage into one easy-to-use plan and usually provide more coverage than Original Medicare alone.


Some Medicare Advantage plans also include dental, vision, and hearing benefits. These all-in-one plans help simplify Medicare and may cost less than other options. 

In addition to providing more benefits than Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans deliver care in a different way. Unlike Original Medicare’s fee-for-service approach, Medicare Advantage plans work like a familiar HMO or PPO plan. Preventive services are emphasized and your primary care doctor manages your care. 

Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that this proactive, managed-care approach can be good for patients.

Compared to fee-for-service patients, Medicare Advantage patients:** 

  • Are more likely to receive preventive care 
  • Are less likely to go to the emergency room 
  • Have fewer disease-specific complications 
  • Have shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions

Medicare Advantage plans can also be very cost-effective. 

We partner with Medicare health plans that offer: 

  • Monthly plan premiums as low as $0 
  • Prescription drug copays as low as $0† 
  • Copays as low as $0 to see your primary care doctor 
  • Copays as low as $10 for specialist visits 
  • Gym membership included

Helpful medicare resources

Connect to the information and help you need. At Woodland Clinic, we truly care about you and your health. We want you to have the answers you need to make the right choices for you. Here are some resources that may be helpful. 


This program provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights and health care options.
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This brochure, published by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, tells you more about Medicare Annual Enrollment, including important dates and resources.
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You can download an electronic version of the handbook that includes the most up-to-date information and plans.
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We contract with Plan Sponsors who offer Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, CSNP and DSNP plans and have a Medicare contract. Enrollment with one of these Plan Sponsors depends on contract renewal. For accommodations of persons with special needs at meetings call (800) 400-6070 (TTY 711). Other providers are available in the Plan Sponsors’ networks. For a complete list of available plans or for more information about Medicare, please call 1-800-MEDICARE ((800) 633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit TTY users should call (877) 486-2048

Dignity Health Medical Foundation complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. For assistance, please call: (800) 400-6070 (TTY 711).

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